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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Brown then posted a video on YouTube late Friday that included audio of what appeared to be a conversation between him and Gruden, and which suggested all was perhaps not quite as well in Oakland as the Raiders were trying to make out. Max Burman, NBC News, "Antonio Brown asks Oakland Raiders to release him ahead of new NFL season," 7 Sep. 2019 As Undine’s flaky brother, who is writing an epic poem about Br’er Rabbit and oppression, Kevin E. Thorne II gets to unleash some piquant roller-coaster rants; unfortunately, the words in one thematically important spiel are hard to make out. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Lynn Nottage’s comic ‘Fabulation’ maps a slide down the social ladder," 28 Aug. 2019 In some sections, motorists and passengers will be about 50 feet apart and might be able to make out each other’s expressions – though briefly. Kevin Spear,, "Virgin Trains digs into building 125 mph track across Orange and Brevard," 22 Aug. 2019 Joseph looks straight ahead; Eleanor looks at Joseph, trying to make out a shadow of his younger self. Elena Nicolaou,, "What's The Deal With Commander Lawrence's Wife In The Handmaid's Tale?," 20 June 2019 Deep, wide dents filled with water are populated by animals with scales or blowholes or no eyes, and ones that live in shells that look like tiny purses made out of little plates. Jenny Slate, The New Yorker, "Going to the Restaurant," 16 Sep. 2019 But many of the building’s historic details remain, including the circa 1906 marble, restored columns and table bases made out of 1920s newspaper roll carts. Janelle Bitker,, "Chris Pastena gets a second chance with Tribune Tavern reopening in Oakland," 13 Sep. 2019 What do a big blue egg, Coca-Cola cupcakes and a makeup brush made out of a lock of hair have in common? Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This '5-Minute Craft' YouTube Channel Is Captivating the Masses With Its Eccentric DIY Projects," 4 Sep. 2019 In 1962, Trans World Airlines built this hulking flight center, with its swooping arches made out of white concrete. Nneka M. Okona, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airports (and Terminals) You'll Actually Want to Spend Time in," 28 Aug. 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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