Definition of Make out

1. Verb. Detect with the senses. "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"

2. Verb. Make out and issue. "The banks make out the check"; "Please make the check out to me"
Exact synonyms: Cut, Issue, Write Out
Generic synonyms: Write
Specialized synonyms: Check

3. Verb. Comprehend. "I cannot make out what this politician is saying"
Generic synonyms: Understand

4. Verb. Proceed or get along. "He's come a long way"
Exact synonyms: Come, Do, Fare, Get Along
Generic synonyms: Go, Proceed

5. Verb. Come to terms with. "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

6. Verb. Have sexual intercourse with. "Sam cannot make out Sue "; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"

7. Verb. Kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion. "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"

8. Verb. Write all the required information onto a form. "Make out a form"

9. Verb. Imply or suggest. "Your remarks make me out to be stupid"
Generic synonyms: Intimate, Suggest

10. Verb. Try to establish. "She made out that she know nothing about the crime"
Generic synonyms: Claim

Definition of Make out

1. Verb. (transitive) To draw up (a document etc.), to designate (a cheque) (term to) a given recipient, payee. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To send out. (defdate 16th-17th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (context: now chiefly US regional intransitive) To manage, get along; to do (well, badly etc.). (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To represent; to make (something) appear to be true. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To succeed in seducing; to have sex (term with). (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

7. Verb. (context: slang chiefly US intransitive) To kiss passionately. (defdate from 20th c.) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Make Out

make mincemeat out of
make much
make no bones about
make noise
make noises
make off
make off with
make old bones
make one's bed
make one's bed and lie in it
make one's mark
make one's way
make oneself at home
make oneself scarce
make or break
make out like a bandit
make over
make peace
make possible
make pure
make quick work of
make relaxed
make right
make room
make semblant
make sense
make short work of
make somebody's hair curl

Literary usage of Make out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Richard Davis Craig, Great Britain Court of Chancery, Thomas Jodrell Phillips (1842)
"... so as to enable the Court to do justice to the Defendant, in the event of the Plaintiff's failing to make out his case at the hearing. COTMAN v. ORTON. ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"... and section 6 of the same Act required the owner to make out and deliver to the assessor a statement under oath of all the personal property, moneys, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1903)
"In the note to the page last mentioned It Is said, "His duty Is to draw plans, make out specifications, and generally superintend the execution of the work. ..."

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