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 Some varieties surprised grocer Whole Foods Market and suppliers of its takeout containers. Washington Post, "To the EPA, ‘Forever Chemicals’ Are a Big Problem Now," 18 Sep. 2019 People who live in the suburbs or rural areas are also more likely to rely on personal vehicles for things like transportation, takeout food, and grocery shopping, making on-demand companies that offer these services less appealing. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "The sharing economy is a massive transfer of wealth from rich investors to rich consumers," 21 Aug. 2019 The Franklin and Jean Sweeney parks are a few blocks away and close by you can find fantastic takeout food and fun Tiki drinks. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Attractive vintage home on huge lot," 30 July 2019 Shares in Just Eat, a pioneering U.K. website for ordering takeout food that now competes with Deliveroo, fell almost 10%. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Amazon Deal Makes Meal Delivery Even Hotter," 17 May 2019 The ordinance did not affect fast-food, deli, or takeout orders. Dakota Kim, Sunset, "Plastic Straws Are Being Banned Across the West—Here’s Our Guide to Where and How," 22 Jan. 2018 My takeout containers from a favorite haunt — Los Tacos in West Hollywood — were not acceptable because of some bean and cheese residue. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: I took the contents of my blue bin to the recycling center. Here’s what I learned," 17 Aug. 2019 Every day millions of plastic bags and polystyrene cups and takeout containers are used in the retail and food-service industry. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Climate science says act now; No jobs, no illegal immigration; more responses (8/13/19)," 13 Aug. 2019 One line stretches from the takeout windows almost to Federal Highway, past the mini-carousel with three horses ($2 per ride) and the cutout ice-cream sundae where kids poke heads into holes and parents snap pics of their adorable little scoops. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: At Jaxson’s Ice Cream, cool things come to those who wait," 16 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Drake goes back to the dugout, takes out two bats and tosses them onto the infield. Fox News, "Baseball team's coach, 6, dresses down umpire after controversial out," 17 July 2019 In addition to learning to communicate more openly, Natural Helpers assist local Elders in tasks like chopping wood, shoveling snow, washing dishes and taking out the trash. Anchorage Daily News, "Around Alaska, there’s a new approach to suicide prevention: Think locally," 17 Sep. 2019 Three of those animals were loaded onto boats and taken out to deeper water. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A whale washed ashore in Maryland and citizens attempted to push it back into the water," 15 Sep. 2019 Not all live in bike-friendly communities like Marin County or Portland, Oregon, and not all are as comfortably off as Canning; some had to sell their car or take out a no-interest loan in order to afford a cargo bike. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "A New Film Heralds the Coming Cargo-Bike Revolution," 12 Sep. 2019 This Sunday’s discussions will include whether to remove the covering, add text that puts the founders’ lives in context, or take out the memorials altogether. Jonathan Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "In slavery, her family was owned by his. Now they attend a Baltimore church seeking to atone for its past.," 12 Sep. 2019 The small pizzeria serves pizza by the slice to hungry fans waiting in line for a show, as well as entire pies for take out. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, poke and steak: These 12 restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in August," 2 Sep. 2019 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The purchase price was not disclosed, but the firm took out a $140 million loan from Goldman Sachs to buy the property. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "New York firm buys former Andeavor HQ," 27 Aug. 2019 But only moments after emerging from a cluster of houses, Leviz, Sapauu, and BAsill were immediately lit up and taken out by gunfire from Finland, Russia, and the United States. Aron Garst, The Verge, "Illegal tournaments and rejected visas: Team Vietnam’s long road to the PUBG Nations Cup," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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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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