take·out | \ˈtāk-ˌau̇t \

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 \

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


Definition of take out (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : deduct, separate

(2) : exclude, omit

(3) : withdraw, withhold

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

loose, release, unleash, vent

Antonyms: Verb

bottle (up), repress, suppress

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Examples of takeout in a Sentence


We ordered some Chinese takeout. She works in a Chinese takeout.


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

The model and the small menu are conducive to takeout, which produces more than half of the revenue at this location. New York Times, "San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work.," 25 June 2018 Puglisi makes this destination feel like a neighborhood spot as locals often stop for takeout (pro hotel tip!). Bon Appetit, "Manfreds," 18 June 2018 Diners bring home leftovers in white takeout boxes, which aren’t a thing in China. Liza Lin, WSJ, "P.F. Chang’s Brings Sort-of Chinese Food to China," 12 May 2018 Her shop in Westmont has since evolved into a takeout/eat-in restaurant, gallery, performance venue and community space — as well as a key ingredient in Haddon Avenue’s revival. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Not just another java joint, Westmont's Espressit is up for sale," 2 July 2018 Even millennials, known for their foodie tastes, are embracing frozen meals, which are convenient and less expensive than takeout. Fortune, "Chef Boyardee and Birds Eye Are Getting Together in a $8.1 Billion Merger Between Conagra and Pinnacle Foods," 27 June 2018 The idea is simple—Meituan wants to get takeout-ordering users to use its app for other stuff. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Meituan IPO Comes With a Tasty Valuation," 25 June 2018 Some, the betting interests, say the fairs have too high a takeout compared with Golden Gate. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! People still love the fairs," 21 June 2018 Today's featured beer: Green Zebra Gose Style Ale plus bottles of KBS (no takeouts). Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Beer calendar: Great Lakes tap specials, police benefit at Platform, more," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The stadium opened in 2002, and the city is still paying back bonds taken out to finance construction of the facility. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Citing progress, Ripken Stadium events manager seeks approval to book 2019 events," 11 July 2018 Melara asked to be taken out of consideration for a reappointment last week, meaning Mayor-elect London Breed will get to nominate her replacement. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Joe Marshall gets another shot at SF Police Commission — needs supes’ OK," 10 July 2018 In 2016, 1,751 of 7,795 trucks inspected (22.5 percent) were taken out of service, records show. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "How safe is that 18-wheeler you just passed on the highway? You might be surprised," 9 July 2018 The two most interesting [things] for photos are things that are doctored and things that are taken out of context. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "How Facebook Checks Facts and Polices Hate Speech," 6 July 2018 But this guy's smoking habit and inability to take out the trash are just the beginning. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Hilary Duff Put Her Nightmare Neighbor On Blast," 16 May 2018 The 2016 champion didn’t have the speed at St. Petersburg, slipped in the pits at Phoenix and on Sunday got taken out by circumstances totally outside of his control. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Alexander Rossi wins IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach from the pole," 15 Apr. 2018 He was taken out of the game, a 9-1 Tigers win which snapped an 11-game losing streak. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers to place Leonys Martin on DL; who will be called up?," 1 July 2018 An electric train set taken out of Germany by Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018

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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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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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