take·​away ˈtāk-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce takeaway (audio)
: 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
: the first movement of the backswing in golf
chiefly British : takeout
: an act or instance of taking possession of the ball or puck from an opposing team
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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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of takeaway was in 1921

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“Takeaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeaway. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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take·​away ˈtā-kə-ˌwā How to pronounce takeaway (audio)
chiefly British : takeout sense 3
: an act or instance of taking possession of the ball or puck from an opposing team

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