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

But meal kits are still a far less convenient way of creating a meal than either takeout or microwavable frozen dinners. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Surprising Rewards of Meal Kits," 30 Nov. 2018 Be prepared to wait for a seat; Mu is unapologetically cash only, with no takeout or delivery options. Can’t wait? Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 Guests dined on mini Chinese takeout boxes filled with noodles and chicken egg rolls under crimson lights. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Girl in the Spider’s Web," 5 Nov. 2018 This grilled bok choy salad embodies your favorite sweet and savory oriental flavors – without the grease of typical takeout dishes. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Inventive summer salads for a fresh take on dinner," 2 July 2018 The top-of-the-line Ozaki, aged longer and from a single farm, outshines the others for richness and flavor and comes in a trim wooden gift box (reusable!) for takeout. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Restaurant Bets You’ll Pay $180 for a Sandwich (Fries Included)," 25 June 2018 The baaree also will have quick options for takeout at lunch. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The baaree, the beer garden at the Cheel restaurant in Thiensville, opens June 29," 7 June 2018 There are a few seats in the window, but overall HR is meant for takeout. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Hummus options keep spreading | Let's Eat," 6 June 2018 Pompano Beach last year began requiring all city vendors and food providers at city events to avoid putting takeout food in plastic foam clamshells. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Companies, municipalities crack down on plastics," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shoppers Drug Mart, the country’s largest pharmacy chain, has taken out a medical cannabis producer license. Ian Austen, The Seattle Times, "Dreams of big profits as marijuana becomes legal in Canada," 16 Oct. 2018 When Trump visited Montana in July, Tester took out full-page ads in several newspapers welcoming the president to the state. Fox News, "Trump, at Montana rally, slams Jon Tester, Democrat opponents: 'Get out and vote Republican'," 2 Oct. 2018 Will Stranger Things finally take out Game of Thrones? Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here’s Exactly How to Watch the 2018 Emmy Awards Online," 17 Sep. 2018 And Trump takes out full-page ads in major American newspapers affirming this view. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades," 12 Sep. 2018 In tearing out the old concrete and brick, workers also took out 15 locust trees that provided shade on the mall. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "With Water Street Mall work finished, Aurora looks to renovate Mundy Park," 12 July 2018 In 1960, muscular men like Charles Atlas and Joe Weider took out ads in comic books that encouraged scrawny men and boys to follow their training regimen to avoid being bullied. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 So the operation is ongoing, the boys are being taken out two-by-two. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 8, 2018," 8 July 2018 Tester took out full-page ads in more than a dozen newspapers across the state Thursday to thank Trump for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Washington Post, "Trump urges ouster of senator he blames for derailing VA nod," 5 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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