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I/you/we/theymake out
he/she/itmakes out
present participlemaking out
past tensemade out
past participlemade out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to see, hear, or understand someone or something with difficulty
    I can just make a few words out on this page.
    I couldn’t make out what he was saying.
    Can you make out a face here on the photograph?
  2. 2
    [transitive] to write all the necessary information on a document such as a cheque
    She made out a cheque and handed it to me.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to cause people to have a particular false opinion about someone or something
    make someone out to be something: He made me out to be a liar.
  4. 4
    [transitive] informal to pretend that something is true
    make out (that): He made out that he’d won the lottery.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to succeed, or to continue in a particular way
    How is Frank making out in his new job?
  6. 6
    [intransitive] American informal to have sex, or to kiss and touch in a sexual way
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