3. [PHRASAL VERB] V P that, V n P to-inf, V P △If you make out that something is the case or make something out to be the case, you try to cause people to believe that it is the case.
- They were trying to make out that I'd actually done it...
- I don't think it was as glorious as everybody made it out to be...
- He was never half as bad as his teachers made out.
- You could certainly make out a case for this point of view...
CF. make out: vb (adverb)
- (tr) to discern or perceive: can you make out that house in the distance?
- (tr) to understand or comprehend: I can't make out this letter.
- (tr) to write out: he made out a cheque.
- (tr) to attempt to establish or prove: he made me out to be a liar.
- (intr) to pretend: he made out that he could cook.
- (intr) to manage or fare: how did you make out in the contest?
- (intr; often foll by with) informal. chiefly US and Canadian. to engage in necking or petting: Alan is making out with Jane.