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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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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Here are five takeaways from Phoenix’s weeklong stay in Sin City: Deandre Ayton a work in progress Deandre Ayton carried the weight of being the No. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns' summer-league takeaways: Deandre Ayton's progress, efforts of Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison," 13 July 2018 Here are a few takeaways from Wednesday's hearings: 1. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress," 12 July 2018 The practical takeaway, according to the researchers, is that anything that lowers the levels of adenosine accumulating in your brain has the potential to improve your endurance performance. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 Here are five takeaways from Orlando’s summer-league debut: 1. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Five takeaways from the Magic’s summer league opener," 7 July 2018 Here are our nine takeaways from last night’s primaries across the country: 1. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Nine big takeaways from last night's primaries," 6 June 2018 Here are some key takeaways from Tuesday’s report: -The flat headline reading for inventories missed the consensus. Ben Leubsdorf, WSJ, "U.S. Business Inventories Flat in March," 15 May 2018 Here, a few takeaways, translated from the Russian. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gosha Rubchinskiy on the End of Gosha Rubchinskiy—And More From His Talk in Tbilisi, Georgia," 4 May 2018 Of course, the ultimate takeaway was a photo or autograph from World Series champ, though the swag bags filled with Fig & Olive's rose vinaigrette and Whataburger vouchers were a nice touch, too. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's fourth annual All-Star Bowling Benefit raises record $250K for youth who stutter," 10 July 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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