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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Synonyms for make out


cope, do, fare, get along, get by, get on, manage, shift

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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.

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Their words, amid the sobbing, are almost impossible to make out. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 The Americans could make out rocket tubes mounted on the pilothouse of one boat. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 The final payment of $30,000 was not made out to his firm, but to a trust account for future costs associated with the case, Mandell said. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Orlando man accused of wife’s murder hid money from court to get public defender, prosecutor says," 17 June 2019 No adverse events have been reported to date, the company said, but the recall was made out of an abundance of caution stemming from a consumer report. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Infant formula sold only at Walmart is recalled because of fears of metal," 23 June 2019 The horizontal picture has been scanned and enlarged in an effort to make out the 147 names, but more than a dozen names are illegible, either blocked by a wooden fence in the foreground or listed on sides of the memorial that are outside the frame. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A group wants to rebuild a World War II memorial. This photo is all that’s left to go on.," 20 June 2019 There are the dudes who convince a love interest to make out, their backs pressed against the Millers’ fence., "If you’ve ever peed outside this New Orleans bar, you may have been caught on camera," 3 June 2019 For example, here is one fact unmentioned in Mr. Sorial’s piece: During the hearing, Mr. Cohen displayed a $35,000 check on camera, made out to him on Aug. 1, 2017, from the personal account of President Trump. WSJ, "Some Facts About Michael Cohen That Are Indisputable," 10 May 2019 Checks can be made out to Simsbury Veterans Memorial Fund. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of make out

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

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The first known use of make out was in the 15th century

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to form ideas or theories about something

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