take·​down | \ ˈtāk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio) \

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 How to pronounce takedown (audio) \

Definition of takedown (Entry 2 of 3)

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

take down

took down; taken down; taking down; takes 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

Verb 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 Drastic measures Netflix's takedown requests, which are still rolling in today, seem only to have targeted tweets that described the film negatively, although some more than others. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Netflix files copyright claims against tweets criticizing movie, trailer," 5 Nov. 2020 Linval Joseph still has his moments, as does Justin Jones (who had a great takedown). Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nick Canepa’s Chargers report card: at Raiders," 17 Dec. 2020 That’s where the traveling takedown project was born. Beka Garris, Outdoor Life, "This Recurve Bow Is Hunting Its Way Across the Country, and Keeping the Spirit of Fred Bear Alive," 16 Dec. 2020 Upon a takedown notice by the Recording Industry Association of America, Github removed source code for youtube-dl, but then on Nov. 16, Github turned heads by restoring youtube-dl after EFF gave its opinion about the technology at hand. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Stream-Ripping Is Next Frontier for Piracy Wars," 7 Dec. 2020 The singer-songwriter shares a laser sharp takedown of the patriarchy, offering up a poetic critique of society's deep history of misogyny and homophobia. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know: Use Your Words," 20 Nov. 2020 Despite the accurate takedown of Nikola, however, short sellers still aren't popular on Wall Street. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why betting against Tesla was the ‘widow-maker trade of 2020’," 9 Dec. 2020 However, the takedown was negated because Street was incorrectly ruled to have to come down on Brees with his full body weight. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers get sloppy after sensational start in 27-13 loss to Saints," 15 Nov. 2020 The takedown affected at least seven pages with more than 2.45 million followers combined, according to Avaaz, an activist group that flagged the network to Facebook on Friday. Brian Fung And Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Misinformation channels claim Biden is no longer President-elect. That's not true.," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since Triller relies on access to a catalog of popular music, the seemingly inevitable path of least resistance (and least takedown notices and lawsuits) will be making deals. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "TikTok Competitor Triller Will Solidify IPO Plans Before End of Year," 18 Dec. 2020 Some Discogs record slingers posed as label owners and sent fake takedown notices to manufacture scarcity. Catherine Sinow, Ars Technica, "How old, ambient Japanese music became a smash hit on YouTube," 26 Nov. 2020 The areas forward of most takedown levers serve as a place to rest your support hand thumb and can act as a gas pedal. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "The 9 Best Aftermarket Modifications for Your Concealed Carry Pistol," 8 Oct. 2020 Parker Higgins, with the Freedom of the Press Foundation, dug into the takedown claim in a twitter thread. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "GitHub boots popular YouTube download tool after RIAA claim," 26 Oct. 2020 In that incident, a man with multiple felony warrants attempted to run from a house to escape police and Arn used a takedown move to get the man into custody, police records state. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Investigation continues into Elmwood Place officer-involved shooting," 23 Oct. 2020 In some cases, that even means threatening YouTube takedown notices for spoilers posted by players after a game's actual launch. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sony says major The Last of Us Part 2 leak didn’t come from employee [Updated]," 1 May 2020 Shutterstock regularly receives takedown notices from more than 20 countries, not including requests related to intellectual property, spokeswoman Hughes said. David Ingram, NBC News, "Chinese censorship or 'work elsewhere': Inside Shutterstock's free-speech rebellion," 27 Feb. 2020 After the levee broke, The Pokémon Company submitted takedown request after takedown request, but Gigantamax Machamp was uncontainable. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Nintendo Cracks Down After High-Profile Leaks," 25 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was something endearing about this dainty slip of a woman with a Donna Reed haircut that had enough strength to lift a sledgehammer above her head and take down four men. Esther Mollica, Wired, "Postapocalyptic Video Games Saved Me From Pandemic Despair," 12 Jan. 2021 It’s well balanced, lightweight, and will take down deer at any reasonable distance. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The 6.5 Creedmoor Lover’s (and Hater’s) Gift Guide," 21 Dec. 2020 The contestant in this event is called a bulldogger, and his goal is to catch and take down a steer that is given a head start. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Everything you need to know about the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo," 2 Dec. 2020 World of Warcraft is meant to be enjoyed together, with players from around the world forming groups to delve into dungeons and take down fearsome enemies. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "What Blizzard learned by making a hit video game from home," 24 Nov. 2020 Enthusiasts make online videos showing people using them to obliterate game and take down trees. Washington Post, "The sniper rifles flowing to Mexican cartels show a decade of U.S. failure," 19 Nov. 2020 Tulsa faces Cincinnati during its regular-season finale and could take down one more team to earn a spot in the AAC championship game. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Notre Dame avoids letdown; Wisconsin shows no rust | College football report," 16 Nov. 2020 The remaining three involved what Leonas called an open hand take down. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Lincolnshire police chief lays out department’s policies and procedures to village trustees, called officers ‘ambassador to the community’," 7 Nov. 2020 The company continues to find and take down foreign interference campaigns, including three Russian disinformation networks as recently as two weeks ago. Mike Isaac, New York Times, "Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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“Takedown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takedown. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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