(tr) to discern or perceive: can you make out that house in the distance?
(tr) to understand or comprehend: I can't make out this letter
(tr) to write out: he made out a cheque
(tr) to attempt to establish or prove: he made me out to be a liar
(intr) to pretend: he made out that he could cook
(intr) to manage or fare: how did you make out in the contest?
(intr often foll by with) informal, mainly US and Canadian to engage in necking or petting: Alan is making out with Jane
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
How to use make out in a sentence
They're also proof that no matter how fancy you are, you can't escape the urge to watch two girls make out.High-End Pervs Film Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon Sucking Face | Amy Zimmerman | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jenny Slate and Rosario Dawson make out at midnight because everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.High-End Pervs Film Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon Sucking Face | Amy Zimmerman | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you zoom in on Google Maps, you can just make out the jumbles of industrial machinery tucked away inside.
We could make out what she said cheekily in response to his questions.
They peered out into the gloom from Battery Park and could not make out her form.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty | Elizabeth Mitchell | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Who he could not make out, except that it was a Kirton: and it prayed him to hasten down immediately.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Well, old boy, I guess you lost me more than I'll make out of you; but you've given me what I ought to have had three years ago!The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
I could not make out what it was, for the wind-was rustling the corn-shocks, but I arose and feigned to listen.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
He stopped in the road and turned towards his companion, the shining of whose eyes he could just make out in the gloom.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
And she thanked Heaven that in the dusk and in the shadow where she stood he could but ill make out her face.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Other Idioms and Phrases with make out
Discern or see, especially with difficulty, as in I can hardly make out the number on the door. [Mid-1700s]
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