make out definition
Discern or see, especially with difficulty, as in I can hardly make out the number on the door. [Mid-1700s]
Manage, get along, as in How did you make out with the accountant? This usage was first recorded in 1820.
Engage in sexual foreplay or intercourse, as in Bill and Jane were making out on the sofa, or Joe bragged that he made out last night. [Slang; early 1900s]
Understand, as in I can't make out what she is trying to say. [Mid-1600s] Also see can't make head or tail of.
Establish or prove, as in He made out that he was innocent. [Colloquial; mid-1600s]
Imply or suggest. This usage often occurs with an infinitive, as in Are you making me out to be a liar? [Colloquial; mid-1600s]
Write out, draw up; fill in a written form. For example, He made out the invoices, or Jane started making out job applications. This usage was first recorded in 1465.