Is there any difference between the meaning of make up to someone and make it up to someone?

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"Make up to someone" isn't used in the UK. If you have had an argument with someone and there is bad feeling between the two of you, you might decide to "Make it up with them".

On the other hand, if you have done something to cause them some form of loss, then you might decide to "make it up to them" by putting wrong the right.


"My friend and I argued, but I have since made up with him."


"I broke my friend's vase, but I have made it up to him by buying him a new one"

It's possible that the act of "making something up to someone" has the side-effect of "making it up with someone" if the person is angry with you for some loss you have caused them.

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    Also "make it up to someone" also implies you will provide some remedy for the loss. In the example you would have replaced or paid for the vase ("it") that you broke.
    – user3169
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 16:50
  • @user3169 Thanks - I should have made that clear, so have added it to my answer.
    – Steve Ives
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 18:51

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