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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The California company’s new two-person electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the Maker, will go into production next year, company officials said during a recent webinar. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 12 June 2021 Joby Aviation, another Silicon Valley company working on small, electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, went public through a SPAC later the same month. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 11 June 2021 For a Space Shuttle launched from Kennedy Space Center in November 2009, the team detected the infrasound created by the rocket's ignition, takeoff and splash down of the fuel boosters. David Bressan, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Not so the Wright brothers, who elected to use skids for takeoff and landing. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 In their second promo, Elon boasts about the successful takeoff and landing of SpaceX’s Starship SN15 yesterday. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 6 May 2021 The electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) vehicle can cost up to six figures if bought outright, Plümmer said. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Blue Origin will livestream the takeoff and landing. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2021 Today, 2062 is only 41 years in the future, and Silicon Valley is obsessed with the latest incarnation of the aerocar: electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft. Jason Zweig, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m., Thursday through Sunday, from Smallwood State Park, located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 11 June 2021 But take off your party hat and blow out the candles. Fox News, 7 June 2021 That means most employees in public workplaces, such as stores, and private ones, like offices or factories, could take off their masks and work in close quarters — assuming employers don’t maintain their own mask or distancing rules. oregonlive, 7 June 2021 Gonsolin’s inclusion should alleviate the workload for the relief corps as the Dodgers seek to get on track, maybe even take off into orbit, during a soft spot in their schedule. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 But take off your party hat and blow out the candles. Sophia Tareen, Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 If that level is taken out when enough buyers return, the metal could take off. John Navin, Forbes, 31 May 2021 When everything goes right—when air traffic controllers and pilots cooperate—planes take off and land without the slightest hint of a problem. Aj Dellinger, Wired, 26 May 2021 Visitors can now take off their masks outdoors at Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, 25 May 2021

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

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15 Jun 2021

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“Takeoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeoff. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of takeoff

: the moment when an airplane, helicopter, etc., leaves the ground and begins to fly
: the beginning of a jump
: a sudden increase in size, activity, or popularity


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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