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Definition: To make out
(out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
[=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
ud. [root]198. Cf. About
, prep., Carouse
In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
opposed to in
. The something may be expressed
after of, from, etc. (see Out of
, below); or, if not
expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
variety of applications, as:
1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
Opposite of in
. “My shoulder blade is out.”
He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
She has not been out [in general society] very long.
3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. “Hear
Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
--Ps. iv. 23.
When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
out at interest. “Land that is out at rack rent.”
--Locke. “He was out fifty pounds.”
I have forgot my part, and I am out. --Shak.
5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. “Lancelot
and I are out.”
Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
their own interest. --South.
Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
the same significations that it has as a separate word;
as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
Day in, day out
, from the beginning to the limit of each of
several days; day by day; every day.
, Out in
, Out on
, etc., elliptical phrases, that
to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
Note: In these lines after out may be understood, “of the
harbor,” “from the shore,” “of sight,”
similar phrase. The complete construction is seen in
the saying: “Out of the frying pan into the fire.”
, a construction similar to out of
, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in
with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
out of countenance.
Out of cess
, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
Out of character
, unbecoming; improper.
Out of conceit with
, not pleased with. See under Conceit
Out of date
, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
Out of door
, Out of doors
, beyond the doors; from the
house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
, also, Out-of-door
, in the
Vocabulary. “He 's quality, and the question's out of
Out of favor
, disliked; under displeasure.
Out of frame
, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
Out of hand
, immediately; without delay or preparation;
without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
out of hand. “Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
Out of harm's way
, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
Out of joint
, not in proper connection or adjustment;
unhinged; disordered. “The time is out of joint.”
Out of mind
, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
of memory; as, time out of mind.
Out of one's head
, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
Out of one's time
, beyond one's period of minority or
Out of order
, not in proper order; disarranged; in
Out of place
, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
proper or becoming.
Out of pocket
, in a condition of having expended or lost
more money than one has received.
Out of print
, not in market, the edition printed being
exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
Out of the question
, beyond the limits or range of
consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
Out of reach
, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
Out of season
, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
Out of sorts
, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
unhappy; cross. See under Sort
Out of temper
, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
Out of time
, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
Out of time
, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
agreeing temper; fretful.
Out of twist
, Out of winding
, or Out of wind
, not in
warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
Out of use
, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
Out of the way
(a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
(b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
Out of the woods
, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
Out to out
, from one extreme limit to another, including
the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
To come out
, To cut out
, To fall out
, etc. See under
To make out
See to make out
, v. t. and v.
To put out of the way
, to kill; to destroy.
Week in, week out
. See Day in, day out
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. made
(m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb.
.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS.
mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to
join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. Match
1. To cause to exist; to bring into being; to form; to
produce; to frame; to fashion; to create. Hence, in
various specific uses or applications:
(a) To form of materials; to cause to exist in a certain
form; to construct; to fabricate.
He . . . fashioned it with a graving tool, after
he had made it a molten calf. --Ex. xxxii.
(b) To produce, as something artificial, unnatural, or
false; -- often with up; as, to make up a story.
And Art, with her contending, doth aspire
To excel the natural with made delights.
(c) To bring about; to bring forward; to be the cause or
agent of; to effect, do, perform, or execute; -- often
used with a noun to form a phrase equivalent to the
simple verb that corresponds to such noun; as, to make
complaint, for to complain; to make record of, for to
record; to make abode, for to abide, etc.
Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.
Wealth maketh many friends. --Prov. xix.
I will neither plead my age nor sickness in
excuse of the faults which I have made.
(d) To execute with the requisite formalities; as, to make
a bill, note, will, deed, etc.
(e) To gain, as the result of one's efforts; to get, as
profit; to make acquisition of; to have accrue or
happen to one; as, to make a large profit; to make an
error; to make a loss; to make money.
He accuseth Neptune unjustly who makes shipwreck
a second time. --Bacon.
(f) To find, as the result of calculation or computation;
to ascertain by enumeration; to find the number or
amount of, by reckoning, weighing, measurement, and
the like; as, he made the distance of; to travel over;
as, the ship makes ten knots an hour; he made the
distance in one day.
(h) To put in a desired or desirable condition; to cause
Who makes or ruins with a smile or frown.
2. To cause to be or become; to put into a given state verb,
or adjective; to constitute; as, to make known; to make
public; to make fast.
Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? --Ex.
See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh. --Ex. vii.
Note: When used reflexively with an adjective, the reflexive
pronoun is often omitted; as, to make merry; to make
bold; to make free, etc.
3. To cause to appear to be; to constitute subjectively; to
esteem, suppose, or represent.
He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make
4. To require; to constrain; to compel; to force; to cause;
to occasion; -- followed by a noun or pronoun and
Note: In the active voice the to of the infinitive is usually
I will make them hear my words. --Deut. iv.
They should be made to rise at their early hour.
5. To become; to be, or to be capable of being, changed or
fashioned into; to do the part or office of; to furnish
the material for; as, he will make a good musician; sweet
cider makes sour vinegar; wool makes warm clothing.
And old cloak makes a new jerkin. --Shak.
6. To compose, as parts, ingredients, or materials; to
constitute; to form; to amount to; as, a pound of ham
makes a hearty meal.
The heaven, the air, the earth, and boundless sea,
Make but one temple for the Deity. --Waller.
7. To be engaged or concerned in. [Obs.]
Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole
brotherhood of city bailiffs? --Dryden.
8. To reach; to attain; to arrive at or in sight of. “And
make the Libyan shores.”
