Meaning of make out in English:

make out

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phrasal verb

  • 1make someone or something out, make out someone or somethingManage with some difficulty to see or hear someone or something.

    ‘in the dim light it was difficult to make out the illustration’
    • ‘The blurriness in his eyes made it difficult to read but eventually he managed to make it out.’
    • ‘I didn't know what I was saying, because I couldn't hear it or make it out, but I saw Jason walk up again, and again he was crying.’
    • ‘His voice became faint to her, and her vision blurry, but as she could no longer make him out or hear his voice she couldn't tell what he said.’
    • ‘Even at 200 feet, it was extremely hard to make them out.’
    • ‘It was difficult to make them out though as their faces seemed to shine so brightly.’
    • ‘My guess is that this object was at a very high altitude, because even using a zoom lens it was hard to make the shape out.’
    • ‘Out comes the first yellow card of the afternoon from referee Codjia, although it's hard to make the card out against his rather bright get-up.’
    • ‘He squinted at it, trying hard to make it out in the dark.’
    • ‘I squint through the glare of the floodlights and struggle to make her out in the window.’
    • ‘Downstairs, in the gloom, you can just make out the figures of two large men.’
    see, discern, distinguish, perceive, pick out, detect, notice, observe, recognize, catch sight of, glimpse, discover
    understand, comprehend, follow, grasp, fathom, work out, figure out, make sense of, interpret, decipher, make head or tail of, get, get the drift of, catch
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    1. 1.1make someone out, make out someoneUnderstand a person's character or motivation.
      ‘I can't make her out—she's so inconsistent’
      • ‘It's difficult to make Jason out because he was fine in Australia's first round match at the beginning of the week.’
      • ‘He clearly feels protective of her, but she can't make him out: is he a fantastic copper or just a complete nutter?’
      demonstrate, show to be true, establish, substantiate, prove, verify, validate, authenticate, corroborate
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  • 2make someone or something out, make out someone or somethingwith infinitive or clause Assert or imply something about a particular person or thing.

    ‘I'm not as bad as I'm made out to be’
    • ‘Knowing now some of the unspeakable horrors that other children went through it is difficult to make him out as anything other than firm but fair.’
    • ‘In our very hearing you make him out to be a traitor!’
    • ‘It is not as difficult as you first make it out to be.’
    • ‘Flanagan writes with verve and vim, but she's not as single-minded as her critics make her out to be.’
    • ‘Going after a man, explains Baisden, isn't as hard as people make it out to be.’
    • ‘It's pretty funny, because the more they make us out to be freaks, the more I learn they're pretty much like us.’
    • ‘Shields insists things were never as bad as people make out.’
    • ‘We are bright, intelligent people, not simply the stiletto-wearing bimbos that you make us out to be.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, however, finding and being admitted into the right school does not have to be as difficult as many people make it out to be.’
    • ‘I don't think the set-piece is as bad as some people seem to be making out.’
    • ‘While things are not perfect, they are not quite as black and white as many are making out.’
    1. 2.1make something out, make out somethingTry to give a specified impression; pretend.
      ‘he's trying to make out that he's very poor’
      • ‘he made out he was leaving’
      • ‘Anyway, at the end of the discussion Robbie was making out that they had settled everything.’
      • ‘We had half a page in the local paper, who made out they had discovered the whole story.’
      • ‘He makes out that he's sick, so Dan immediately decides to can the trip (much to his fiancée's chagrin).’
      • ‘He just slowly edges up to me, making out like he is just snuggling up.’
      • ‘This is the sound of someone losing the plot - making out that they're okay when they're not.’
      • ‘It would be fairly ridiculous to go around making out that writing poems was what I was doing with my life all the time.’
      • ‘He regularly humiliates dinner-party guests and makes out that his cellphone is on the blink to end dull conversations.’
      • ‘When I challenge him to stop getting sarky, he acts all hurt and makes out he never even realised he was doing what he was doing, but I'm not so sure about that.’
      • ‘I made out I was a big time player, willing to provide some funding in return for a cut of the action.’
      • ‘Michael made out he didn't hear him.’
      feign, pretend, give the impression, make a pretence of, make a show of, affect, feint, make out
      allege, claim, assert, declare, maintain, affirm, aver, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute, make as if, make as though, pretend
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  • 3make something out, make out somethingDraw up or write out a list or document.

    ‘send a cheque made out to Trinity College’
    • ‘When she made out her application, she received offers from universities including Lancaster, but she refused because she was set on going to Oxford.’
    • ‘It looks like Charlotte made the list out for her.’
    • ‘The contract of carriage shall be confirmed by the making out of a consignment note.’
    • ‘It's claimed that he's altered checks made out to his charitable organisation.’
    • ‘It is understood that three bank drafts were made out to ‘bearer’ for £25,000 each.’
    • ‘The date span of the cheques overlaps the latter period of the invoices and they are made out to the corporate defendant.’
    • ‘The bill is sent to the bank, and a copy to us, and we never have to make out a check or deal with a creditor.’
    • ‘According to National Health Insurance Bureau records from 2000, 3 million prescriptions were made out to 50,000 patients over the course of a year.’
    • ‘He expects the tax office will refuse to accept the cheque, because of who it is made out to, and says his campaign will carry on.’
    • ‘The net result is that every year a cheque is made out to the Leukaemia Unit at St James' Hospital.’
    formulate, frame, draw up, devise, make out, prepare, compile, compose, put together
    write out, fill out, fill in, complete, draw up, draft, inscribe
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  • 4North American informal Kiss and caress amorously.

    • ‘teenagers were making out on the couch’
    • ‘Ernie was making out with Berenice’
    • ‘There were dozens of times when I had walked into a room only to find him making out with some random chick.’
    • ‘She and her boyfriend were photographed making out on a yacht.’
    • ‘He has taken her for several dates downtown where they have been making out at every opportunity.’
    • ‘She sneaks out of the house, steals her mother's car, shoplifts, and makes out with a guy she met at a bar.’
    • ‘When we play people are making out all over the place and I'm happy that we're sending out a sexual vibe when we play.’
    • ‘When you break up with a guy, you're not supposed to keep making out after!’
    • ‘Or it could turn out that you get bored with the movie and wind up making out on the couch.’
    • ‘She'd come into his room and found him making out with one of the cheerleaders at her school.’
    • ‘He seemed too interested in making out with her than actually talking about what had happened.’
    • ‘He goes around making out with a bunch of other girls trying to find a replacement for me!’
    kiss and cuddle, caress, French kiss, pet, engage in heavy petting
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  • 5 informal Make progress; fare.

    • ‘how are you making out, now that the summer's over?’
    • ‘Newton, who took on the biggest risk back in 1984, made out pretty well, too.’
    • ‘It'll be interesting to see how the original director makes out in the wake of the Dawn of the Dead remake.’
    • ‘I would love to hear from them, see how they've made out, try to pick up where we left off, and thank them.’
    get on, get along, fare, do, proceed, go, progress, manage, survive, cope, get by
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