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

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 Twitter users who shared the leak were quickly slapped with a copyright takedown. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Namajunas kept up the same tactics for the fifth round, finishing the fight with a takedown of her own in the closing seconds. John Marshall, ajc, 8 May 2022 Down 3-1 heading into the third period, Caffey roared back and capped off his win with a takedown with 11 seconds remaining by snatching Brockman’s leg and slamming him to take the win. Eli Mckown, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2022 Hughes rallied back to tie the match at 5-5 with a takedown in the third. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 Teemer then won with a takedown with 54 seconds left in the overtime. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2022 Cummings, starting on the bottom, got an early escape to go up 1-0 and followed it up with a takedown to make it 3-0. Steve Millar, chicagotribune.com, 21 Feb. 2022 Watt tied it with a second-quarter takedown of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley in the regular-season finale. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 Luke Musgrave with a takedown and was called for it. oregonlive, 30 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bungie continued: In other words, as far as YouTube is concerned, any person, anywhere in the world, can issue takedown notices on behalf of any rights holder, anywhere. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2022 However, Sapp was stunned by Lloyd in overtime, 6-4, with a takedown 29 seconds into the extra session. cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 So here’s what happened at the most basic level: Early on [in the podcast’s run], her UK publisher had sent a takedown notice to Apple and Spotify. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 23 Nov. 2021 As YouTubecore arose, labels sent him takedown notices. Catherine Sinow, Ars Technica, 26 Nov. 2020 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, 18 Dec. 2020 Some Discogs record slingers posed as label owners and sent fake takedown notices to manufacture scarcity. Catherine Sinow, Ars Technica, 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, 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, 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And that is going to take down some of the pricing pressure. ABC News, 21 Nov. 2021 In the past few days, Amazon, for one, has started to take down at least some of those items. Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 In a pretty wild live-event yesterday, Dr. Slone used players to take down the Mothership, but her plan to destroy Kevin the Cube fell through. Erik Kain, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Twenty years ago, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and used them to take down New York’s World Trade Center towers and crash into the Pentagon. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 LinkedIn received 42 requests from Chinese authorities last year to take down content, the most the company received from any country, according to its semiannual transparency reports. Liza Lin, WSJ, 22 June 2021 If told to take down more content, algorithms won’t think twice about it. Evelyn Douek, Wired, 2 June 2021 News outlets in Florida may soon be able to sue Facebook and Twitter if the social media companies take down their content. New York Times, 14 May 2021 In its first rulings, the panel overturned four out of five decisions by the social network to take down questionable content. Barbara Ortutay, chicagotribune.com, 3 May 2021 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Takedown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takedown. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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