take·​away | \ ˈtāk-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce takeaway (audio) \

Definition of takeaway

1 : a conclusion to be made based on presented facts or information : a main point or key message to be learned or understood from something experienced or observed The takeaway is clear: cats are a growing environmental concern because they are driving down some native bird populations …— Bruce Barcott One of the main takeaways stressed by the panelists was that social media is about conversation, not just dissemination.— Gabe Habash
2 : the first movement of the backswing in golf
3 chiefly British : takeout
4 : an act or instance of taking possession of the ball or puck from an opposing team

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Examples of takeaway in a Sentence

We ordered some Chinese takeaway. She works in a Chinese takeaway. He leads the league in takeaways.
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Recent Examples on the Web The following charts illustrate some of the key takeaways. Bloomberg.com, "As Global Stocks Sink, China Shows Volatile Path to Recovery," 10 May 2020 One of the main takeaways McMillan has after six episodes is the emphasis put on practice. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "'Last Dance' brings back memories of tough '90s NBA for Pacers coach Nate McMillan," 7 May 2020 The German Spy Museum in Berlin opened its doors for the first time in weeks, bars in central Rome began offering takeaway services, and shaggy-haired Austrians flocked to barbers’ shops in Vienna. Flavia Rotondi, Fortune, "Europe’s reopening road map: How 11 countries are beginning to lift lockdowns," 5 May 2020 During the initial phase, hairdressers and other businesses that operate via appointment will open, while restaurants will be able to offer takeaway services. NBC News, "Instead of gin, hand sanitizer," 1 May 2020 Further Reading Inside the model that may be making US, UK rethink coronavirus control While there's a lot of information here, there's a couple of key takeaways. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New model looks at what might happen if SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay," 14 Apr. 2020 Here are some of the key takeaways from the March report in charts: March’s... Anthony Debarros, WSJ, "The March Jobs Report in Charts," 3 Apr. 2020 There were a number of takeaways from the debate: Coronavirus changes everything: The moderators had a wide range of questions, but for most of the television audience there was probably just one concern: What about the virus? John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Joe Biden’s surprise in coronavirus-dominated debate: He’ll pick a woman for vice president," 15 Mar. 2020 Below, find some of the key takeaways from the president's speech about the latest major government response to the coronavirus. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Donald Trump Has Declared a State of Emergency in Response to the Coronavirus. What Does That Mean?," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of takeaway

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of takeaway was in 1921

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28 May 2020

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“Takeaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeaway. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of takeaway

sports : an act of taking the ball or puck from a player on the other team

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