takeoff

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noun take·off \ˈtāk-ˌȯf\

Definition of takeoff

  1. 1a :  a rise or leap from a surface in making a jump or flight or an ascent in an aircraft or in the launching of a rocketb :  an action of starting outc :  a rapid rise in activity, growth, or popularity an economic takeoff

  2. 2 :  an imitation especially in the way of caricature

  3. 3a :  a spot at which one takes offb :  a starting point :  point of departure

  4. 4 :  an action of removing something

  5. 5 :  a mechanism for transmission of the power of an engine or vehicle to operate some other mechanism

Examples of takeoff in a Sentence

  1. Please remain seated during takeoff.

  2. Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff.

  3. All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs.

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First Known Use of takeoff

1833


TAKEOFF Defined for English Language Learners

takeoff

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Definition of takeoff for English Language Learners

  • : the moment when an airplane, helicopter, etc., leaves the ground and begins to fly

  • : the beginning of a jump

  • : a sudden increase in size, activity, or popularity


TAKEOFF Defined for Kids

takeoff

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noun take·off \ˈtāk-ˌȯf\

Definition of takeoff for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of leaving the ground (as by an airplane)

  2. 2 :  an imitation especially to mock the original

  3. 3 :  a spot at which something leaves the ground



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