They that sail in the middle can make no land of
either side. --Sir T.
To make a bed
, to prepare a bed for being slept on, or to
put it in order.
To make a card
(Card Playing), to take a trick with it.
To make account
. See under Account
To make account of
, to esteem; to regard.
To make away
(a) To put out of the way; to kill; to destroy. [Obs.]
If a child were crooked or deformed in body or
mind, they made him away. --Burton.
(b) To alienate; to transfer; to make over. [Obs.]
To make believe
, to pretend; to feign; to simulate.
To make bold
, to take the liberty; to venture.
To make the cards
(Card Playing), to shuffle the pack.
To make choice of
, to take by way of preference; to choose.
To make danger
, to make experiment. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
To make default
(Law), to fail to appear or answer.
To make the doors
, to shut the door. [Obs.]
Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out
at the casement. --Shak.
To make free with
. See under Free
To make good
. See under Good
To make head
, to make headway.
To make light of
. See under Light
To make little of
(a) To belittle.
(b) To accomplish easily.
To make love to
. See under Love
To make meat
, to cure meat in the open air. [Colloq.
Western U. S.]
To make merry
, to feast; to be joyful or jovial.
To make much of
, to treat with much consideration,,
attention, or fondness; to value highly.
To make no bones
. See under Bone
To make no difference
, to have no weight or influence; to
be a matter of indifference.
To make no doubt
, to have no doubt.
To make no matter
, to have no weight or importance; to make
To make oath
(Law), to swear, as to the truth of something,
in a prescribed form of law.
To make of
(a) To understand or think concerning; as, not to know
what to make of the news.
(b) To pay attention to; to cherish; to esteem; to
account. “Makes she no more of me than of a slave.”
To make one's law
(Old Law), to adduce proof to clear one's
self of a charge.
To make out
(a) To find out; to discover; to decipher; as, to make out
the meaning of a letter.
(b) to gain sight of; to recognize; to discern; to descry;
as, as they approached the city, he could make out the
tower of the Chrysler Building.
(c) To prove; to establish; as, the plaintiff was unable
to make out his case.
(d) To make complete or exact; as, he was not able to make
out the money.
(d) to write out; to write down; -- used especially of a
bank check or bill; as, he made out a check for the
cost of the dinner; the workman made out a bill and
handed it to him.
To make over
, to transfer the title of; to convey; to
alienate; as, he made over his estate in trust or in fee.
To make sail
(a) To increase the quantity of sail already extended.
(b) To set sail.
To make shift
, to manage by expedients; as, they made shift
to do without it. [Colloq.].
To make sternway
, to move with the stern foremost; to go or
To make strange
, to act in an unfriendly manner or as if
surprised; to treat as strange; as, to make strange of a
request or suggestion.
To make suit to
, to endeavor to gain the favor of; to
To make sure
. See under Sure
To make up
(a) To collect into a sum or mass; as, to make up the
amount of rent; to make up a bundle or package.
(b) To reconcile; to compose; as, to make up a difference
(c) To supply what is wanting in; to complete; as, a
dollar is wanted to make up the stipulated sum.
(d) To compose, as from ingredients or parts; to shape,
prepare, or fabricate; as, to make up a mass into
pills; to make up a story.
He was all made up of love and charms!
(e) To compensate; to make good; as, to make up a loss.
(f) To adjust, or to arrange for settlement; as, to make
(g) To dress and paint for a part, as an actor; as, he was
well made up.
To make up a face
, to distort the face as an expression of
pain or derision.
To make up one's mind
, to reach a mental determination; to
To make way
, or To make one's way
(a) To make progress; to advance.
(b) To open a passage; to clear the way.
To make words
, to multiply words.
(m[=a]k), v. i.
1. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to
interfere; to be active; -- often in the phrase to meddle
or make. [Obs.]
A scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make.
2. To proceed; to tend; to move; to go; as, he made toward
home; the tiger made at the sportsmen.
Note: Formerly, authors used to make on, to make forth, to
make about; but these phrases are obsolete. We now say,
to make at, to make away, to make for, to make off, to
make toward, etc.
3. To tend; to contribute; to have effect; -- with for or
against; as, it makes for his advantage. --M. Arnold.
Follow after the things which make for peace. --Rom.
Do make against it. --Shak.
4. To increase; to augment; to accrue.
5. To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify. [Archaic]
To solace him some time, as I do when I make. --P.
To make as if
, or To make as though
, to pretend that; to
make show that; to make believe (see under Make
, v. t.).
Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten
before them, and fled. --Josh. viii.
My lord of London maketh as though he were greatly
displeased with me. --Latimer.
To make at
, to go toward hastily, or in a hostile manner;
To make away with
(a) To carry off.
(b) To transfer or alienate; hence, to spend; to
(c) To kill; to destroy.
To make off
, to go away suddenly.
To make out
, to succeed; to manage oneself; to be able at
last; to make shift; as, he made out to reconcile the
contending parties; after the earthquake they made out all
(b) to engage in fond caresses; to hug and kiss; to neck;
-- of courting couples or individuals (for
individuals, used with with); as, they made out on a
bench in the park; he was making out with the waitress
in the kitchen [informal]
To make up
, to become reconciled or friendly.
To make up for
, to compensate for; to supply an equivalent
To make up to
(a) To approach; as, a suspicious boat made up to us.
(b) To pay addresses to; to make love to.
To make up with
, to become reconciled to. [Colloq.]
To make with
, to concur or agree with. --Hooker.