takedown

noun
take·​down | \ ˈtāk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio) \

Definition of takedown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the action or an act of taking down
2 : something (such as a rifle) having takedown construction

takedown

adjective
take·​down | \ ˈtāk-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio) \

Definition of takedown (Entry 2 of 3)

: constructed so as to be readily taken apart a takedown rifle

take down

verb
took down; taken down; taking down; takes down

Definition of take down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lower without removing took down his pants
2a : to pull to pieces take down a building
b : disassemble take a rifle down
3 : to lower the spirit or vanity of
4a : to write down took down some notes
b : to record by mechanical means

intransitive verb

: to become seized or attacked especially by illness

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Examples of takedown in a Sentence

Verb

there's no need to take us down by making fun of our clothes electricians will take down all the lights for the set after the play has finished its run

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many said the draft made no sense, pointing out cases in which the policy would lead to takedowns of posts that lacked any negative intent. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Twitter Backs Off Broad Limits on ‘Dehumanizing’ Speech," 9 July 2019 Two years ago, Chelsea police were involved in a major takedown of some 60 MS-13 members by federal and local authorities that helped stem a rash of violence that included nine homicides. Washington Post, "Boston suburb reflects broad changes in US immigration," 7 July 2019 During a debate most memorable for California Sen. Kamala Harris's takedown of former Vice President Joe Biden over his views on school busing in the 1970s, Williamson still managed to deliver some of the most viral moments. Dallas News, "Mischievous Republicans donate to keep love guru Marianne Williamson alive in Democratic primary," 3 July 2019 In 1992, the journal Law & Sexuality published a definitive takedown of the homosexual-panic defense, by the historian Gary David Comstock. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime," 20 June 2019 Malik Dunbar finished with 13 points, Bryce Brown and Danjel Purifoy scored 12 apiece, and Jared Harper scored nine while dishing out 11 assists in Auburn’s latest takedown of college hoops royalty. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Hot-shooting Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80," 30 Mar. 2019 Educational videos that got swept up in YouTube’s takedown include clips of Hitler’s speeches uploaded by teachers who focus on World War II. Washington Post, "How YouTube erased history in its battle against white supremacy," 14 June 2019 More agents were called in for the takedown, and Warren and the migrants were arrested. John Moore/getty Images, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trial revives debate: When does border humanitarian aid become a crime?," 9 June 2019 Molière’s mischievous twist is that Alceste is smitten with the sparkly Celimene, queen of the takedown. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Wayback Machine generally adheres to the standards of the Oakland Archive Policy, a template for the use of librarians and archivists in evaluating takedown requests developed at UC Berkeley and first published in 2002. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 Volkanovski gets a takedown 30 seconds in and goes right back to work. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy live round-by-round coverage," 11 Feb. 2018 The five publishers will be sending takedown notices, according to the group. Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Science | AAAS, "Publishers take ResearchGate to court, alleging massive copyright infringement," 6 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The app's developer told the computer support website BleepingComputer that the application was temporarily taken down to remove the firmware and make other service adjustments. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Millions of Android phones silently infected with malware through Samsung app scam: report," 10 July 2019 As the city’s murder rate rose to the nation’s highest, investigators worked to take down Glenn Metz. Casey Parks, USA Today, "'You don't know what you did for me': Released from prison by Obama, now on the dean's list," 8 July 2019 Askren bent to go for a take down while Masvidal went for a flying knee. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Hide your furniture when the Mets come to town," 8 July 2019 After word on the account bubbled up to local media, the account was renamed @bigsureducatesyou, then taken down for a period in mid-May. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Traffic, selfies, poop: Tourists erode beauty of Big Sur," 5 July 2019 As their first demand, the Sudanese Professionals Association led protests to take down the dictator. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "At Least 7 Killed In Sudan During Day Of Protests," 2 July 2019 Dennis gained attention in 2018 when his YouTube channel, Willie D Live, was briefly taken down. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Willie D becomes second Geto Boys member planning to run for Houston city council," 2 July 2019 Twitter has removed tweets from world leaders before: in February, the company took down a tweet from an account linked to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for appearing to threaten the author Salman Rushdie. Paris Martineau, WIRED, "Twitter Will Quarantine Politicians’ Tweets If They Violate Rules—Finally," 27 June 2019 An entire society jumped at the sound of a backfiring car and had candles at the ready for blackouts, since the guerrillas periodically took down the power system with dynamite. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of takedown

Noun

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1893, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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takedown

noun

Financial Definition of takedown

What It Is

The takedown is the price that an underwriter pays for a new issue.

How It Works

When a company decides it wants to issue stock, bonds or other publicly traded securities, it hires an underwriter to manage what is a long and sometimes complicated process.

To begin the offering process, the underwriter and the issuer first determine the kind of offering the issuer needs. Let's say Company XYZ wants to sell shares via an initial public offering (IPO). After determining the offering structure, the underwriter usually assembles what is called a syndicate to get help managing the minutiae (and risk) of particularly large offerings. A syndicate is a group of other investment banks and brokerage firms that commit to sell a certain percentage of the offering (this is called a guaranteed offering because the underwriters agree to pay the issuer for 100% of the shares, even if they can’t sell them all).

After the syndicate is assembled, the issuer files an SEC Form S-1, which is also called a prospectus and discloses all material information about the issuer. Prospectus in hand, the underwriter then sets to selling the securities. Because there may not be a firm offering price at the time, purchasers usually subscribe for a certain number of shares. This process lets the underwriter gauge the demand for the offering.

Once the issuer and the underwriter agree on how to price the securities and the SEC has made the registration statement effective, the underwriter calls the subscribers to confirm their orders. If the demand is particularly high, the underwriter and issuer might raise the price and reconfirm this with all the subscribers.

Once the underwriter is sure it will sell all of the shares in the offering, it closes the offering. Then it purchases all the shares from the company (if the offering is a guaranteed offering). This purchase price is called the takedown. The issuer receives the proceeds minus the underwriting fees.

The underwriters then sell the shares to the subscribers at the offering price.

Why It Matters

The takedown price is like a wholesale price. It is important to note that although the underwriter influences the initial market price of the securities, once the subscribers begin selling, the free-market forces of supply and demand dictate the price.

Underwriters grease the skids for bringing securities to market. For example, if XYZ Company shares had a public offering price of $10 per share, XYZ Company might only receive $9 per share if the takedown is $9 per share. The $1 spread compensates the underwriter and syndicate for three things: negotiating and managing the offering; assuming the risk of buying the securities if nobody else will; and managing the sale of the shares. Making a market in the securities also generates commission revenue for underwriters.

As we mentioned earlier, underwriters take on considerable risk. Not only must they advise a client about matters large and small throughout the process, they relieve the issuer of the risk of trying to sell all the shares at the offer price. Underwriters often mitigate this risk by forming a syndicate whose members each share a portion of the shares in return for a portion of the fee.

Underwriters work hard to determine the "right" price for an offering, but sometimes they "leave money on the table." For example, if XYZ Company prices its 10-million-share IPO at $10 per share but the shares trade at $30 two days after the IPO, the underwriter probably underestimated the demand for the issue. As a result, XYZ Company received $150 million (less underwriting fees) when it could have possibly fetched $300 million.

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