make out
verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to complete (as a printed form) by supplying required information <
make out a check
>
2. to find or grasp the meaning of <
tried to make out what had really happened
>
3. to form an opinion or idea about ; conclude <
how do you make that out
>
4. a. to represent as being <
made them out to be losers
>
b. to pretend to be true <
made out that he had never heard of me
>
5. to represent or delineate in detail 6. to see and identify with difficulty or effort ; discern <
make out a ship through the fog
>
intransitive verb 1. get along, fare <
how are you making out with the new job
>
2. a. to engage in sexual intercourse b. neck 1

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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