not know what to make of

not know what to make of someone or something

not to understand someone or something; not to be able to interpret something or the actions of someone. We really don't know what to make of his request.
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Worried about my loneliness, my cousins also invited me to their homes for dinner; over the weeks, they spent an astonishing amount of time explaining to me all the pickles and vegetables they were putting on my plate; it was clear that they did not know what to make of me, that to them I was something in between a widow and a harlot.
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