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

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 Earlier in the pandemic, business was limping along with limited indoor dining and a modicum of takeout. Larissa Zimberoff, Wired, "How Restaurants Retooled for Takeout—and Survival," 17 Dec. 2020 Unsurprisingly when much of the country was on lockdown, coping (while also supporting local restaurants that were facing closure) came in the form of takeout. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly What to Tip Your Food Delivery Driver," 17 Dec. 2020 In Los Angeles County, a surging number of cases prompted public health officials on Sunday to call for a suspension of outdoor dining, leaving restaurants with the option of only takeout and delivery. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge says no to letting San Diego County restaurants, gyms reopen indoors amid rise in coronavirus cases," 23 Nov. 2020 Still, the over-the-top feeling of the takeout here is very on-brand for the restaurant. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "House of Prime Rib's beefy feasts are still a splurge-worthy event as takeout," 12 Nov. 2020 Removing the tray from a bag of takeout is like discovering a chocolate sampler. Washington Post, "Shibuya Eatery lives up to its name, bringing Tokyo street food to Adams Morgan," 30 Oct. 2020 Restaurants have gone through several survival phases since mid-March, from the early days of takeout-only and selling grocery staples to generate more income to the middle days of cocktails to-go and limited indoor dining. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "The new trends in San Antonio’s restaurant dining scene as its been impacted by coronavirus pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 To the chef, that means a menu full of fresh takes on old favorites, perfected for this new era of takeout and delivery. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "My Perfect Nice Day Order Includes, Uh, One of Everything," 19 Oct. 2020 With the launch of takeout, Hell’s Kitchen is looking at adding its own delivery service within the next month. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Get your bloody Mary bar to go: Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis returns with takeout brunch," 7 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The criminal charges against the driver of the car, then a Cleveland High student, is what prompted the Kinney family to take out a loan against their North Mississippi home, which had been paid off. oregonlive, "The death of Fred Goetz still reverberates," 9 Dec. 2020 During the trip, Serrano and her kids take out their notebooks and pass them to the person on their left while her husband drives. Maressa Brown, SELF, "8 Games to Play During Future Road Trips," 30 Nov. 2020 One woman had a stain running around the walls from sewage that had flooded her house; another had been forced to take out a loan to remove her carpet. Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, "The Heavy Toll of the Black Belt’s Wastewater Crisis," 23 Nov. 2020 More than 86 percent of Black students take out federal loans to attend four-year institutions compared to about 60 percent of white students, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. NBC News, "Biden is under pressure to forgive student debt. Here's why it's a racial issue.," 20 Nov. 2020 No serious consideration given to preemptive Iran strike, official says There was no serious consideration given to launching a preemptive strike to take out Iran's missiles before they were launched, according to a Defense official. Haley Ott, CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 It is complicated by the obvious political perceptions of unfairness: People who already paid off their debts, people who never took out debt in the first place, and people who will take out debt in the future all have a potential complaint. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Taylor: Past attempts at forgiving student loans have fallen short," 16 Dec. 2020 The Espro, though, has a two-filter system to take out even the finest of dregs—it’s French press coffee without the silt. Edmund Torr, Popular Science, "Best coffee maker: Five things to consider," 12 Dec. 2020 But the nice thing about Beyti’s menu is that much of it makes for stellar take out. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Beyti Mediterranean Grill offers Turkish delights in Casselberry," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Takeout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeout. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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