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

Other Words from takeaway

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The full details can be found here but the takeaway is that there are two critical vulnerabilities to be fixed. Davey Winder, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Despite its winking title, the takeaway couldn’t be more clear: Van Etten has been going about this all right. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 But the takeaway is that earbuds need cleaning, not least of all because dirty earbuds can lead to ear infections by literally forcing germs into your ear canal. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Rather, the takeaway from this polling is that Republican officials don't have to bend over backwards to accede to every Trump demand. Harry Enten, CNN, 10 Apr. 2022 At the end of the discussion, the takeaway was somewhat positive: With the right strategies and regulations, and a growing impetus to act from both corporations and consumers, more businesses will aim higher with their goals and meet them sooner. Dan Reilly, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2022 Sezim escapes, leaving audiences (and voters) with a hopeful ending, even if the takeaway is more grim, spotlighting a larger problem. Peter Debruge, Variety, 24 Mar. 2022 That’s why the most important takeaway from this experiment is the difference in battery performance over the two types of networks: T-Mobile 4G and 5G for the iPhone SE and 13 Pro; Verizon 4G and 5G for the iPhone 13 Mini and new iPad Air. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2022 The takeaway is unclear — are we supposed to empathize? Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of takeaway

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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15 May 2022

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“Takeaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeaway. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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