noun take·off \ ˈtāk-ˌȯf \

Definition of takeoff

1 a :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
3 a :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

Examples of takeoff in a Sentence

  1. Please remain seated during takeoff.

  2. Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff.

  3. All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs.

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First Known Use of takeoff


takeoff Synonyms

blastoff, launch, liftoff
Related Words
Near Antonyms
crash; splashdown

take off


Definition of take off

transitive verb
1 :remove
  • take your shoes off
2 a :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
1 a :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 take off in a Sentence

  1. I can only stay for a few minutes, and then I'll need to take off again.

  2. take off your coat and stay awhile

First Known Use of take off

14th century

take off Synonyms

TAKEOFF Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of takeoff for English Language Learners

  • : the moment when an airplane, helicopter, etc., leaves the ground and begins to fly

  • : the beginning of a jump

  • : a sudden increase in size, activity, or popularity

TAKEOFF Defined for Kids


noun take·off \ ˈtāk-ˌȯf \

Definition of takeoff for Students

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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