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takeoff

noun take·off \ˈtāk-ˌf\

: the moment when an airplane, helicopter, etc., leaves the ground and begins to fly

: the beginning of a jump

: a sudden increase in size, activity, or popularity

Full Definition of TAKEOFF

1
:  an imitation especially in the way of caricature
2
a :  a spot at which one takes off
b :  a starting point :  point of departure
3
a :  a rise or leap from a surface in making a jump or flight or an ascent in an aircraft or in the launching of a rocket
b :  an action of starting out
c :  a rapid rise in activity, growth, or popularity <an economic takeoff>
4
:  an action of removing something
5
:  a mechanism for transmission of the power of an engine or vehicle to operate some other mechanism
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Examples of TAKEOFF

  1. Please remain seated during takeoff.
  2. Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff.
  3. All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs.

First Known Use of TAKEOFF

1846

Related to TAKEOFF

Synonyms
blastoff, launch, liftoff
Antonyms
landing
TAKEOFF Defined for Kids

takeoff

noun take·off \ˈtāk-ˌf\

Definition of TAKEOFF for Kids

1
:  an act or instance of leaving the ground (as by an airplane)
2
:  an imitation especially to mock the original
3
:  a spot at which something leaves the ground

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