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


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

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

In London trading on Thursday, RPC’s shares were down about 4% to £7.14, a sign of investor worry that the collapse of the Intu deal could signal potential trouble for its possible takeout. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Brookfield Pulls Multibillion-Dollar U.K. Deal as Brexit Uncertainty Bites," 29 Nov. 2018 Getty Images The morning after the night before is usually synonymous with some interesting bed hair, a questionable takeout order, and generally looking less than fresh. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner Sharing a "J Sister" Bachelorette Hangover Is a Vibe," 6 Nov. 2018 And if that doesn’t happen, your chances are way higher of resorting to less nutritious and more expensive options like takeout. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm an R.D. and I'm Really Great at Grocery Shopping—Steal My Tips," 31 Jan. 2019 What Stands Out Features: A hook for carrying takeout food? Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Volvo loads up XC40 compact SUV with nifty features," 8 June 2018 While dining at one of the communal tables is part of the experience, the wait is never pleasant—do like in-the-know locals and opt for takeout, which can be eaten picnic-style nearby. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Dim Sum Spots in Hong Kong," 5 Mar. 2018 Your phone and tablet are filled with apps for errand-running services and takeout food. Colleen Egan, House Beautiful, "12 Things You Definitely Own If You're a Homebody," 10 Nov. 2014 The prepared-meal services have to contend not only with logistics and distribution challenges but competition from restaurant delivery startups, meal-kit services and, of course, home cooking, restaurant takeout and eating out. Nat Ives, WSJ, "Meal Subscription Service Freshly Hires Its New CMO From Spotify," 3 Jan. 2019 After two years of operation, Amazon has quietly closed the London arm of its takeout and delivery service, reports the Evening Standard. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon quietly ends its restaurant delivery service in the UK," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The insurance contracts Blackstone took out, known as credit-default swaps, typically pay out when a company defaults, usually reflecting dire financial straits. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Voters already fear economic pain from Trump's trade war," 9 July 2018 The Japanese only just squeezed through, taking a route no team has ever taken out of a World Cup group. Jerome Pugmire, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium hope to continue their winning run against the surprising Japan," 1 July 2018 In 2016 community organizers in Minneapolis pushed for the city to make its officers take out liability insurance policies—though their efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Criminal Justice Should Chicago cops have to carry misconduct insurance?," 29 June 2018 According to fan site American Ninja Warrior Nation, five contestants in total were taken out by the Wingnuts, while 12 overall completed the entire course. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Former Eagle Jason Avant fails 'American Ninja Warrior' qualifying round," 26 June 2018 Whatever the case, there was controversy on Rizzo's slide into home took out Pirates catcher Elias Diaz during Monday's game in Pittsburgh. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "MLB rules umpires got it wrong on this slide into home plate by Cubs' Anthony Rizzo," 29 May 2018 His firms took out more than 12,500 loans during a nine-year period; at times, 20 of them matured each day. The Economist, "A judge blames many parties in the Gulf’s biggest-ever corporate scandal," 9 June 2018 The plane wasn’t taken out of service, however, even though pilots on the immediately preceding flight experienced repeated automatic nose-down commands like those that occurred on Flight 610. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash Prompts Some Carriers to Boost Pilot Training," 7 Dec. 2018 On the night of the election, those provisional ballots were taken out of their envelopes, counted and set aside. Sean Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Republicans fan unfounded worries about voter fraud in Florida, other close contests," 12 Nov. 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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The first known use of takeout was in the 13th century

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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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