take·​down | \ˈtāk-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of takedown 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the action or an act of taking down

2 : something (such as a rifle) having takedown construction


take·​down | \ˈtāk-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of takedown (Entry 2 of 3)

: constructed so as to be readily taken apart a takedown rifle

take down


Definition of take down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lower without removing took down his pants

2a : to pull to pieces take down a building

b : disassemble take a rifle down

3 : to lower the spirit or vanity of

4a : to write down took down some notes

b : to record by mechanical means

intransitive verb

: to become seized or attacked especially by illness

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Examples of takedown in a Sentence


there's no need to take us down by making fun of our clothes electricians will take down all the lights for the set after the play has finished its run

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Klose catches Vannata with an elbow from the clinch that cuts Vannata and then scores a takedown, but Vannata gets up in a hurry. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose live round-by-round coverage," 8 July 2018 Mat Latos is back in the news after sparking a benches-clearing brawl, which included a takedown by Latos. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Reds Beat Blog: What to do with Cincinnati Reds top prospect Nick Senzel?," 13 June 2018 There, in September 2014, a panel of judges ruled that copyright owners indeed must consider fair use when sending takedown notices. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "A Landmark Legal Battle Over a Toddler Dancing to Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' Looks to Be Ending," 7 June 2018 Hayes had no such struggle in his second-round match, using several strong single-leg takedowns to whip Ryan Blees of Virginia Tech, 12-6. Pat Galbincea, cleveland.com, "Ohio State in lead at NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships after first day (photos)," 15 Mar. 2018 Jones gave up two quick takedowns in that match before regrouping and making a comeback. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State wrestling: Homestead's Cooper Hunt gets past top-ranked Aaron Schulist to reach semifinals," 22 Feb. 2018 The Trinitarios organization in the Bronx had been decimated by federal takedowns in 2011 and 2012, and its numbers and organizing trends are tracked closely by the police. New York Times, "Two More Suspects Arrested in Slaying of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, Bronx Teenager," 4 July 2018 After the pictures went viral on Facebook, Mesa police video showed the takedown. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Charges dropped against Robert Johnson, man brutally beaten by Mesa police," 14 June 2018 The punches, chokes and takedowns happen no more than 10 feet from your face. Ben Waterhouse, OregonLive.com, "Defunk Theatre goes to the mat in 'Girl in the Red Corner'," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Wayback Machine generally adheres to the standards of the Oakland Archive Policy, a template for the use of librarians and archivists in evaluating takedown requests developed at UC Berkeley and first published in 2002. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 Volkanovski gets a takedown 30 seconds in and goes right back to work. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy live round-by-round coverage," 11 Feb. 2018 The five publishers will be sending takedown notices, according to the group. Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Science | AAAS, "Publishers take ResearchGate to court, alleging massive copyright infringement," 6 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Klarman’s firm, the Baupost Group, says the e-book version was posted without authorization and will shortly be taken down by Amazon as a copyright violation. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Incredible Deal on Famed Hedge Fund Manager’s E-Book Was Too Good to Be True," 10 July 2018 The house was taken down to the studs and rebuilt, which allowed the group to bring some programming inside. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Beacon Place expands into new two-story building in Waukegan," 19 June 2018 With Spain leading 3-2, Ronaldo was taken down by Gerard Pique with a needless foul. Jenna West, SI.com, "Watch: Portuguese Announcer Goes Wild After Cristiano Ronaldo's Hat Trick," 15 June 2018 The implication was clear: Carrie will be taken down a peg or two — again and again, and professional success was always suspect (a mud puddle ready to sully a princess tutu). Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 Though Variety was cited for the story, the information was covered by multiple outlets, including Fox News and Cottages & Gardens, which have since taken down their stories as well. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Reese Witherspoon Sets The Record Straight: Her House Is NOT For Sale," 31 May 2018 In the end, while some argued that the speech should be protected, it was seen by others as so incendiary that the poem should be taken down. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "In Aurora, a library display and City Council remark put spotlight on freedom of speech," 21 May 2018 Charge: Messer said President Trump’s office demanded Rokita take down his false ads while Braun said President Trump’s campaign reprimanded Rokita for lying. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Senate race: Here's what's true and what's not in the nation's nastiest primary," 4 May 2018 But when a female African-American security guard was offended by the paintings of men with nooses around their necks, McCauley reports that Towns voluntarily took down the work to respect her experience. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Artist’s Quilts Pay Tribute to African-American Women," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of takedown


1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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Financial Definition of takedown

What It Is

The takedown is the price that an underwriter pays for a new issue.

How It Works

When a company decides it wants to issue stock, bonds or other publicly traded securities, it hires an underwriter to manage what is a long and sometimes complicated process.

To begin the offering process, the underwriter and the issuer first determine the kind of offering the issuer needs. Let's say Company XYZ wants to sell shares via an initial public offering (IPO). After determining the offering structure, the underwriter usually assembles what is called a syndicate to get help managing the minutiae (and risk) of particularly large offerings. A syndicate is a group of other investment banks and brokerage firms that commit to sell a certain percentage of the offering (this is called a guaranteed offering because the underwriters agree to pay the issuer for 100% of the shares, even if they can’t sell them all).

After the syndicate is assembled, the issuer files an SEC Form S-1, which is also called a prospectus and discloses all material information about the issuer. Prospectus in hand, the underwriter then sets to selling the securities. Because there may not be a firm offering price at the time, purchasers usually subscribe for a certain number of shares. This process lets the underwriter gauge the demand for the offering.

Once the issuer and the underwriter agree on how to price the securities and the SEC has made the registration statement effective, the underwriter calls the subscribers to confirm their orders. If the demand is particularly high, the underwriter and issuer might raise the price and reconfirm this with all the subscribers.

Once the underwriter is sure it will sell all of the shares in the offering, it closes the offering. Then it purchases all the shares from the company (if the offering is a guaranteed offering). This purchase price is called the takedown. The issuer receives the proceeds minus the underwriting fees.

The underwriters then sell the shares to the subscribers at the offering price.

Why It Matters

The takedown price is like a wholesale price. It is important to note that although the underwriter influences the initial market price of the securities, once the subscribers begin selling, the free-market forces of supply and demand dictate the price.

Underwriters grease the skids for bringing securities to market. For example, if XYZ Company shares had a public offering price of $10 per share, XYZ Company might only receive $9 per share if the takedown is $9 per share. The $1 spread compensates the underwriter and syndicate for three things: negotiating and managing the offering; assuming the risk of buying the securities if nobody else will; and managing the sale of the shares. Making a market in the securities also generates commission revenue for underwriters.

As we mentioned earlier, underwriters take on considerable risk. Not only must they advise a client about matters large and small throughout the process, they relieve the issuer of the risk of trying to sell all the shares at the offer price. Underwriters often mitigate this risk by forming a syndicate whose members each share a portion of the shares in return for a portion of the fee.

Underwriters work hard to determine the "right" price for an offering, but sometimes they "leave money on the table." For example, if XYZ Company prices its 10-million-share IPO at $10 per share but the shares trade at $30 two days after the IPO, the underwriter probably underestimated the demand for the issue. As a result, XYZ Company received $150 million (less underwriting fees) when it could have possibly fetched $300 million.

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