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

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

Major online food-delivery players are flying high with 84% of U.S. adults ordering delivery or takeout at least once a month, according to a Gallup poll last July. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Some Restaurants Get Served in Delivery Boom," 13 June 2019 With seating for up to 225 and a full-service outside patio, the emporium will include cuisine options that range from takeout and counter service to full-service, upscale dining. Juliet Pennington, BostonGlobe.com, "Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week," 11 June 2019 Inside, cashiers shouted takeout orders to the cooks in the cramped kitchen,... Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "Classic Drive-In Restaurants Well Worth the Trip," 29 May 2019 There’s more than a little Chinese-takeout-container influence there, too. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "A NASA Architect Designed a Camper," 25 May 2019 In the meantime, though, our Thai dinner is being eaten out of takeout containers. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "With HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya Puts Her Disney Past Behind Her Once and For All," 9 May 2019 The aversion grew exponentially after Utley fractured the leg of shortstop Ruben Tejada with a takeout slide during the 2015 playoffs. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Dodgers plan to activate Chase Utley to face New York Mets on Friday," 20 June 2018 Clearly only ever getting takeout at Huan Xi was a big mistake. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: New Amazon delivery service, the coolest internship this summer and what happened when Giannis tried to get tacos," 25 Apr. 2018 Between Me and My Mind also hinted at the question of when, if ever, Phish will retire—perhaps return my husband to me for cozy New Year's Eves at home, with champagne and takeout, like regular people? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Between Me and My Mind," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Investors also haven’t rushed to take out protection in the options market against potential declines—a somewhat unusual development, since stocks tend to fall alongside bond yields when investors believe the economy is heading toward a soft patch. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Markets Send Mixed Signals on Trade Battle," 16 June 2019 That allowed him to take out up to $83,000 in equity. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 But my expectation for the Nuggets is to take out the Warriors, regardless. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Why our instant-replay obsession has made NFL games less fun to watch," 8 June 2019 Besides removing floors from the top, another solution could involve taking out ceilings in some units, which would double those units’ ceiling heights and also reduce the building’s square footage. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Developers Built a 30-Story High-Rise. They Might Have to Chop Off 5 Floors.," 5 June 2019 The trick to recreating this look is to take out a few pieces of hair, mainly toward the front of your head, and curl them with an iron. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "13 Graduation Hairstyles That Will Still Look Cute Under Your Grad Cap," 9 Apr. 2019 The man then took out his own handgun and shot Jaquez, police said. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "Police: Man shot to death in Phoenix after confrontation involving cellphone," 4 June 2019 Here are all the signs that Camila is taking out new music in 2019... Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Signs Camila Cabello is About to Drop New Music," 15 Apr. 2019 Since perforation most commonly occurs shortly after insertion, that could mean getting your IUD taken out way before its deadline. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 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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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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