take·​out | \ ˈtāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce takeout (audio) \

Definition of takeout

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : prepared food packaged to be consumed away from its place of sale
b : an establishment selling takeout
2 : the action or an act of taking out
3a : something taken out or prepared to be taken out
b(1) : an article (as in a newspaper) printed on consecutive pages so as to be conveniently removed
(2) : an intensive study or report


\ ˈtāk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce take-out (audio) \

Definition of take-out (Entry 2 of 3)

: of, relating to, selling, or being food not to be consumed on the premises take-out counter a take-out supper

take out

took out; taken out; taking out; takes out

Definition of take out (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : deduct, separate
(2) : exclude, omit
b : to find release for : vent take out their resentments on one another— J. W. Aldridge
c(1) : eliminate
(2) : kill, destroy
(3) : knock out
2a : to obtain from the proper authority take out a charter take out a second mortgage
b : to arrange for (insurance)
3 : to take as an equivalent in another form took the debt out in trade
4 : to overcall (a bridge partner) in a different suit

intransitive verb

: to start on a course : set out
take it out on
: to expend anger, vexation, or frustration in harassment of

Synonyms & Antonyms for takeout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of takeout in a Sentence

Noun We ordered some Chinese takeout. She works in a Chinese takeout. Verb he took out his frustrations by splitting a cord of firewood she'd like to take the new boy out to the movies sometime
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At certain points, government regulations allowed only takeout or delivery food orders. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, 9 Jan. 2022 Fallous has also seen more customers putting in takeout or delivery orders. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 1 Jan. 2022 In 2020, while dealing with the restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant offered full delivery and takeout service seven days a week in addition to curb-side pickup and take-and-bake menu. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 Dec. 2021 When the year began, restaurants in Texas were handcuffed to the pandemic, their dining room capacity limited by law, their livelihoods a patchwork of takeout, delivery and magical thinking. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Dec. 2021 The restaurant noted on Instagram that Omicron was the reason for the closure and offered a limited interim takeout menu in lieu of in-person dining. Dan Carson, Chron, 22 Dec. 2021 After a decade of selling espresso out of a takeout-only, pint-size coffee shop in the Mission, Grand Coffee is opening a second, larger cafe down the street. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Dec. 2021 Restaurants are being forced to reduce hours of operation or offer takeout only due to staffing shortages. Andrew Mcleod, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Most have lunch dishes as well as breakfast plates, and all offer takeout in addition to in-person dining. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Without the cash cushion an emergency fund provides, you may be forced to use a credit card or take out a loan or cash out of a retirement fund. Gregory Ostrowski, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Winds even away from storms could knock down trees, send holiday decorations flying and take out power. Leigh Morgan, al, 10 Dec. 2021 Danny and Deshawn decided not to turn on Shan, but to do the next closest thing and take out her day-one ally, Ricard. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 25 Nov. 2021 Later they were rebranded as the nervous system’s janitorial staff, as they were found to feed neurons, clean up their waste and take out their dead. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Oh, and Druig (Barry Keoghan) can take out opponents by simply taking over their brains. Dan Lybarger, Arkansas Online, 5 Nov. 2021 The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Solo, Iowa, can overpower defensive tackles at the line of scrimmage and use his mobility to pull and seal edges or get down field and take out linebackers and defensive backs. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Oct. 2021 But the Chinese also noted what the Russians did in the annexation of Crimea, put these little green men, people without uniforms, and use cyber-hacking and take out critical infrastructure. ABC News, 24 Oct. 2021 All items are placed in over-sized take out containers saving everyone time. Linda Chase, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of takeout


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1941, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

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11 Jan 2022

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of takeout

: food that is cooked in a restaurant and taken by a customer to be eaten in another place
: a restaurant that sells takeout

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