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 Retooled for takeout, Tasty 20 resurfaced again months later with an event at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, a testing ground for both Mancia-Vayo and the eatery. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Tasty 20 foodie events fill bellies while helping local eateries," 9 Sep. 2020 Yes, my favorite diner was open for takeout, but Vermont’s cheery welcome centers were closed. Travel + Leisure, "The American Road Trip Is As Popular As Ever — but It's Not the Same As It Used to Be," 5 Sep. 2020 Open for takeout and inside dining 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "If family-style takeout is on the menu, these 3 restaurants have a whole lot to offer," 4 Sep. 2020 Restaurants this year can extend their participation through Sept. 27 — and participating restaurants can offer Restaurant Week meals for takeout. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "These 3 Arlington restaurants are participating in DFW Restaurant Week," 27 Aug. 2020 Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. for takeout only. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Meet the Funnel Cake Queen, who helps pay customers’ bills while business thrives," 26 Aug. 2020 Along with takeout and, later, dine-in service, the owners hope to continue their once-a-month events and are applying for event licenses that will allow for parties that will take over the bar and the parking lot. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Central Phoenix is getting a new restaurant and bar. Here's what to know about Industry," 22 Aug. 2020 Several of the largest restaurant companies in the U.S. are struggling with capacity restrictions on indoor dining and attempting to lure customers with takeout in a bid to avoid financial disaster. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Hawaii may delay tourists' return; California orders closure of defiant private school; US deaths near 170K," 14 Aug. 2020 Starting Thursday, Pop Pizza will offer two salads and six pies for takeout only via its website, with delivery options coming as soon as Saturday. oregonlive, "First look: Pop Pizza, a Detroit-style pizzeria from one of Portland’s top bakers," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Empty all the garbages into one, and take out that bag, or bring it with you. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Getting your home show ready with limited time," 10 Sep. 2020 The surgeon couldn’t take out one tiny sliver in her finger, leaving Iman with a piece of Beirut embedded in her hand. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "The Family Scars Left by the Beirut Blast," 3 Sep. 2020 So ultimately, increasing volume of sales of dining in, take out, catering or other diversified income streams, ensures a living wage for all involved without the need for extra service fees. The Washington Post, "Restaurants that make their own deliveries," 19 Aug. 2020 From here, guests can take out sea kayaks, go on a whale-watching journey, or just head out on the dock for a bit of fishing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "These Breathtaking Lodges in Alaska Are Offering a Socially Distant Buyout Package for $20,000 a Night," 11 Aug. 2020 And few oil firms appear ready to take out loans, in any case. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Trump is opening Alaska’s wilderness to the oil business, but no one is buying," 20 Aug. 2020 Bake 7-9 minutes and take out before the outsides get slightly browned. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chocolate chip cookies in sync with the times," 19 Aug. 2020 The drain pipe construction, which Anderson was told was supposed to start in August, would take out her navel oranges, grapes and a historic Matkoom date palm tree bought from Iraq in 1910. Emilly Davis, The Arizona Republic, "'A raging crisis': Metro Phoenix is losing its family farms and local food sources," 17 Aug. 2020 To pay for the facility’s construction, port officials will take out a commercial loan, to be repaid with revenue from the center’s entertainment events, conferences and industry partnerships. Brandon Lingle, ExpressNews.com, "Innovation hub coming to Port SA," 15 Aug. 2020

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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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19 Sep 2020

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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