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

b : neck sense 1

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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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First Known Use of make out

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

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