make it up to

make it up to somebody

1. to do something good for someone because you upset them I know I disappointed him, but I promised to make it up to him.
2. to do something good for someone because they did something good for you She had always been there for him, and he didn't know how he could ever make it up to her.
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make it up to somebody

to do something good for someone who you have done something bad to in the past, or to someone who has done something good for you I know I've behaved badly and I've upset you but I'll make it up to you, I promise.
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