make out

made out; making out; makes out

Definition of make out

transitive verb

1 : to complete (something, such as a printed form) by supplying required information make out a check
2 : to find or grasp the meaning of tried to make out what had really happened
3 : to form an opinion or idea about : conclude how do you make that out
4a : to represent as being made them out to be losers
b : to pretend to be true made out that he had never heard of me
5 : to represent or delineate in detail
6 : to see and identify with difficulty or effort : discern make out a ship through the fog

intransitive verb

1 : get along, fare how are you making out with the new job
2a : to engage in sexual intercourse

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Examples of make out in a Sentence

we're not rich, but we're making out all right I can't quite make out what she is trying to say.
Recent Examples on the Web After being photographed making out by the pool in Miami Beach, the 18-year old model and 26-year-old comedian attended a friend's wedding together, per Just Jared. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber and Pete Davidson Just Held Hands at a Friend's Wedding," 24 Nov. 2019 The pair were first spotted together at a Golden Globes after party in January and were famously spotted making out at a hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York City in March. Ashley Boucher,, "Kate Beckinsale Contemplates 'Living in a Simulation' with Her Glam Squad While Posing Topless," 4 Nov. 2019 The artificial vision is good enough to make out the title of a book, Palanker says, though not the words on its pages. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "New technologies promise sharper artificial vision for blind people," 31 Oct. 2019 Even for believers in Sirius, however, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting hard to make out. The Economist, "Sirius Minerals, Britain’s first deep mine in decades, is in a hole," 17 Oct. 2019 There's a brief glimpse of two men meeting secretly by a river, but their faces are too blurry to make out. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "First full trailer for El Camino picks up where Breaking Bad left off," 24 Sep. 2019 Soon, Mendes and Cabello were seen making out and holding hands from coast to coast. Los Angeles Times, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello do not kiss like fish at all," 12 Sep. 2019 Beretta has been making out schedules for Army for the last 15 years. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Call anyone to play Alabama? Challenge accepted, Nick Saban," 9 Sep. 2019 Checks should be made out to: Carmon Community Funeral Homes and either brought to Carmon Funeral Home at 807 Bloomfield Avenue in Windsor, or mailed to: Carmon Community Funeral Homes, Attn: Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 6, Windsor CT 06095., "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of make out

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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12 Dec 2019

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“Make out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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