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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The pair full-on made out during a photoshoot in 2012. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke's Friendship Is Founded on Dirty Jokes and Awkward Kissing," 21 Mar. 2019 Stronger Utility Poles Among the most immediate improvements a utility can make is replacing flammable wooden utility poles with ones made out of concrete, steel or fiberglass, which are less fire-prone and stronger. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "What Utilities Can Do to Strengthen the Grid," 22 Jan. 2019 The 193-square-foot space located at L’Orangerie de la Manufacture in Sèvres, France, is made out of 3,000 pounds of chocolate and can accommodate up to four guests. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Cottage in France made entirely of chocolate available to book for a limited time," 25 Sep. 2018 Kristen Stewart and Sara Dinkin took a new step in their relationship at Coachella Friday night: The public make out session. Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart and Sara Dinkin Engage in Steamy PDA at Coachella," 14 Apr. 2019 That’s when the employee conducted an audit and found $3.7 million in checks had been made out to Rostohar since January 2018, prosecutors said. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Credit union liquidated as manager charged with embezzlement," 29 Mar. 2019 In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made out to The Alzheimer's Association or, "John Randall Davidson," 8 July 2018 Apparently there were shots of the pair making out, but those got deleted from Twitter. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Wins the Bachelorette and Hannah Brown's Heart? Here's Everything We Know," 8 Apr. 2019 Premium for less Also like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab S5e’s back is made out of metal rather than glass, which should cut down on the slipperiness as compared to the S4. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e has an OLED screen, Android Pie and no S Pen for $400," 15 Feb. 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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