make out

verb
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 The voice on the other end of the phone was muffled and Mayra could not make out what was being said. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Gay people were only represented by Ross' ex-wife and Joey's obsession with watching hot women make out with each other. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 Everyone is searching through place cards and trying to make out their own name in calligraphy. Chris Hachey, BGR, 5 Mar. 2021 Sure, lots of really well-off — okay, rich — people would make out really well if the SALT cap were removed. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Charlie and Margaret could make out pieces of their conversations. Ew Staff, EW.com, 12 May 2021 Jockeys and gamblers may come and go, horses may falter or come up lame on the track, but owners and trainers can still make out nicely, year after year. Timothy L. O’brien Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 Said casino has been inundated by advanced zombies who can go fast, ride horses, and even make out. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 13 Apr. 2021 Further misleading any theorists, astronomers could make out little mountains in the center of each depression. Cody Cassidy, Wired, 9 Apr. 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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The first known use of make out was in the 15th century

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3 Jun 2021

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“Make out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20out. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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