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 Starbucks started releasing holiday cups in 1997 and since then, various designs have featured everything from little a village made out of coffee pots, to a man sledding with a dog, to a winking snowman. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Starbucks unveils five new holiday cups — including an environmentally friendly reusable one," 7 Nov. 2019 Because they are made out of military grade materials, the bags hold up well to wear, tear, and the elements, the sisters say. Susan Keating,, "Sisters Transform Military Materials Into 'Beautiful' Bags — and Use the Profits to Help Vets," 25 Oct. 2019 Fritz Johnson, a board member serving in his second term, says the decisions aren’t as cold and calculated as they’re being made out to be. Alex Hager, Anchorage Daily News, "Chignik Bay is ‘hanging by a thread’ after a second year of scant fishing," 3 Aug. 2019 Put together, the Mueller-Lieu exchange is not the bombshell it’s being made out to be. Alex Ward, Vox, "The “Whoa!” moment of the Mueller hearings so far, explained," 24 July 2019 The defense won’t be as staunch as it’s being made out to be, and the offensive line has issues because Garett Bolles at left tackle is a sieve/holding machine. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Of all the strange things that could happen to Broncos in 2019, this might be the wackiest …," 13 July 2019 This could be considered a typical scene, except they’re all made out of sand. Breanne Kovatch,, "Sand gets transformed into spectacles on Hampton Beach during sculpting competition," 21 June 2019 She has also been criticized for insisting that several of her major characters were of a different race or sexuality than they were made out to be in the books. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Vans x Harry Potter is the sneaker collection no one asked for but everyone wants," 7 June 2019 Next to the black spire in the center of a village is a seven-foot-tall statue that looks like it’s made out of ancient limestone. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Disney Built a Star Wars Planet," 3 June 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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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Make out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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