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 Carson Wentz sprained both ankles on one Aaron Donald takedown in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, and that feels like something that could only happen to Carson Wentz in 2021. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Sep. 2021 Apple and Google's resistance to Russian takedown orders bought time for the Navalny app to proliferate before the election. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 17 Sep. 2021 Sprawling, complex levels with tons of open-ended gameplay options, the game is one big sandbox of creative takedown freedom. Erik Kain, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Top Facebook Gaming streamers won't have to worry about the dreaded takedown notice, thanks to licensing deals and an improved content recognition system. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2021 But Steveson had a spin behind takedown for 8-7 then another to regain the lead as time expired. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 But Steveson had a spin behind takedown for 8-7 then another to regain the lead as time expired. Jeff Metcalfe, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 The size of each braid is also perfect — small but not too tiny that takedown will feel like an eternity. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 12 July 2021 The regional TikTok employees in that case also had no sway over the takedown decision. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 2 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As YouTubecore arose, labels sent him takedown notices. Catherine Sinow, Ars Technica, 26 Nov. 2020 Since Triller relies on access to a catalog of popular music, the seemingly inevitable path of least resistance (and least takedown notices and lawsuits) will be making deals. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 18 Dec. 2020 Some Discogs record slingers posed as label owners and sent fake takedown notices to manufacture scarcity. Catherine Sinow, Ars Technica, 26 Nov. 2020 The areas forward of most takedown levers serve as a place to rest your support hand thumb and can act as a gas pedal. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, 8 Oct. 2020 Parker Higgins, with the Freedom of the Press Foundation, dug into the takedown claim in a twitter thread. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2020 In that incident, a man with multiple felony warrants attempted to run from a house to escape police and Arn used a takedown move to get the man into custody, police records state. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 23 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 27 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The main differences year to year are because of the amount of precipitation during the growing season, how quickly cool weather arrives, and whether there are any big storms that can take down leaves later in the fall. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021 This electric juicer from NutriBullet has an 800-watt motor to easily take down the most fibrous fruits and vegetables. Lizzy Briskin, chicagotribune.com, 14 Apr. 2021 After another upset, the Beavers are the 51st 12th-seed to take down a fifth-seed since the NCAA Tournament bracket expanded in 1985. John Marshall, ajc, 20 Mar. 2021 The adjustments could give companies like Facebook and YouTube an incentive to take down certain types of content while leaving up others. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2021 Since the entire family is now working in the entertainment business, though, the writers have more chances to take down the industry, with all its absurdities and excesses. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021 But their mission — to take down Cara Delevingne’s undersketched witch, Enchantress, and her giant golem-like brother — is a bit of a bust. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 In addition to refusing to take down some tweets or accounts, Twitter locked India's now-former tech minister out of his account last month. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 9 July 2021 The May demonstration in Birmingham would reignite a movement to take down Confederate monuments across the country. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 8 July 2021

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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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26 Sep 2021

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“Takedown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takedown. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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