take·​down | \ ˈtāk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio) \

Definition of takedown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the action or an act of taking down
2 : something (such as a rifle) having takedown construction


take·​down | \ ˈtāk-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce takedown (audio) \

Definition of takedown (Entry 2 of 3)

: constructed so as to be readily taken apart a takedown rifle

take down

took down; taken down; taking down; takes down

Definition of take down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to lower without removing took down his pants
2a : to pull to pieces take down a building
b : disassemble take a rifle down
3 : to lower the spirit or vanity of
4a : to write down took down some notes
b : to record by mechanical means

intransitive verb

: to become seized or attacked especially by illness

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Examples of takedown in a Sentence

Verb there's no need to take us down by making fun of our clothes electricians will take down all the lights for the set after the play has finished its run
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And kids today could use a good, old-fashioned Julia Sugarbaker takedown. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 5 best episodes of 'Designing Women,' in honor of its arrival on Hulu," 26 Aug. 2019 Gerry Walsh Redondo Beach :: Mary McNamara sees, and derides, all the touches in the film that reveal Tarantino’s clever, satirical, even nasty takedown of Tinseltown nostalgia. Los Angeles Times, "Calendar Feedback: Seeing ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ in all the wrong ways," 9 Aug. 2019 For Twitch streamers, a copyright claim means a stream takedown, which in turn means a suspension and then a channel strike. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Twitch handed out 24-hour suspensions after last night’s Democratic debates," 1 Aug. 2019 The May takedown of the GozNym crime group, for example, involved a coordinated operation of six different countries. Will Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Companies get off too easy with data breaches. Bigger fines are a good place to start," 31 July 2019 Not so Thursday night, which included Sen. Kamala Harris getting personal in an astonishing takedown of former Vice President Joe Biden over his record on (and her personal experience with) busing and, by extension, race. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Kamala Harris was great, Joe Biden wasn't and the second Democratic debate was nuts (in a good way)," 27 June 2019 But voters seem to be drawn to candidates like Warren and Sanders, who offer more pointed presidential takedowns, or even to Joe Biden, who is openly dismissive of Trump as an aberration. Dara Lind, Vox, "Julián Castro’s 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained," 26 June 2019 But the tech companies have differing policies on takedowns, and most don’t require that uploaded videos must be true. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 But the tech companies have differing policies on takedowns, and most don't require that uploaded videos must be true. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Volkanovski gets a takedown 30 seconds in and goes right back to work. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy live round-by-round coverage," 11 Feb. 2018 The Wayback Machine generally adheres to the standards of the Oakland Archive Policy, a template for the use of librarians and archivists in evaluating takedown requests developed at UC Berkeley and first published in 2002. Maria Bustillos, Longreads, "The Internet Isn’t Forever," 20 Feb. 2018 Volkanovski gets a takedown 30 seconds in and goes right back to work. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy live round-by-round coverage," 11 Feb. 2018 The five publishers will be sending takedown notices, according to the group. Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Science | AAAS, "Publishers take ResearchGate to court, alleging massive copyright infringement," 6 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the force of this critique was lessened by the fact that Castro had already demonstrated his intention to take down the front-runner by any means necessary, including openly questioning his mental faculties. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden at the Third Democratic Debate: the Good, the Bad, and the Record Player," 13 Sep. 2019 The move to take down the site is one of a number of findings in a review of how Evers handled public records requests by the conservative legal group Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, which has challenged Evers in court for years. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Evers administration scraps website tracking how state officials respond to requests for public information," 9 Sep. 2019 Young led the way, but nose Robert Landers, linebacker Malik Harrison and Jashon Cornell — who shifted from tackle to end in place of absent starter Jonathan Cooper — also took down Owls quarterback Chris Robison. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State must build on defensive start from 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2019 While bows are not listed, many Facebook sellers have complained in online forums about having posts for bows taken down, resulting in dozens of cheap bow cases being sold for hundreds of dollars on the site. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Covert Facebook gun sales in the Southeast present new problems for law enforcement," 30 Aug. 2019 But the Wilsons’ relationship to the Tethered — an oppressed class of people taking down their more fortunate doubles — complicates the audience’s allegiance. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "I Know Where You Lived Last Summer," 29 Aug. 2019 In the midst of a breakdown, Tyler drafted a plan to take down his enemies at the Spring Fling with a school shooting. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Everything to Know About 13 Reasons Why Before Binge-Watching Season 3," 23 Aug. 2019 At this time herbicides will also get taken down into the roots to help kill the dandelion. oregonlive.com, "Can household vinegar kill dandelions? Ask an expert," 17 Aug. 2019 Grizzlies will also take down bison calves, as shown in a segment of the show using an infrared camera to film at night. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "The most bizarre things grizzly bears eat, from elk to moths," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of takedown


1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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Financial Definition of takedown

What It Is

The takedown is the price that an underwriter pays for a new issue.

How It Works

When a company decides it wants to issue stock, bonds or other publicly traded securities, it hires an underwriter to manage what is a long and sometimes complicated process.

To begin the offering process, the underwriter and the issuer first determine the kind of offering the issuer needs. Let's say Company XYZ wants to sell shares via an initial public offering (IPO). After determining the offering structure, the underwriter usually assembles what is called a syndicate to get help managing the minutiae (and risk) of particularly large offerings. A syndicate is a group of other investment banks and brokerage firms that commit to sell a certain percentage of the offering (this is called a guaranteed offering because the underwriters agree to pay the issuer for 100% of the shares, even if they can’t sell them all).

After the syndicate is assembled, the issuer files an SEC Form S-1, which is also called a prospectus and discloses all material information about the issuer. Prospectus in hand, the underwriter then sets to selling the securities. Because there may not be a firm offering price at the time, purchasers usually subscribe for a certain number of shares. This process lets the underwriter gauge the demand for the offering.

Once the issuer and the underwriter agree on how to price the securities and the SEC has made the registration statement effective, the underwriter calls the subscribers to confirm their orders. If the demand is particularly high, the underwriter and issuer might raise the price and reconfirm this with all the subscribers.

Once the underwriter is sure it will sell all of the shares in the offering, it closes the offering. Then it purchases all the shares from the company (if the offering is a guaranteed offering). This purchase price is called the takedown. The issuer receives the proceeds minus the underwriting fees.

The underwriters then sell the shares to the subscribers at the offering price.

Why It Matters

The takedown price is like a wholesale price. It is important to note that although the underwriter influences the initial market price of the securities, once the subscribers begin selling, the free-market forces of supply and demand dictate the price.

Underwriters grease the skids for bringing securities to market. For example, if XYZ Company shares had a public offering price of $10 per share, XYZ Company might only receive $9 per share if the takedown is $9 per share. The $1 spread compensates the underwriter and syndicate for three things: negotiating and managing the offering; assuming the risk of buying the securities if nobody else will; and managing the sale of the shares. Making a market in the securities also generates commission revenue for underwriters.

As we mentioned earlier, underwriters take on considerable risk. Not only must they advise a client about matters large and small throughout the process, they relieve the issuer of the risk of trying to sell all the shares at the offer price. Underwriters often mitigate this risk by forming a syndicate whose members each share a portion of the shares in return for a portion of the fee.

Underwriters work hard to determine the "right" price for an offering, but sometimes they "leave money on the table." For example, if XYZ Company prices its 10-million-share IPO at $10 per share but the shares trade at $30 two days after the IPO, the underwriter probably underestimated the demand for the issue. As a result, XYZ Company received $150 million (less underwriting fees) when it could have possibly fetched $300 million.

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