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 And there are the words that appear at the bottom of the screen, not just dialogue but descriptions of blasting music or ambient party chatter—the sounds that Ruben can no longer make out. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: The 2021 Nominees for Best Screenplays," 8 Apr. 2021 Nelson acknowledged the images were difficult to make out., "Derek Chauvin trial: Expert testifies former Minneapolis officer never took knee off George Floyd’s neck," 7 Apr. 2021 Nelson acknowledged the images were difficult to make out., "Derek Chauvin never took his knee off George Floyd’s neck, use-of-force expert testifies," 7 Apr. 2021 Nelson acknowledged the images were difficult to make out. Amy Forliti, Star Tribune, "Police official: Chauvin trained to avoid neck pressure," 6 Apr. 2021 Nelson acknowledged the images were difficult to make out. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Minneapolis police official testifies Derek Chauvin was trained to avoid neck pressure," 6 Apr. 2021 They are also told not to make out-of-court statements that could heighten public condemnation of the accused. Bill Rankin, ajc, "State Bar considers strict penalties for prosecutorial misconduct," 24 Mar. 2021 But the second part is harder to make out, at least so far. Allyson Waller,, "US risks new surge as variants spread and restrictions are relaxed, Fauci says," 8 Mar. 2021 Families, in fact, will make out the best once all the direct deposits have been finished and the final paper check under this new stimulus plan has been mailed out. Andy Meek, BGR, "Biden’s stimulus checks are giving one group of people a huge payday," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of make out

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

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16 Apr 2021

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“Make out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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