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 Members of the media and Bartek’s family who watched the video via Zoom feed in a different location of the Justice Center could not make out the audio and had to rely on the attorneys repeating what was said to Legg on the stand. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 27 July 2022 The officer could just make out the exhausted dog’s nose in the night as the animal barely bobbed above the surface of the water. Fox News, 18 July 2022 Along with a full make out session, there's a ton to unpack in the episode preview. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 3 June 2022 Wingerter didn’t have time to make out the lines, and for the two-hour visit on their friend’s porch, the intrigue nagged like an itch. Danny Freedman, Outside Online, 8 July 2022 The only shapes that are easy to make out are the headlights, which look like Gollum's bulbous eyes peering out in the dark. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 6 July 2022 Manufacturers’ competitive advantage decades down the road is at stake, and those who can make out the forest through the trees will be the ones who grow and succeed. Ethan Karp, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The fire broke out on a cargo deck where the vehicles were stowed, according to Mendes Cabecas, but when the alarm went of there was already too much smoke to make out where the blaze had started., 22 Feb. 2022 But the two men could still make out the blue carriages. CNN, 2 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of make out

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

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14 Aug 2022

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“Make out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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