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

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 Her shop in Westmont has since evolved into a takeout/eat-in restaurant, gallery, performance venue and community space — as well as a key ingredient in Haddon Avenue’s revival. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Not just another java joint, Westmont's Espressit is up for sale," 2 July 2018 Even millennials, known for their foodie tastes, are embracing frozen meals, which are convenient and less expensive than takeout. Fortune, "Chef Boyardee and Birds Eye Are Getting Together in a $8.1 Billion Merger Between Conagra and Pinnacle Foods," 27 June 2018 The idea is simple—Meituan wants to get takeout-ordering users to use its app for other stuff. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Meituan IPO Comes With a Tasty Valuation," 25 June 2018 Some, the betting interests, say the fairs have too high a takeout compared with Golden Gate. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! People still love the fairs," 21 June 2018 Today's featured beer: Green Zebra Gose Style Ale plus bottles of KBS (no takeouts). Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Beer calendar: Great Lakes tap specials, police benefit at Platform, more," 14 May 2018 On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a report about Miller throwing away an $80 sushi takeout order recently after he was cursed out by one of the restaurant staffers. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "California congressman Ted Lieu gets some appreciation — and free dessert," 10 July 2018 Behind the counter, staffers grill ears of corn and line up bags for takeout orders. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Southern spirit at Soleil in Dudley Square," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An electric train set taken out of Germany by Jews fleeing the Holocaust. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 For the upcoming fiscal year, the $2.4 million the sheriff needs will be taken out of state and county reserve funds, according to Gioia. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Honduran woman deported from Contra Costa jail is glad to hear ICE is getting booted," 12 July 2018 Here’s another for a young father with three school-age kids and a passion for road racing; he was taken out by a sunburned drunk driver with half a 32-pack of domestic swill in her system. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 The trucks were taken out of service for bad brakes, worn tires and other safety violations. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "How safe is that 18-wheeler you just passed on the highway? You might be surprised," 9 July 2018 The first four boys were taken out of the cave by divers on Sunday. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers bring 4 more Thai boys out of flooded cave," 9 July 2018 This would get taken out of context, just like a Tony Parker quote that clearly was intended as encouragement. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In Spurs’ saga, explanations remain elusive," 4 July 2018 Loesch, however, says the video, which was tweeted by writer and civil rights activist Shaun King, was taken out of context. Chris Morris, Fortune, "After Capital Gazette Shooting, Video Surfaces of NRA Spokesperson Seemingly Saying Journalists Need to be 'Curbed Stomped'," 29 June 2018 He was taken out at the end of the inning after being further examined by Donohue and was found to have a concussion. New York Times, "A Hard Collision, but No Concussion Check, for Yankees’ Brett Gardner," 27 June 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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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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