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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /meɪk aʊt/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /meɪk æɔt/, /meɪk æʊt/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /meɪk ʌʊt/
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /meɪk ɘʉt/
Audio (AU) (file)
- (transitive) To draw up (a document etc.), to designate (a cheque) to a given recipient, payee. [from 15th c.]
- Cheques may be made out to the Foo Bar Company.
- (obsolete, transitive) To send out. [16th–17th c.]
- (transitive) To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. [from 16th c.]
- In the distance, I could just make out a shadowy figure.
- August 16 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Swansea upstage Manchester United in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League bow," guardian.co.uk:
- (now chiefly US, regional, intransitive) To manage, get along; to do (well, badly etc.). [from 17th c.]
- Oh, you were on a TV game show? How did you make out?
- 1931, Hart Crane, letter, 5 June:
- Regarding money—I shall economize and make out probably very well from now on—without any outside help.
- 1951, John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids:
- 'Will this little shack serve – or do we go further?' I asked.
'Oh, I guess we'll make out,' she said. And together we waded through the delicate cream carpet to explore.
- (transitive, intransitive) To represent; to make (something) appear to be true. [from 17th c.]
- His version of the story makes me out to be the bad guy.
- (slang, chiefly US, intransitive) To embrace and kiss passionately. [from 20th c.]
- We found a secluded spot where we could make out in private.
- (slang, chiefly US, intransitive) To engage in heavy petting or sexual intercourse. [from 20th c.]
- (to discern): descry, detect; see also Thesaurus:perceive or Thesaurus:spot
- (manage, get along): make do
- (to embrace): hug, squeeze; see also Thesaurus:embrace
- (to kiss passionately): smooch, neck; see also Thesaurus:kiss
- (to engage in heavy petting): cop a feel, grope, touch up; see also Thesaurus:fondle
- (to engage in sexual intercourse): make it, make whoopee; see also Thesaurus:copulate
- (to succeed): make out like a bandit
to draw up; designate as the recipient
to send out
to manage, get along
to represent as being true
to embrace and kiss passionately
to engage in heavy petting or sexual intercourse
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