Phrasal Verbs

make out (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb make out (2)

American English INFORMAL


to hug, kiss and touch in a sexual way

For example

  • make out When we were in high school, we'd take our girlfriends to the movies and make out in the back row.

  • make out Jill and her friends were talking about how nervous and excited they felt the first time they made out with boys.

"Make out" is mostly used by young people to mean sexual behaviour such as hugging, kissing, and sexual touching, but it doesn't usually mean full sexual intercourse.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Young people often make out when they

a. go to church

b. go to job interviews

c. go to parties
a) go to church b) go to job interviews c) go to parties

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