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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
make out

c.1600, "get along," from make (v.) + out (adv.). Sense of "understand" is from 1640s; sexual sense first recorded 1939.

make out

vb. 1 (label en transitive) To draw up (a document etc.), to designate (a cheque) (term: to) a given recipient, payee. (from 15th c.) 2 (label en obsolete transitive) To send out. (16th-17th c.) 3 (label en transitive) To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. (from 16th c.) 4 (label en now chiefly US regional intransitive) To manage, get along; to do (well, badly etc.). (from 17th c.) 5 (label en transitive intransitive) To represent; to make (something) appear to be true. (from 17th c.) 6 (rfv-sense: English) (label en intransitive) To succeed in seducing; to have sex. (from 20th c.) 7 (label en slang chiefly US intransitive) To kiss passionately. (from 20th c.)

make out
  1. v. 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" [syn: recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, tell apart]

  2. make out and issue; "write out a check"; "cut a ticket"; "Please make the check out to me" [syn: write out, issue, cut]

  3. comprehend; "I cannot make out what this politician is saying"

  4. 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" [syn: do, fare, come, get along]

  5. come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day" [syn: cope, get by, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage]

  6. have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?" [syn: roll in the hay, love, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk]

  7. kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion; "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car" [syn: neck]

  8. write all the required information onto a form; "fill out this questionnaire, please!"; "make out a form" [syn: complete, fill out, fill in]

  9. imply or suggest; "Your remarks make me out to be stupid"

  10. try to establish; "She made out that she know nothing about the crime"

Make Out (band)

Make Out is a New York City-based band consisting of Jesper Mortensen (ex- Junior Senior), lead vocalist Leah Hennessey, and drummer Chase Stauffer. The group plays fast, manic, condensed pop songs. In late 2010, the band recorded their debut EP, How To, with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn, NY.

Their first single, "I Don't Want Anybody That Wants Me", debuted on and was subsequently featured in NME, Nylon, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Indie Rock Café. The single received radio play on KCRW (Santa Monica), and modern rock radio stations KROQ (Los Angeles), KTCL (Denver), KFMA (Tucson), WTFX (Louisville), and WBTZ (Burlington). On June 12, 2011, Little Steven named "I Don't Want Anybody That Wants Me" the "coolest song in the world" on his weekly syndicated radio show Underground Garage and officially added the song to the daily playlist (airing on the XM channel "Underground Garage" and several FM stations, including New York City's largest classic rock station, WAXQ, Q104.3).

Make Out opened for the New York Dolls at the Bowery Ballroom and also appeared on East Village Radio, Virgin Mobile Live, and Fader Magazine's tripwire podcast. Make Out was featured in the September 2011 issue of i-D magazine.

In October 2011, Make Out released their single "You Can't Be Friends with Everyone", produced by Peter Wade and Amanda Warner from MNDR. They also released a video for the song co-directed by Diane Martel and John Threat. The band and video were featured in Paper Magazine in December 2011. In February 2012, the band released a new single for the song "You're So Party Tonight", which was also produced by Wade and MNDR and recorded at WonderSound NYC.

Usage examples of "make out".

There have been nights in the skin I have lain and wondered, there, if the Company might not have arranged it all, even the Accident, just to see how we make out, what happens to us, in the place, or in the skin of another guy.

Some guys try to make out like it's Chinese torture to get tattooed, but they're just showin' off.

It was a wonder she could make out the words for all the stars in her eyes.

She could barely make out the outlines of the Ping-Pong table in the center of the room.

Wasnt it clever of Peter to make out I was so frightened, and how lucky they didnt watch what we were doing?

She was a cute kid and she would make out, oh yes, she would make out with anyone who had the D's.

And after that the line merged into itself, and he could make out nothing but the back of the man ahead of him.

He had on a large cloak of blue monkey-skins, and on his head a skull-cap, of the kind which the Kikuyu make out of sheep's stomachs.

Dusk was turning to deep darkness, but he could just make out the shapes of the two horses by the fence on the far side of the field.

He heard Geno and Kelsey conversing, though he couldn't make out the words.

Ross leaned against the rail, stared until his eyes began to water from the strain of trying to make out the nature of the black blot.

But to Corbell they were just like all the others, all the eyes curiously watching to see how the speechless one would make out.

David crouched closer,trying to make out what could possibly be causing it.