takedown

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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

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adjective

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

take down

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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

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
This was a wrestling match level mudslinging and takedown by any means necessary — women & children (& actual facts) be damned. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2024 The law enforcement takedown, dubbed Operation Cronos and led by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), has essentially neutralized the hacking group and sent ripples through the wider Russian cybercrime ecosystem. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for takedown 

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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 26 May. 2024.

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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