- (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 create a new physical look, 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 and/or take in a new direction.
The senator needs to make over his image.
- (idiomatic) To transfer ownership, especially by means of a legal document.
1915, George A. Birmingham, “chapter I”, in Gossamer (Project Gutenberg; EBook #24394), London: Methuen & Co., published 8 January 2013 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 558189256:
- 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)