Definition of takeoff
1 : an imitation especially in the way of caricature
2a : a spot at which one takes offb : a starting point : point of departure
3a : 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 rocketb : an action of starting outc : a rapid rise in activity, growth, or popularity <an economic takeoff>
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
Please remain seated during takeoff.
Air Force One, you're ready for takeoff.
All the high jumpers had flawless takeoffs.
First Known Use of takeoff
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
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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