take·​away | \ˈtāk-ə-ˌwā \

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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takeaway adjective

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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Usual suspects like her pink lip, luminous skin, and slim sunglasses acted as additional finishers, but the ultimate takeaway was undoubtedly Hadid's hem of piece-y bangs. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Pairs the Perfect Windswept Updo With an All-White Puffer," 23 Oct. 2018 Those are the main takeaways from a conversation reporters had on Friday with Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Alex Ward, Vox, "US National Guard chief: “The climate is changing. I don’t know why.”," 12 Oct. 2018 And the immediate takeaway is that the scale of the Internet Archive today may be as hard to fathom as the scale of the Internet itself. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”," 7 Oct. 2018 Here are some key takeaways from our conversation with him at Midem. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Midem Report: Eduardo Cabra Finds a New Lane, Preps New Release," 11 June 2018 Here are the three biggest takeaways from Sunday at Michigan International Speedway: 1. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR at Michigan: Results, 3 takeaways from Sunday's Cup series race," 10 June 2018 The golf itself, though, is the crown jewel of the club and the general takeaway is the same for members and guests alike. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Piney Branch Golf Club," 7 June 2018 That’s one takeaway from a discussion of social impact and design during the Fortune CEO Initiative conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How Weight Watchers and Ford Are 'Redesigning' Their Businesses," 27 June 2018 That's the big, reinforcing takeaway from the New York Times's scoop Tuesday night that Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself in the Russia probe. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The Trump obstruction of justice probe is bigger than we realized," 30 May 2018

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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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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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