take·​out | \ ˈtāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce takeout (audio) \

Definition of takeout

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : prepared food packaged to be consumed away from its place of sale
b : an establishment selling takeout
2 : the action or an act of taking out
3a : something taken out or prepared to be taken out
b(1) : an article (as in a newspaper) printed on consecutive pages so as to be conveniently removed
(2) : an intensive study or report


\ ˈtāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce take-out (audio) \

Definition of take-out (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, selling, or being food not to be consumed on the premises take-out counter a take-out supper

take out

took out; taken out; taking out; takes out

Definition of take out (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : deduct, separate
(2) : exclude, omit
b : to find release for : vent take out their resentments on one another— J. W. Aldridge
c(1) : eliminate
(2) : kill, destroy
(3) : knock out
2a : to obtain from the proper authority take out a charter take out a second mortgage
b : to arrange for (insurance)
3 : to take as an equivalent in another form took the debt out in trade
4 : to overcall (a bridge partner) in a different suit

intransitive verb

: to start on a course : set out
take it out on
: to expend anger, vexation, or frustration in harassment of

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Synonyms & Antonyms for takeout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of takeout in a Sentence

Noun We ordered some Chinese takeout. She works in a Chinese takeout. Verb he took out his frustrations by splitting a cord of firewood she'd like to take the new boy out to the movies sometime
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Order online, by phone or in person for takeout or dining in. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 9 Sep. 2021 The pandemic hit them hard: Diners aren’t designed for takeout or outdoor-seating businesses, and the 24-hour schedule wasn’t sustainable when people stopped staying out late. Don Stacom, courant.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Restaurants are still allowed to sell food for takeout or delivery. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2021 Restaurants will be limited to takeout or delivery. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021 As of now, customers can order thighs for takeout or delivery. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 22 June 2021 Offer your customers opportunities to use more than one channel to order to accommodate those who return to in-person dining alongside those who continue to desire takeout or delivery. Hope Neiman, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Their location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is only open for dinner right now — not even for takeout or delivery. John Seewer, Chron, 31 May 2021 Barbecue on par with Chicago’s best, available only for takeout or delivery, is the draw. Washington Post, 18 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The driving of interest rates to 20-year lows meant families with a house, equity and a job could refinance, lowering their payment, or take out money to fuel spending or investment. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 The property offers a variety of Smart cars, vespas, e-bikes, and more for guests to take out for a day to explore the surrounding area. Josh Max, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 This leaves her, alongside Ricard, with a difficult decision: vote out Brad for being too powerful or take out JD, who is keeping secrets. Joseph Longo, Vulture, 6 Oct. 2021 The dryer will fluff for me and take out wrinkles when needed. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 Sinfull Bakery is open for coffee, dine-in or take out orders. Rose Bruno Bailey, Chron, 2 Sep. 2021 But when landlords pay cash for buildings rather than take out loans — as is common in distressed areas of Milwaukee — they’re not required to have insurance. jsonline.com, 25 Aug. 2021 DailyPay makes it so that employees are able to take out money that belongs to them, but at a small fee. Gene Marks, Forbes, 23 May 2021 Then take out a tape measure and -- without sucking in your tummy, please -- wrap it around your waist at the top of your hipbone (which is typically across the belly button). Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of takeout


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1941, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

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The first known use of takeout was in the 13th century

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14 Oct 2021

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of takeout

: food that is cooked in a restaurant and taken by a customer to be eaten in another place
: a restaurant that sells takeout

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