Make up for

Make up for - Phrasal Verb


If you try to make up for something, you are trying to compensate for missed opportunities or mistakes that you have made, especially neglecting someone or forgetting what is important to the other person.

1. If you’re late for work, do you try to make up for it and act extra friendly to your boss and coworkers… or maybe work a little harder or faster?

2. Do you think there’s any way for a person to make up for killing someone or something equally as extreme?

3. It is the same story the world over: Parents who are not present while their children are growing up (because they are too busy focusing on their career or social life) try to make up for it by giving their children expensive things. There is no substitute for a parent’s time. Steve Jobs gave his family everything except his time. Does all that money make up for him not being there?

4. If you’ve forgotten your wife’s/ husband’s/ partner’s birthday or your wedding anniversary, etc., how could you make up for it without having to suffer the consequences?