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Make Out

Definition of the verb make out

What does make out mean as a doing phrase?


  1. detect with the senses
  2. make out and issue
    • example: The banks make out the check
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of make out: cut / issue / write out
    • more generic word: write = communicate or express by writing
    • more specific word: check = write out a check on a bank account
  3. comprehend
    • example: I cannot make out what this politician is saying
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: understand = know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  4. proceed or get along
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of make out: come / do / fare / get along
    • more generic words: go / proceed = follow a certain course
  5. succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
  6. have sexual intercourse with
  7. kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of make out: neck
    • more generic word: pet = stroke or caress gently
    • more specific words: smooch / spoon = snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others
  8. write all the required information onto a form
  9. imply or suggest
  10. try to establish
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: claim = assert or affirm strongly

Alternative definition of the verb make out


  1. [transitive] To draw up (a document etc.), to designate (a cheque) [term, to] a given recipient, payee. [definition from 15th c.]
  2. [obsolete, transitive] To send out. [definition 16th-17th c.]
  3. [transitive] To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. [definition from 16th c.]
  4. [context: now chiefly US, regional, intransitive] To manage, get along; to do (well, badly etc.). [definition from 17th c.]
  5. [transitive] To represent; to make (something) appear to be true. [definition from 17th c.]
  6. [intransitive] To succeed in seducing; to have sex [term, with]. [definition from 20th c.]
  7. [context: slang, chiefly US, intransitive] To kiss passionately. [definition from 20th c.]


Make Out is a New York City-based band consisting of Jesper Mortensen, lead vocalist Leah Hennessey, and drummer Chase Stauffer. The group plays fast, manic, condensed pop songs. In late 2010, the band recorded their debut EP, How To, with producer Nicolas Vernhes at his Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn, NY.


"Make Out" a.k.a. "The Rosebuds Make Out": The Rosebuds Make Out is The Rosebuds first full album, released in 2003.

Phrases with Make Out

  1. Make Out Like a Bandit
  2. to make out

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Make Out

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Google previewUseful Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2017)

by Martin Manser

make out 1 (transitive, adverb) manage to see, read or distinguish something; usually used with can: It got darker and darker until we ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To Make out the rest.

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

bring in, capture, collect, develop, discern, make out, prepare, procure, provoke , realize, receive, succeed, suss out, win over, work out 08 cometobe,contract, convince, find a way, get ready, hunt down, irritate, organize, persuade, purchase , ...

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Quotes about Make Out

Forget all the bars and schmoozing and everybody checking out everybody else. My ideal date would be to park in a dark place, check out the stars, and have a great conversation. When all else fails, you can just make out. (Brooke Burke)
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