take·​off | \ ˈtāk-ˌȯf How to pronounce takeoff (audio) \

Definition of takeoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rise or leap from a surface in making a jump or flight or an ascent in an aircraft or in the launching of a rocket
b : an action of starting out
c : a rapid rise in activity, growth, or popularity an economic takeoff
2 : an imitation especially in the way of caricature
3a : a spot at which one takes off
b : a starting point : point of departure
4 : an action of removing something
5 : a mechanism for transmission of the power of an engine or vehicle to operate some other mechanism

take off

took off; taken off; taking off; takes off

Definition of take off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : remove take your shoes off
2a : to take or allow as a discount : deduct took 10 percent off
b : to spend (a period of time) away from a usual occupation or activity took two weeks off
c : release take the brake off
d : discontinue, withdraw took off the morning train
3 slang : rob

intransitive verb

1a : to start off or away often suddenly : set out, depart took off for her trip
b : to leave the surface : begin flight
c : to spring into wide use or popularity
d(1) : to branch off (as from a main stream or stem)
(2) : to take a point of origin
e : to begin a leap or spring
f : to embark on rapid activity, development, or growth
2 : to take away : detract

Examples of takeoff in a Sentence

Noun Please remain seated during takeoff. Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff. All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs. Verb I can only stay for a few minutes, and then I'll need to take off again. take off your coat and stay awhile
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After takeoff, the private, Bohdan Mazhulenko, who goes by the nickname Raccoon, sits casually on the rim of a trench, as green fields pocked with artillery craters scroll by on his tablet. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 While the reusable booster heads back to landing on a nearby pad, the crew capsule continues upward on an unpowered, ballistic trajectory, reaching a maximum altitude of just above 65 miles three-and-a-half minutes after takeoff. William Harwood, CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 After takeoff, flight WM441 flies in a straight line towards Saba, the island's silhouette visible on the horizon just 24 miles away. Nicola Chilton, CNN, 8 July 2022 The fracas began shortly after takeoff on an American Airlines flight from Seattle, Washington, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 9. Paul Best, Fox News, 1 July 2022 On the Friday before Memorial Day in 1979, a three-engine McDonnell Douglas DC-10 plummeted into an open field and mobile home park near O’Hare 31 seconds after takeoff, killing 273 people. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2022 On March 15, 2018, two days after the dig began, a plane in Siberia lost 3.4 tons of its nine-ton cargo of gold and silver when the cargo door accidentally opened soon after takeoff. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 Air whooshes through the intake with an audible gasp, and the gold Whipple sitting atop the 5.2-liter V-8 whines like a Boeing 747 preparing for takeoff. David Beard, Car and Driver, 26 July 2022 Still, accidents do happen: In 1995, an F-14 Tomcat fighter jet was blown off the flight deck of the carrier USS Independence by another F-14 powering up its engines for takeoff. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The state is a hotbed for aircraft, particularly bush planes, which in ideal conditions can take off and land within the length of a football field. Josh Condon, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2022 Andersson and John's joint TikTok marks the first collaboration between the two artists, both of whom saw their respective careers take off worldwide in the 1970s. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 At one point, Russian officials claimed that the aircraft, a Malaysia Airlines jumbo jet with 298 people onboard, was actually filled with corpses before take off. New York Times, 29 July 2022 Akasa Air and Jet Airways are gearing up to take off. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 10 July 2022 To get the juices flowing, Cutright had the team take off on a team run last week that appeared to be heading to La Salle. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 27 July 2022 For a fire to take off, the right mixture of ingredients needs to come together: high temperatures, low humidity and wind. Hannah Hagemann, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2022 Outdoor conversation pits have also started to take off as a more modern take on the trend. New York Times, 22 July 2022 In a subsequent interview with Collider in January, Daniels explained that there is not an official deal for the reboot in place yet, but said the series could take off 15 years after where the characters left off in the finale. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of takeoff


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for takeoff


take·​off | \ ˈtāk-ˌȯf How to pronounce takeoff (audio) \

Kids Definition of takeoff

1 : an act or instance of leaving the ground (as by an airplane)
2 : an imitation especially to mock the original
3 : a spot at which something leaves the ground

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