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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun High winds prevented crews from rolling the spaceship out of the hangar last night, and the takeoff from Spaceport America is now set to begin at about 10:30 a.m. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 Surrounding SpaceShipTwo's takeoff was — in typical Branson fashion -— a high-production party with friends, family, employees and a few VIPs in attendance. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 11 July 2021 The dance, first performed in 1978, is one of the company’s more lighthearted, upbeat works, with witty and absurdist sections for which Mr. York sampled all sorts of rhythms — from Latin mambos to a takeoff of Aaron Copland. New York Times, 13 June 2021 Hupe's team could detect both the takeoff of the rocket and the landing of the first booster. David Bressan, Forbes, 10 June 2021 On Thursday night, a swarm of bugs decided to try to hitch a ride on the plane set to carry dozens of journalists from Washington, D.C. to Europe for President Biden's first foreign trip, delaying takeoff. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 9 June 2021 Registering his first keeper — a 2-12 — 24 minutes after the 5:30 takeoff, Kuphall quickly added four more keepers, including two over 5 pounds. Frank Sargeant, al, 23 May 2021 The helicopter’s Monday flight consisted of takeoff, hover, and landing. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Apr. 2021 Short-takeoff aircraft are expected to have significantly longer range and additional weight-carrying capacity at half the operating costs, though Ausman believes both types of aircraft will have their uses. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About 150 small planes take off and land at the Fishers airport each day, using a single 3,850-foot-long runway. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Apr. 2021 The aircraft will be able to take off and land directly at UPS facilities and can be recharged in about an hour. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 In response, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is planning to have new rules on where drones can take off and land on the coast — and all state parks — next summer. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 American said the aircraft, which are electric and take off and land vertically like helicopters, could zip customers around congested cities to get to and from airports. Alison Sider, WSJ, 10 June 2021 Many rich countries are adjusting their travel rules this month as vaccination rates take off and people clamor for summer holidays. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 9 June 2021 Engineers and entrepreneurs like Mr. Leng have spent more than a decade nurturing this new breed of aircraft, electric vehicles that can take off and land without a runway. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Blue Origin plans for its six-seater spacecraft to take off on July 20 and fly for four minutes beyond the boundary between the earth's atmosphere and outer space, where passengers will experience total weightlessness. NBC News, 7 June 2021 Designed to hunt and destroy US nuclear submarines, it was meant to take off vertically from anywhere -- land, water, sand or ice -- and then fly close to the surface at high speed. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 3 June 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Takeoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeoff. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of takeoff

: 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


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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