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 Meanwhile, more restaurants turned to the services following city mandates that only allowed eateries to fulfill takeout and delivery orders, analysts said. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Will food delivery prices rise following Uber’s purchase of Postmates?," 6 July 2020 Last week, Abbott paused the state’s reopening process, restricting businesses and restaurants to outdoor patronage and takeout options only. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in most counties," 2 July 2020 Advice on where to get groceries or takeout led to arguments and name-calling. Laura Leigh Abby, Washington Post, "The pandemic has parents stressed out. Shaming one another on Facebook isn’t the answer.," 2 July 2020 From gyms closing to ordering more takeout, COVID-19 has disrupted the health and fitness routines of many people. Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston Chronicle, "Baylor College of Medicine doctor offers advice on how to work off the ‘Quarantine 15’," 2 July 2020 Avocado and Shrimp Sushi Forget the takeout—try this homemade take on a California roll instead. Taylor Eisenhauer, Southern Living, "Sushi vs Sashimi: What's the Difference?," 30 June 2020 While the stay-at-home order was in place, Smith said, her family was not spending on takeout and entertainment. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Amid the pandemic, economists say, some job losses will be permanent," 29 June 2020 Though takeout and some in-house dining are allowed, Brigtsen does not plan to reopen Brigtsen’s Restaurant until later this summer. National Geographic, "'It’s in the genes': New Orleans culture marches on despite the pandemic," 26 June 2020 Noble suggests ordering takeout and enjoying it picnic-style in a park. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Road trip checklist: How to prep for California car travel in the coronavirus pandemic," 20 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plus, there are currently zero-percent financing offers that are very attractive to folks who want to take out a loan. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Leasing vs. Buying a Car or Truck: Which Is Best for You?," 5 July 2020 In several demonstrations since 2016, political adversaries have used their cars as weapons to take out demonstrators. oregonlive, "Police chief outlasts long-time mayor in bitter Gresham power struggle," 4 July 2020 But others look to an insurer to protect them from default, or take out specialist loans backed by the invoices. The Economist, "Collateral damage Trade finance stumbles into the digital era," 4 July 2020 So, don’t take out your frustrations on call center representatives. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "If you get an IRS letter that says your tax payment is overdue, don’t panic," 29 June 2020 William hopes that Payton will use this info to take out Marcus instead of Hadassah. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020 They have been limited to take out and delivery service only since the pandemic hit in mid-March. USA TODAY, "Trump going Fourth, college refunds, parks shuttered: News from around our 50 states," 22 June 2020 Students can request to take out library books using an online form. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Librarian uses drones to deliver books to kids stuck at home due to coronavirus," 16 June 2020 For Uber, encouraging its drivers to take out PPP loans has complex implications. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Uber debuts program to help drivers apply for PPP loans through lender Kabbage," 16 June 2020

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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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9 Jul 2020

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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