make out

verb
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of make out

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
4 a : 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
1 : get along, fare
  • how are you making out with the new job
2 a : to engage in sexual intercourse
b : neck 1

Examples of make out in a Sentence

  1. we're not rich, but we're making out all right

  2. I can't quite make out what she is trying to say.

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First Known Use of make out

15th century



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