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make out

US informal
phrasal verb with make uk   us   /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
  • (HAVE SEX)

to ​kiss and ​touch in a ​sexual way, or to ​succeed in having ​sex with someone: Boys at that ​age are only ​interested in making out withgirls.
(Definition of make out from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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make out

infml
phrasal verb with make  us   /meɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle made  /meɪd/ )
  • (KISS)

to ​kiss and ​hold someone ​romantically

make out

phrasal verb with make  us   /meɪk/ verb (past tense and past participle made  /meɪd/ )
  • (SUCCEED)

to ​continue or ​succeed in ​life or in ​business: How is Fran making out in her new ​job?
(Definition of make out from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"make out" in Business English

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make out

phrasal verb with make uk   us   /meɪk/ verb [T] (made, made)
informal used especially in ​questions or ​negative sentences to describe how well or badly someone is doing something: How's he making out in the new ​job?
(Definition of make out from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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