Synonyms of 'make something out'
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1 seeDictionary, observe, distinguishI could just make out a tall pale figure.
I saw a man making his way towards me.
In 1664 Hooke observed a reddish spot on the surface of the planet.
He could distinguish voices.
I perceived a number of changes.
I recognize my own shortcomings.
He could detect a certain sadness in her face.
She glimpsed a group of people standing on the bank of a river.
Under the bridge we could just discern a shadowy figure.
catch sight of
She espied him in the far distance.
From the top of the hill I descried a solitary rider.
2 understandDictionary, see, work outIt's hard to make out what criteria are used.
I think you understand my meaning.
Oh, I see what you're saying.
The Government has not yet grasped the seriousness of the crisis.
He was beginning to perceive the true nature of their relationship.
Can you follow the plot so far?
As soon as we realized what was going on, we moved the children away.
I just cannot comprehend your attitude.
I couldn't fathom what he was talking about.
I can't decipher these notes.
suss (out) (slang)
get the drift of
3 write outDictionary, complete, draftI'll make out a receipt for you.
4 pretendDictionary, claim, suggestThey were trying to make out that I'd done it.
I cannot pretend to understand the problem.
He claimed that it was a conspiracy against him.
What exactly are you suggesting?
Prosecutors maintain that no deal was made.
He declared his intention to become the best golfer in the world.
The accused is alleged to have killed a man.
The President hinted he might make some changes in the government.
Are you implying that I had something to do with this?
He intimated that he was contemplating leaving the company.
He asserted that the bill violated the First Amendment.
The article insinuated that the President was lying.
He's been knocking on doors, letting on he's selling encyclopedias.
make as if
He made as if to chase me.
5 proveDictionary, show, describeYou could certainly make out a case for this point of view.
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