make sense of something

make sense (out) of (something)

To interpret something in a way that one can understand or that reveals some purpose, reason, etc. It will be a long time before we can begin to make sense of this tragedy. Can you make sense out of these markings? Is it a code, or what?
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make ˈsense of something

understand something that is difficult or not very clear: I don’t understand these instructions. Can you make any sense of them?
See also: make, of, sense, something