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take out

verb

Definition of take out

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a (1) :  deduct, separate (2) :  exclude, omit (3) :  withdraw, withholdb :  to find release for :  vent <take out their resentments on one another — J. W. Aldridge>c (1) :  eliminate (2) :  kill, destroy (3) :  knock out

    2. 2 :  to take as an equivalent in another form <took the debt out in trade>

    3. 3a :  to obtain from the proper authority <take out a charter> <take out a second mortgage>b :  to arrange for (insurance)

    4. 4 :  to overcall (a bridge partner) in a different suit

    5. intransitive verb
    6. :  to start on a course :  set out

    take it out on
    1. :  to expend anger, vexation, or frustration in harassment of



    Examples of take out

    1. <he took out his frustrations by splitting a cord of firewood>

    2. <she'd like to take the new boy out to the movies sometime>



    13th Century

    First Known Use of take out

    13th century



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