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Definition of 'make out'


  1. detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
       Synonyms: recognize recognise distinguish discern pick out tell apart
  2. make out and issue; "write out a check"; "cut a ticket"; "Please make the check out to me"
       Synonyms: write out issue cut
  3. comprehend; "I cannot make out what this politician is saying"
  4. proceed or get along; "How is she doing in her new job?"; "How are you making out in graduate school?"; "He's come a long way"
       Synonyms: do fare come get along
  5. come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
       Synonyms: cope get by make do contend grapple deal manage
  6. kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion; "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"
       Synonyms: neck
  7. write all the required information onto a form; "fill out this questionnaire, please!"; "make out a form"
       Synonyms: complete fill out fill in
  8. imply or suggest; "Your remarks make me out to be stupid"
  9. try to establish; "She made out that she know nothing about the crime"

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