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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The restaurant, located a few blocks from Alice’s, maintains the takeout option from Pizza Underground with a whole new set of sit-down dining options from cranberry pistachio goat cheese balls to cioppino. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2022 Less cinematic but more significant were the myriad takeout and delivery apps that flourished during the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 The storefront space became available early in the pandemic, when everyone was doing takeout, and Bajaj saw it as an opportunity to explore a different style of hospitality. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 But hot wings are ubiquitous, typically served alongside pizza at any takeout joint, even found at most grocery stores. Fox News, 22 July 2022 Panda Express’ orange chicken, the quintessential American Chinese invention that helped bolster a nationwide craze for Chinese takeout, turns 35 on Friday. Claire Wang, NBC News, 15 July 2022 The Congregational Church of Somersville will hold a takeout-only fundraising supper on Saturday, July 30. Hartford Courant, 13 July 2022 Located on Lower Level 2, Burger Bar was modeled to offer a mid-shopping bite or post-spree takeout portable to nearby Central Park. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Restaurants must offer at least one takeout food item as well. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is when employees may take out a camera and give everyone a close look at the problem. Kathleen Lucente, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The company won court approval this month to take out a $1.4 billion loan to get through bankruptcy. Jennifer Williams-alvarez, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 President Joe Biden meets with his national security team last month to discuss the counterterrorism operation to take out Ayman al-Zawahiri in an image released Tuesday. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2022 No more climbing on top of your car to take out and put away your gear. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 28 Jan. 2022 These are the kind of attacks that can undermine a business and take out a company virtually overnight. Eric Herzog, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The Dash Cart, introduced in 2020, automatically keeps a real-time receipt of all the products shoppers put in them from store shelves (or take out). Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 11 July 2022 In Wednesday’s statement, police said the investigation led authorities to take out warrants against Hudson on June 22. Henri Hollis, ajc, 29 June 2022 Turn it off completely again, take out the power cable and leave the system alone for 20 minutes. Toby Grey, BGR, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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