make out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v make out comprehend "I cannot make out what this politician is saying"
    • v make out try to establish "She made out that she know nothing about the crime"
    • v make out imply or suggest "Your remarks make me out to be stupid"
    • v make out write all the required information onto a form "fill out this questionnaire, please!","make out a form"
    • v make out make out and issue "write out a check","cut a ticket","Please make the check out to me"
    • v make out kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"
    • v make out have sexual intercourse with "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm","Adam knew Eve","Were you ever intimate with this man?"
    • v make out detect with the senses "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards","I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
    • v make out come to terms with "We got by on just a gallon of gas","They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
    • v make out proceed or get along "How is she doing in her new job?","How are you making out in graduate school?","He's come a long way"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Using recycled aluminum cans and making news cans out of them saves 75% energy compared to making it from new material.
    • Make out to discover: to prove: to furnish: to succeed
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  • Harold Rosenberg
    “What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hollywood makes prostitutes out of women and sissies out of men.”
  • Red Skelton
    Red Skelton
    “All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves.”
  • Donald Trump
    “I'm a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone.”


Make a mountain out of a molehill - If somebody makes a mountain out of a molehill, they exaggerate the importance or seriousness of a problem.
Make a virtue out of necessity - If you make a virtue out of necessity, you make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.
Make out like a bandit - (USA) If someone is extremely successful in a venture, they make out like a bandit.
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - If something isn't very good to start with, you can't do much to improve it.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. macian; Ger. machen.


In literature:

I tried to make out who was the captain of the pirates, but they appeared at first to me to be all equal.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
For this, they all believe it to have been; though utterly unable to make out, or conjecture a motive.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I can make out that beautiful golden cloud.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
We could just make out the men hanging on the yards below as we lay out on our yard.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
And I did not make out at all playing graces.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
How d'you make out he was Injun?
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
I think you'll make out.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Most of them could make out a part of the sentence, but not enough to translate it.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
She could not quite make out.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
There were several coasters approaching, but Levi could not make out the yacht till he examined every craft with the spy-glass.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

This crime is universal,
It travels this wide world o'er,
It makes men's hearts reversal,
And puts conscience out the door.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I would seek out a little roof instead,
A little lamp to make my darkness brave.
"For though she heal a multitude," Love said,
"Herself she cannot save."
"The Chosen" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
“Tread twelve girl’s paces out for three,
Red rose leaves will never make wine;
For the pit I made has taken me,
The ways are sair fra’ the Till to the Tyne.”
"The Sea-Swallows" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Nature, that makes Professors all day long,
And, filling idle souls with idle song,
Turns out small Poets every other minute,
Made earth for men--but seldom puts men in it.
"Professor Minto" by Richard Le Gallienne
Fair is this out-world of thine,
But its nights are cold;
And the sun that makes it fine
Makes us soon so old!
Long its shadows grow and dim—
Father, take us back with him!
"Christmas Song of the Old Children" by George MacDonald
May he, who sent an angel from above
To soothe, near Cedron's stream, his Son's distress,
Another send, out of his wondrous love,
To comfort thee, and make thy suff'rings less.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Sofia Vergara and her businessman fiance indulged in a VERY public make-out session on Sunday.
What Is Luke Bryan's Make-Out Song With His Wife.
HIP-POP REPORT WITH OZMAN: Chris Brown & Rihanna Make Out IN PUBLIC.
So, former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr likes to make out with strange men in bars.
Chris and Rihanna Make Out .
After heard about this they conducted a survey with their online dating community and asked them which Supermhero they would make out with if given the chance.
Well, they were probably going to make out anyway.
Yankees' Dewayne Wise doesn't have ball, but umps make out call (video).
Take a moment to check out some of the best places to make out in El Paso.
I know I'm only talking first base here, but sometimes those make out sessions can be pretty intense.
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Make Out on Ski Trip.
National Skyline Nashville's Three Pop Queens Are Just Like You Think They Are: Swift Hits 20 Million, Cyrus Thinks Rebecca Black Isn't Talented, & Ke$ha Has Weird Lady Gaga Make-Out Dream.
The Best Make-Out Spots in Washington.
How about taking your sweetheart to one of our favorite local make-out spots.

In science:

Lorentz-invariant scalar one can make out of θ2− .
On Theories With Light-Like Noncommutativity
Another way to see this is to think about the smeared out operators, and see that the central terms make sense only for the restricted set of operators, for which the off-diagonal blocks are in the Hilbert-Schmidt class.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
In this case the BBH events may be so strong and numerous that the ability to make observations of other weaker sources depends on filtering out the BBH signals according to accurate model waveforms.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
This is crucial in situations in which considering out-of-chemicalequilibrium cooling rates can make the difference between stability and instability.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
However, it makes an additional possibility emerge, which is not out of equilibrium thermodynamics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity