takeoff

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noun

take·​off ˈtāk-ˌȯf How to pronounce takeoff (audio)
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

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verb

took off; taken off; taking off; takes off

transitive verb

1
: remove
take your shoes off
2
a
: 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

1
a
: 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
The spacecraft, which was attempting to take a longer route to the moon by circling the earth’s orbit first, failed in its attempt due to a catastrophic fuel leak shortly after takeoff. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Shortly after takeoff, that freshly refueled Cessna hit power lines and crashed, its full tanks stoking a conflagration. Allison Elyse Gualtieri, CBS News, 14 Feb. 2024 Taylor Swift’s attorneys have threatened legal action against Jack Sweeney, a college student who has attracted the ire of celebrities and billionaires over his social media accounts that share publicly available information about private jet landings and takeoffs. Justine Calma, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 Following takeoff, the pilot, the navigator, and the plane were never seen again. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 The Mexico City International Airport acknowledged in a statement the wild display took place Thursday morning while the plane was on the ground awaiting takeoff to Guatemala. USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Mark Lindquist is representing 22 passengers of Alaska Airlines flight 1282, which made a harrowing emergency landing in Portland last month after a door plug blew out of the Boeing fuselage just minutes after takeoff. Claire Rush, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 The following year, an Ethiopian Airlines plane of the same model crashed shortly after takeoff. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 6 Feb. 2024 Six minutes after takeoff After the flight was cleared to go on its merry way from Portland to Ontario, a bunch of things went wrong. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024
Verb
The latter firefighter has been taken off a ventilator, Scott said. Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Since the release of Un Amor in Spain, Coixet says sales on Mesa’s book, originally published in 2020 by Anagrama, have taken off again. Jennifer Green, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 But for this transformation to take off, QIS has to leave the university and tech companies’ labs. Damian Scalerandi, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Yet in some cases, the virus takes off by rapid replication in host cells. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 When the shots rang out, people inside Union Station took off running. Lisa Gutierrez, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 Featuring a minimalist menu, hole-in-the-wall square footage, and a limited set of ingredients and produce, 7th Street Burger opened that May and quickly took off. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 This Airline Is Currently Weighing Passengers Before Boarding as Part of a Safety Protocol Flight tracking data from FlightAware shows the plane turned around over the U.K. after initially taking off at 10:29 AM and getting about 450 miles into its journey. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Even before my plane takes off from JFK airport in New York, signs are everywhere — I’m greeted by no less than 10 pieces of apparel referencing a potential appearance at the game from mega pop star Taylor Swift. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Takeoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeoff. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

takeoff

1 of 2 noun
take·​off ˈtā-ˌkȯf How to pronounce takeoff (audio)
1
2
a
: a rise or leap from a surface in making a jump or flight in an aircraft or spacecraft
b
: an action of starting out
3
: a spot at which one takes off

take off

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)tā-ˈkȯf
1
a
: remove entry 1 sense 2
take your hat off
b
: to take away : deduct
take off 10 percent
2
: release entry 1 sense 1
take the brake off
3
: to spend (some time) away from an activity or occupation
took two weeks off in August
4
a
: to start off or away often suddenly
took off without saying goodbye
b
: to begin flight
planes taking off
c
: to develop or grow rapidly

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