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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The takeaway: Plants get worse at absorbing CO2 the more severe the climate gets. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Trees Don't Absorb Enough Carbon to Stave Off Climate Change, Says Study," 24 Jan. 2019 The takeaway: After the success of the fund, and many imitators, Mr. Bogle isn’t just considered the father of the index fund. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "John Bogle Talks About His Best and Worst Financial Bets," 9 Dec. 2018 The takeaway from many of those accounts matches that of Kristin Davis, a longtime associate of Roger Stone who testified before the grand jury last week. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "What’s next for Mueller’s investigation after Manafort’s conviction?," 22 Aug. 2018 Some takeaways: --It is no longer just liberal commentators who question Trump’s mental health and racial attitudes. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 One big takeaway: Despite his Twitter shenanigans, CEO Elon Musk is still definitely in charge. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: It's Business Time," 10 June 2018 So after the conclusion of the athletes-only DWTS season, here are our final takeaways from the athletes, the season and its finale. 1. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "4 takeaways from DWTS athletes finale: Adam Rippon deserves all the glory," 22 May 2018 Five takeaways from the Heat’s season-ending 104-91 Game 5 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers: 1. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Heat season ends, and now this roster experiment must, too | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 The Board of Trustees has not changed its support of a structured POMV methodology in light of these takeaways. Anchorage Daily News, "It’s time to adopt POMV structure for Permanent Fund," 27 Jan. 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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