make 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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Though phones were banned from the event, multiple people reported seeing Tristan and Jordyn getting cozy and even making out at one point. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods' Cheating Scandal and Everything That Went Down," 22 Feb. 2019 Demi's like, nope. Colton and Caelynn are having a good time talking/making out while Heather gives Hannah B. horrible advice: Warn him about Caelynn. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 3 Recap: Elyse for Bachelorette?," 21 Jan. 2019 The company announced late last year that the checks will be included in envelopes in all markets across the country and will be made out to cash, according to a company press release. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "ValPak checks are the real deal, company says," 27 Mar. 2018 On display among the creations was a sculpture made out of 40 pairs of khaki pants—also sourced from Kmart—that were balled up, stuffed with paper, and expertly draped on a mannequin. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Born in Buffalo and Trained in London, Edwin Mohney Sources the Fabric for His Radical Ball Gowns at Kmart," 16 Feb. 2019 Besides making out at two very busy intersections, the couple has gotten around, spending some time in Bellevue and Seattle. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Recreated A Date He Had With Selena Gomez With Wife Hailey Baldwin," 18 Dec. 2018 Already proud advocates of a little PDA (in the subtle form of making out on the sidewalk, no less), the Broadway actor, 43, revealed that things are very much still going strong for the new couple. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan's New Boyfriend Steve Kazee Left the Sweetest Comment on Her Instagram," 3 Dec. 2018 When paparazzi snapped a photo of pop sensation Sam Smith making out with his boyfriend, actor Brandon Flynn, the internet went wild. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Sam Smith Compares His Much-Memed Kiss With Boyfriend Brandon Flynn to Ursula From 'The Little Mermaid'," 9 Mar. 2018 Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: C.S. Lewis’s Test," 25 Jan. 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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The first known use of make out was in the 15th century

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