- (idiomatic) To renovate or to convert to a different use, particularly houses, offices, or rooms within them.
- We're going to make over the garage into a guest suite.
- (idiomatic) (of a person, particularly a woman) To give a new physical look to, especially with a new hairstyle, cosmetics, or clothes.
- Cindy is going to make over Karen tomorrow.
- (idiomatic) (of a career, public image, etc.) To improve upon or take in a new direction.
- The senator needs to make over his image.
- (idiomatic) To transfer ownership of, especially by means of a legal document.
- 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
- makeover (noun)
- French: relooker
- German: renovieren, aufarbeiten, überarbeiten, instandsetzen, umgestalten
- Spanish: reformar