takedown

1 of 3

noun

take·​down ˈtāk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio)
1
: the action or an act of taking down
2
: something (such as a rifle) having takedown construction

takedown

2 of 3

adjective

take·​down ˈtāk-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio)
: constructed so as to be readily taken apart
a takedown rifle

take down

3 of 3

verb

took down; taken down; taking down; takes down

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become seized or attacked especially by illness

Example Sentences

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
The few weeks since Elon Musk took the reins of Twitter have been filled with chaos – including a launch, takedown and relaunch of premium services as well as the unbanning of controversial figures. Li Cohen, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2022 However, because the tree is so heavy and sturdy, setup and takedown are a bit more cumbersome than with other artificial Christmas trees. Brigitt Earley, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2022 Paul Hemesath, who could never sleep on airplanes, had used the time to assemble a list of potential names for their AlphaBay takedown operation. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 8 Nov. 2022 That led to further creativity in the stunt design, with stunt coordinator Timothy Eulich choreographing salsa spins and a gnarly head-scissors takedown to correspond to the new looks. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 The threat was prompted by the tech companies’ reluctance to comply with data and takedown requests related to protests against the government that made international headlines. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 And even though Kendall is in the midst of a downward spiral, Succession has taught us that a cutthroat takedown waits for no one. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 24 Oct. 2022 But no one writes a restaurant takedown like the British critics who seem to make a sport of scathing restaurant reviews. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 24 Oct. 2022 The top electoral court last week authorized the elections chief, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, to remove any posts or posts that have defied takedown orders. Paulina Villegas, Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2022
Adjective
With Kirby on bottom in the second period and the match scoreless, Lillard conceded an escape point before coming back with a takedown 38 seconds later. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 13 Mar. 2022 Bungie continued: In other words, as far as YouTube is concerned, any person, anywhere in the world, can issue takedown notices on behalf of any rights holder, anywhere. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2022 However, Sapp was stunned by Lloyd in overtime, 6-4, with a takedown 29 seconds into the extra session. cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 So here’s what happened at the most basic level: Early on [in the podcast’s run], her UK publisher had sent a takedown notice to Apple and Spotify. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 23 Nov. 2021 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
Verb
Democrats are trying to present themselves as moderates who will take down the temperature. Annie Linskey, Cara Mcgoogan And Colby Itkowitz, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Nov. 2022 The shorter style is all the better for the stunts required for the dynamic vampire girl who can take down grown victims when starving for blood and scurry up a tree instantly. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2022 Fisher became the first former Saban assistant to take down the legendary coach last fall, as the unranked Aggies stunned No. 1 Alabama 41-38 in College Station on Oct. 9, 2021. Josh Criswell, Chron, 6 Oct. 2022 With this new threat, the heroes unite again to explore the galaxy’s many planets to take down Cursa and her minions. Alessandro Fillari, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2022 Teams of students use it to conduct attacks that could take down such a system and to observe their effects. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Sep. 2022 The strongest storms could bring winds of up to 60 mph that could take down trees and power lines. Leigh Morgan, al, 15 Aug. 2022 Will Oremus writes about research that finds YouTube and Twitter are ignoring requests to take down hate speech and disinformation targeting Ukrainians. Grace Moon, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Without him, Phoenix remains a playoff team, but not one that can take down the defending NBA champion Warriors. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of takedown was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Takedown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takedown. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

takedown

1 of 2 noun
take·​down
ˈtāk-ˌdau̇n
: the action or an act of taking down
takedown
ˌtāk-ˌdau̇n
adjective

take down

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)tāk-ˈdau̇n
1
a
: to pull to pieces
2
: to lower the spirit or pride of : humble
3
: to write down or record by mechanical means
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