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

Star laughed, pulled out a real ketchup bottle and cheerfully coated the takeout hot dog. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hot dog! 100 years of wieners at Hot Dog Heaven in Fort Lauderdale and Arbetter’s in Miami," 2 July 2019 Their island traditions—takeout from Susie’s Snack Bar at the end of Straight Wharf, beach afternoons at Ram Pasture—are set against a backdrop of national change: civil rights marches, anti-war protests, Woodstock, and the Apollo 11 moon landing. National Geographic, "12 travel books you won’t be able to put down this summer," 28 June 2019 Collier said Peace Love & Little Donuts in Strongsville will be mostly be a takeout business. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Peace Love & Little Donuts to open store in Crossroads Market Plaza in Strongsville," 24 June 2019 Kitsune, a takeout window attached to Kombu Sushi, is open every Tuesday and Saturday in Silver Lake. Hadley Tomicki, latimes.com, "Tacos 1986 opens in DTLA; Goat Mafia drops in on Echo Park," 24 June 2019 Grocery Wars Amazon is preparing to close its takeout delivery service, Amazon Restaurants, in order to focus more on getting groceries to your doorstep. New York Times, "The Week in Business: Oil Tankers Are Under Attack, and the Grocery-Delivery Battle Heats Up," 15 June 2019 The welcome at check-in takes place in the main building, which includes two restaurants, bars and a cafe with takeout coffee, pastries and snacks. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: It’s always inn season at Rancho Bernardo," 14 June 2019 After all, rain or shine, summer is takeout season in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Add these new(ish) Anchorage food trucks to your rotation this summer," 6 June 2019 The space is of particular interest in Japan right now because takeout food will be exempt from a sales tax rise due to take effect later this year. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Line announces social credit scores, a Google Duplex competitor, and much more," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Grandchildren, nieces and nephews let themselves into her house to pick up mail or take out her trash. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 The men got out of their vehicles and one of them took out a firearm, Turner said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Road rager shoots into car, ignites fireworks; 2 children severely burned," 5 July 2019 In low-income scenarios, people have bigger problems than cockroaches or taking out their trash each day, typically. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Researchers tried (and failed) to kill cockroaches for six months: 'We thought something was going to work'," 2 July 2019 Hello Alfred provides ongoing services such as putting away groceries, taking out the trash and picking up packages, as well as services for a fee such as dog-walking. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Grocery delivery. Valet trash pickup. Dog walking. These aren’t your grandparents’ rental apartments.," 27 June 2019 The Tigers have already eliminated two ACC teams this postseason, and can take out a third today. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "College World Series updates: Auburn vs. Louisville," 18 June 2019 The race finishes in dramatic fashion, with Jimmy Johnson crashing into Martin Truex Jr. on the last chicane of the last lap, taking out both cars and allowing Ryan Blaney to steal the win. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lug Nuts, Fried Bologna, and the Loudest Thrill in Sports," 7 June 2019 His most dramatic mission found him at a lecture in Switzerland and armed with a cyanide capsule and a pistol to take out a speaker who had a potential link to Germany. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Filmmaker Aviva Kempner on the making of a doc about ballplayer-turned-spy Moe Berg," 19 June 2019 The money will erase debts accumulated by 647 former ITT students who took out private loans to fund their education from Student CU Connect, according to a Monday statement from the state DOJ. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's former ITT students will get $5.8 million in debt relief," 17 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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