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


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

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

The ban included plastic takeout containers, which were littering the tundra. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Somebody’s got to do it.’ Anchorage Assembly members consider banning plastic shopping bags," 8 July 2018 Skip takeout tonight, and whip up this super-fast and healthy one pan supper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Vegetarian Fried Rice," 15 Feb. 2019 Home in on the areas that matter to you (my 2019 goal is to waste less money on takeout), and work on those goals. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Only Money Hacks You Need to Save Big in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 The team spread mats on the floors of their hotel rooms and spent up to 17 hours each day putting the machines together, pausing only for takeout meals ordered by the native Chinese speakers on the team. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW students and their attack robots hit bumps in China — then a hotel hair dryer saved the day," 17 Aug. 2018 Secondly, there's no littering allowed; no candy wrappers, no takeout bags, no coffee cups, and so on. Meagan Morrison, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Common Mistakes Travelers Make in Singapore," 1 Mar. 2018 In London trading on Thursday, RPC’s shares were down about 4% to £7.14, a sign of investor worry that the collapse of the Intu deal could signal potential trouble for its possible takeout. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Brookfield Pulls Multibillion-Dollar U.K. Deal as Brexit Uncertainty Bites," 29 Nov. 2018 Getty Images The morning after the night before is usually synonymous with some interesting bed hair, a questionable takeout order, and generally looking less than fresh. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner Sharing a "J Sister" Bachelorette Hangover Is a Vibe," 6 Nov. 2018 And if that doesn’t happen, your chances are way higher of resorting to less nutritious and more expensive options like takeout. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm an R.D. and I'm Really Great at Grocery Shopping—Steal My Tips," 31 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

State inspectors pulled over nearly 8,000 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles during a recent spot check — and a whopping 25 percent of the trucks had safety violations that required them to be taken out of service. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "How safe is that 18-wheeler you just passed on the highway? You might be surprised," 9 July 2018 Dan and Adam are going to team up to take out some aliens at 11:00 A.M. PT. Dan Masaoka, PCWorld, "PCWorld is streaming Earthfall on Twitch!," 1 June 2018 Buying a multiunit building in San Francisco usually requires taking out a sizable loan. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF supes move closer to nixing rent hikes that pay for landlords’ loans, taxes," 18 May 2018 Lily hit the red carpet at the InStyle awards on Tuesday night showing off some heavily winged liner with a teeny, tiny stripe taken out of it. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Get a Negative Space Cat Eye Like Lily Collins," 24 Oct. 2018 There is little, if any, data on the safety of this plant compound, especially taken out of its indigenous context (Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Jan. 30, 2018). Joe Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Vicks VapoRub eases facial pain," 11 Sep. 2018 Television footage showed residents remaining outside, fearing aftershocks, as the injured were being treated on mattresses taken out of their partially damaged houses and patients were wheeled out of a hospital. Bradford Betz, Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Indonesia earthquake in popular tourist area results in multiple deaths, over 160 people injured," 29 July 2018 Goldstein’s prescient work, which borrowed elements of image and film, could have predicted the internet era: paintings of natural and cinematic phenomena taken out of context, bits of film spliced into endless loops. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Instead, administrators at that university seek to mitigate flight emissions through flat fees: $9 per domestic flight and $25 per international flight, taken out of the relevant department’s budget. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "New University Rules Encourage Scientists to Avoid Air Travel," 3 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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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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