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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for takeout

Synonyms: Verb

loose, release, unleash, vent

Antonyms: Verb

bottle (up), repress, suppress

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Examples of takeout in a Sentence


We ordered some Chinese takeout. She works in a Chinese takeout.


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

Between Me and My Mind also hinted at the question of when, if ever, Phish will retire—perhaps return my husband to me for cozy New Year's Eves at home, with champagne and takeout, like regular people? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Between Me and My Mind," 29 Apr. 2019 Raymond James estimates the total takeout market in the U.S. will reach $269 billion this year, with online penetration rates rising from under 7% last year to... Laura Forman, WSJ, "Uber Shows Why Food-Delivery Business Is No Cheap Date," 17 Apr. 2019 The former judge, a member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s party, ran on promises to crack down on crime, including by using sharpshooters to takeout suspects carrying automatic weapons. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 The ban included plastic takeout containers, which were littering the tundra. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Somebody’s got to do it.’ Anchorage Assembly members consider banning plastic shopping bags," 8 July 2018 Skip takeout tonight, and whip up this super-fast and healthy one pan supper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Vegetarian Fried Rice," 15 Feb. 2019 Home in on the areas that matter to you (my 2019 goal is to waste less money on takeout), and work on those goals. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Only Money Hacks You Need to Save Big in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 The team spread mats on the floors of their hotel rooms and spent up to 17 hours each day putting the machines together, pausing only for takeout meals ordered by the native Chinese speakers on the team. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW students and their attack robots hit bumps in China — then a hotel hair dryer saved the day," 17 Aug. 2018 Secondly, there's no littering allowed; no candy wrappers, no takeout bags, no coffee cups, and so on. Meagan Morrison, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Common Mistakes Travelers Make in Singapore," 1 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His older brother migrated to the U.S. four years ago and has made a decent living working as a cook in Maryland, so Heder took out a string of loans and paid a smuggler $11,000 to guide him to the waiting house near the U.S. border. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 With up to 22 missiles on the F-15X, this combination could take out a lot of enemy aircraft before running out of ammunition. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Is Buying New F-15s After All," 19 Feb. 2019 Then, take out the ponytail (from step 2) and tie all your hair together with an elastic band. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "6 Super Cute Ways to Style Your Box Braids," 4 Feb. 2019 But don’t just take out word for it; scroll down for the most viral moments from the 2019 Golden Globes that everyone will be sharing. Vogue, "These Were the 2019 Golden Globes Most Viral Moments," 7 Jan. 2019 According to The Guardian, Agustin Gomez took out a large loan in order to make the trip north to the U.S. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "8-Year-Old Felipe Gomez Alonzo's Family and Community Is Mourning His Death in Border Patrol Custody," 2 Jan. 2019 Beyond hacking, YouTube creators including Mr. Beast and Team 10 member Justin Roberts have taken out Times Square billboards and purchased signage around the US asking people to subscribe to PewDiePie. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "First printers, now the Wall Street Journal," 17 Dec. 2018 Death Eaters take out key structural supports, causing the bridge to gallop and twist, and the resulting feedback loop gets so strong that a center portion of the bridge collapses. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New study sheds more light on what caused Millennium Bridge to wobble," 30 Oct. 2018 Months after the first loan, Trump took out another one for $300 million to build a condominium, Trump World Tower, facing the United Nations. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The thinly-sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son," 12 July 2018

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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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The first known use of takeout was in the 13th century

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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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