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


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

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 What these cases, along with the dozens of arrests across Europe, have in common is that the investigations largely stem from last year’s Wall Street Market takedown. Brian Barrett, Wired, "179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown," 22 Sep. 2020 Justice Department officials on Tuesday announced the largest international opioid takedown targeting drug traffickers through the darknet, which resulted in 179 arrests and the seizure of more than $6.5 million in cash and currency. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "‘Darknet’ opioid takedown nabs 179 suspects worldwide and $6.5M seized, DOJ announces," 22 Sep. 2020 After a takedown in the box, Diego Valeri steps to the penalty spot and rockets home a shot past the keeper for the penalty kick goal that puts the Timbers up 1-0 on San Jose. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers 6, San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Final: Video highlights, live updates recap," 19 Sep. 2020 The suit demanding a jury trial seeks the disgorgement of profits, the payment of reasonable licensing fees and statutory damages, as well as a takedown of the video -- which at press time was still up -- and injunctive relief. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "'Electric Avenue' Singer Files Suit Against Trump Campaign for Copyright Infringement: Exclusive," 1 Sep. 2020 Facebook’s takedown followed record growth of QAnon groups on the site, much of it since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. Sheera Frenkel, New York Times, "Facebook Removes 790 QAnon Groups to Fight Conspiracy Theory," 19 Aug. 2020 Users can also challenge Twitch's takedown decisions. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Music is big on Twitch. Now record labels want it to pay up," 14 Aug. 2020 The takedown involved several unmarked law enforcement vehicles from the OCSO Juvenile Arrest and Monitor unit and auto theft unit. David Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Deputies had the man they wanted a month before Salaythis Melvin shooting. They let him go," 28 Aug. 2020 Vice President Mike Pence, in his own takedown of Biden on Wednesday night, warned of unrelenting urban violence without Trump’s firm leadership. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump, painting Biden as ‘weak’ and extreme, will use acceptance speech to defend his own record as exemplary," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In some cases, that even means threatening YouTube takedown notices for spoilers posted by players after a game's actual launch. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony says major The Last of Us Part 2 leak didn’t come from employee [Updated]," 1 May 2020 Shutterstock regularly receives takedown notices from more than 20 countries, not including requests related to intellectual property, spokeswoman Hughes said. David Ingram, NBC News, "Chinese censorship or 'work elsewhere': Inside Shutterstock's free-speech rebellion," 27 Feb. 2020 After the levee broke, The Pokémon Company submitted takedown request after takedown request, but Gigantamax Machamp was uncontainable. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Nintendo Cracks Down After High-Profile Leaks," 25 Feb. 2020 Pool technicians -- Setup and takedown duties should be expected each day, plus keeping the pool area, buildings and grounds clean; performing custodial duties for various areas and equipment; and removing litter and debris. cleveland, "Apply for summer work at Avon pool/playground; registration for science camps begins March 3," 17 Feb. 2020 His only advantage in the stats comes in the takedown average (1.85 to 0.52) and takedown accuracy percentage (30.56 to 25.0) departments, while also leading in submission average (0.51 to 0.00). Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "UFC 247: Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi odds, picks and best bets," 8 Feb. 2020 Bowden discovered that the only way to get her photos removed was to copyright them and then issue takedown notices to websites. Olivia Solon, NBC News, "Inside Facebook's efforts to stop revenge porn before it spreads," 18 Nov. 2019 If Twitter had ignored Warner's takedown request, Warner could have sued Twitter as well as Trump for copyright infringement. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Twitter nixes Trump Nickelback meme after dubious takedown request," 3 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others will take down a form from the bins on the wall and, with help from owner Leslie Rossi, 49, register to vote for the first time or flip their party allegiance. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "The woman behind 'Trump House' works to keep Pennsylvania red, one vote at a time," 8 Sep. 2020 Anyone who receives this call, or another called considered suspicious, should take down some key details and report it to the state. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan election, legal chiefs decry 'racist' robocall that attacks mail-in voting," 28 Aug. 2020 After Hiroshi Sato sacrifices himself to create a hole to enter in, the rest of Team Avatar try to find the best way to take down the giant metal machine from the inside. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Breaking Down "The Legend of Korra" Series Ending," 24 Aug. 2020 Can a next-generation cast of 3-point shooters can take down a team built around one player? Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Fun, fresh and versatile, Heat sweep Pacers in signature style | Commentary," 24 Aug. 2020 Many activists said the recent efforts by lawmakers — including plans to defund or disband police, empower civilian review boards, take down Confederate symbols, foster inclusion in the workplace and paint Black Lives Matter murals — show progress. Nicquel Terry Ellis, USA TODAY, "Has the nation made progress since George Floyd's death? Activists say more must be done," 23 Aug. 2020 Many natives specialize on just a few plants, so the loss of those bee species could take down native species of plants as well. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Environmental groups want to block honeybees from Utah’s national forests," 23 Aug. 2020 NBC Sports: Avalanche will take down Coyotes in five games All five analysts for the site predict Colorado to roll over Arizona in the series. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NHL playoff picks, predictions: Arizona Coyotes big underdog vs. Colorado Avalanche," 12 Aug. 2020 Upon his release, MacGruber becomes enthralled in a mission to take down a mysterious villain from his past named Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Peacock Announces New Original Series, Including a Tina Fey Comedy Starring Sara Bareilles," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of takedown


1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above


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

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“Takedown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takedown. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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