make out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theymake out
he/she/itmakes out
present participlemaking out
past tensemade out
past participlemade out
  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?

    1. a.
      informal to understand someone’s character

      I can’t make her out.

  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
See also main entry: make