take·​out | \ˈtāk-ˌau̇t \

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 \

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


Definition of take out (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : deduct, separate

(2) : exclude, omit

(3) : withdraw, withhold

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

The top-of-the-line Ozaki, aged longer and from a single farm, outshines the others for richness and flavor and comes in a trim wooden gift box (reusable!) for takeout. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Restaurant Bets You’ll Pay $180 for a Sandwich (Fries Included)," 25 June 2018 The baaree also will have quick options for takeout at lunch. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The baaree, the beer garden at the Cheel restaurant in Thiensville, opens June 29," 7 June 2018 There are a few seats in the window, but overall HR is meant for takeout. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Hummus options keep spreading | Let's Eat," 6 June 2018 Pompano Beach last year began requiring all city vendors and food providers at city events to avoid putting takeout food in plastic foam clamshells. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Companies, municipalities crack down on plastics," 15 June 2018 And more recently, the auto giant joined with Postmates to see how people ordering takeout food would interact with an autonomous delivery van. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s ‘self-driving’ vans are now delivering food in Miami," 11 June 2018 The model and the small menu are conducive to takeout, which produces more than half of the revenue at this location. New York Times, "San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work.," 25 June 2018 Puglisi makes this destination feel like a neighborhood spot as locals often stop for takeout (pro hotel tip!). Bon Appetit, "Manfreds," 18 June 2018 Diners bring home leftovers in white takeout boxes, which aren’t a thing in China. Liza Lin, WSJ, "P.F. Chang’s Brings Sort-of Chinese Food to China," 12 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other students, determined not to let the opportunity to work on the Hill slip away, stretch themselves thin, taking out loans and working 70-hour weeks at second jobs to make ends meet. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Fighting Privilege: The Senate Finally Wants to Pay Its Interns," 28 June 2018 Freeman, 20, put the rolling papers and marijuana in his pocket and, in front of three officers, took out a bag of cocaine and began to sprinkle the power on Officer Ryan Caulfield’s head, The Tennessean reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man arrested after sprinkling cocaine on officer's head, police say," 27 June 2018 The caseworker takes out adoption paperwork and begins asking the girl questions about her likes and dislikes, many of which Harrison already knows but wants to confirm. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 The shooter put the gun on the counter, took out the magazine and told the employees to call 911. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Short argument sparks fatal shooting at Independence gas station, owner says," 24 June 2018 DuCre claims a fake car loan was taken out in his name and wasn't paid, hurting his credit score. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Credit union worker accused of stealing from cops now faces foreclosure," 6 June 2018 The man then took out a large military-style knife and threatened the deputies, the Sheriff's Office said. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Knife-wielding man fatally shot by Elmore County deputies | Idaho Statesman," 25 May 2018 Police said that's when the man took out a knife and stabbed the suspected robber in his shoulder, causing a superficial wound. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Scottsdale stabbing victim was knifed by man he tried to rob, police say," 9 May 2018 Syharath then reached into the car, took out a bucket of putty, and ran across the street to the under-renovation home with the crowbar and bucket, according to the court documents. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Man shot by Hillsboro cop claimed he didn't mean to harm police; said he'd been using drugs," 7 May 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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