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 Fast growing gourmet cookie delivery and takeout company Crumbl is set to open another Alabama location. al, 1 June 2021 Others pared down menus or continue to emphasize counter service or takeout, which is less labor-intensive. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 1 June 2021 The owner says the city really wanted a sit-down restaurant in the neighborhood, not another takeout. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 The temporary allowance to serve takeout drinks, which is currently authorized by an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, expires June 5. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Cafes and restaurants will only be able to offer takeout and schools will close. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Meanwhile, Sichuan House is still going strong, having weathered the worst of the pandemic with a streamlined menu and a robust takeout program. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 25 May 2021 The restaurant will operate in two sections: the back garden will serve dishes previously seen at Cosecha along with family-style takeout meals beginning May 25. Ferron Salniker, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2021 Pelham swept up food wrappers, soiled takeout containers and plastic bags of trash left at the curb by residents, many of whom had not yet emerged from their tents. Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mediflow’s water pillow is fully adjustable—just add or take out water as needed. Korin Miller, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Not to get groceries, not to get mail, not even to take out the trash. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 Crooks could use this information, perhaps along with other readily available information, to open a credit card or take out a loan, hack into your personal accounts or maybe even file a phony income tax return to trigger a generous refund. Star Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 Crooks could use this information, perhaps along with other readily available information, to open a credit card or take out a loan, hack into your personal accounts or maybe even file a phony income tax return to trigger a generous refund. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2021 Tennessee is going to the bullpen to take out reliever Kirby Connell, who only recorded one out in relief of Will Heflin. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Israel has bombarded the Gaza Strip to take out Hamas militants launching rockets at Israeli cities. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 As the conflict between Hamas and Israel flares up, social media fills with sci-fi looking videos of glowing interceptor missiles rising into the night sky to take out incoming rockets in a burst of flame. David Hambling, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The cast includes Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and several SEAL members, all of whom present somber commentary on the risky but successful assignment to take out the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021

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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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4 Jun 2021

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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