take·​off | \ ˈtāk-ˌȯf How to pronounce takeoff (audio) \

Definition of takeoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rise or leap from a surface in making a jump or flight or an ascent in an aircraft or in the launching of a rocket
b : an action of starting out
c : a rapid rise in activity, growth, or popularity an economic takeoff
2 : an imitation especially in the way of caricature
3a : a spot at which one takes off
b : a starting point : point of departure
4 : an action of removing something
5 : a mechanism for transmission of the power of an engine or vehicle to operate some other mechanism

take off

took off; taken off; taking off; takes off

Definition of take off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : remove take your shoes off
2a : to take or allow as a discount : deduct took 10 percent off
b : to spend (a period of time) away from a usual occupation or activity took two weeks off
c : release take the brake off
d : discontinue, withdraw took off the morning train
3 slang : rob

intransitive verb

1a : to start off or away often suddenly : set out, depart took off for her trip
b : to leave the surface : begin flight
c : to spring into wide use or popularity
d(1) : to branch off (as from a main stream or stem)
(2) : to take a point of origin
e : to begin a leap or spring
f : to embark on rapid activity, development, or growth
2 : to take away : detract

Examples of takeoff in a Sentence

Noun Please remain seated during takeoff. Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff. All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs. Verb I can only stay for a few minutes, and then I'll need to take off again. take off your coat and stay awhile
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just over a minute after takeoff, the New Shepard rocket appeared to suffer an engine problem and veer off course, prompting the emergency abort system to kick in. Loren Grush, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 The nurse, Tamara Panzino, was on Spirit Airlines Flight 1691 Thursday night when baby Anjelé suffered a medical emergency about 30 minutes after takeoff, according to Fox affiliate WOFL of Orlando. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2022 The Miracle on The Hudson, occurred at this exact spot, a LaGuardia Takeoff, striking a flock of Canadian geese, a loud bang heard after takeoff. Cantor Glenn Sherman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2022 Assuming an on-time launch, the SLS rocket's upper stage will boost the Orion capsule out of Earth orbit about an hour-a-half after takeoff, sending it on a trajectory to loop around the moon and into a distant orbit. William Harwood, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2022 After takeoff, the private, Bohdan Mazhulenko, who goes by the nickname Raccoon, sits casually on the rim of a trench, as green fields pocked with artillery craters scroll by on his tablet. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 While the reusable booster heads back to landing on a nearby pad, the crew capsule continues upward on an unpowered, ballistic trajectory, reaching a maximum altitude of just above 65 miles three-and-a-half minutes after takeoff. William Harwood, CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 After takeoff, flight WM441 flies in a straight line towards Saba, the island's silhouette visible on the horizon just 24 miles away. Nicola Chilton, CNN, 8 July 2022 The fracas began shortly after takeoff on an American Airlines flight from Seattle, Washington, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 9. Paul Best, Fox News, 1 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Smaller batteries from laptops and other devices aren’t enough input material for the industry to truly take off, analysts say. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Now, professionals in the U.S., including some in Arizona, are advocating for the practice to take off here. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2022 However, with the soaring temperatures of climate change hitting marine life the hardest, there’s the question of what will happen to costs if batteries made from chitosan take off. Miriam Fauzia, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2022 The paddling course will begin shortly after the hikers and bikers take off. The Courier-Journal, 31 Aug. 2022 Ruben Morris, founder and superintendent of Alabama Aerospace & Aviation High School in Bessemer, is ready for his students to take off. The Birmingham Times, al, 20 Aug. 2022 There was the time in May when the Cardinals were playing the San Francisco Giants and Molina picked up how his opponent motioned for the runner on first base to take off as the pitch was delivered. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 During our taxi to take off from LAX to Fiji, someone had a heart attack, and the flight attendants were frantically looking for a doctor. Janay Kingsberry, Washington Post, 2 July 2022 But the reality of the ongoing rate-tightening cycle to address 40-year highs in inflation sunk in a day later to take off the sugar high. Hank Tucker, Forbes, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of takeoff


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for takeoff


take·​off | \ ˈtāk-ˌȯf How to pronounce takeoff (audio) \

Kids Definition of takeoff

1 : an act or instance of leaving the ground (as by an airplane)
2 : an imitation especially to mock the original
3 : a spot at which something leaves the ground

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