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: of, relating to, or providing food or beverages consumed away from their place of sale : take-out
a to-go order
to-go boxes/containers
This is mostly a take-out joint, and Filipinos in the know trickle in all day for a to-go lunch, dinner or breakfast.Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee

to go

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idiomatic phrase

: still remaining
There are five minutes to go before halftime.
There's only one week to go until election day.
of food and beverages : for consumption away from its place of sale
They ordered their lunches to go.
You stop at the corner for a doughnut and coffee to go.Jay McInerney

Examples of to-go in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Both the Greenwich Village and Bed-Stuy shops have no seating inside and are built for to-go orders. Gary Stern, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 While delivery services and ghost kitchens can certainly boost to-go sales, delivery fees mean significantly lower income per meal for the restaurant — DoorDash charges restaurants up to 30% commission per order. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 The events will also feature a variety of sides and to-go items and $10 Easter baskets for sale. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 14 Feb. 2024 The coffee shop, bakery and restaurant is removing all its table from the first floor to accommodate long lines, to-go orders only. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 13 Feb. 2024 Here are more than 18 places offering dine-in or to-go meals around town just in time for Valentine's Day. The Courier-Journal, 5 Feb. 2024 In the meantime, enjoy indulgent perks like afternoon tea with a mountain view and fondue at Walliser Stube; and pillowy, buttery croissants at the to-go café. Kristine Hansen, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 The proposal is the latest in a series of bills in recent years aimed at loosening Kansas liquor laws and expanding upon pandemic-era regulations that allowed to-go cocktails. Jenna Barackman, Kansas City Star, 2 Feb. 2024 Definite no-no’s: Snooping through the hostess’ medicine cabinet or asking for a to-go plate. Charlottefive Staff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024
Idiomatic phrase
That change allowed four-year officeholders to go three years between elections without public disclosure of their political fundraising. The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 High Wind Warning to go into effect beginning at noon The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a High Wind Warning set to begin at noon on Friday for several parts of Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green. The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 After Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer gave the Sun Devils the lead on a spectacular touchdown run, a pair of controversial pass interference penalties set the Buckeyes up real close to the goal line with a minute to go. Jon Hoefling, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Walton: Even when integration came, the Black kids weren’t so eager to go out to the other schools. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 The Color Purple cast member Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor wanted the film to go further in its portrayal of the book's LGBTQ storyline. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 The increase in home births was particularly steep during the worst of the pandemic, when mothers may have feared contracting Covid-19 in the hospital or didn’t want to go through labor alone due to hospital restrictions. Elizabeth Cohen, STAT, 23 Feb. 2024 These devices may emit carbon dioxide (going back to the earlier tip to make sure your detectors are ready to go). Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 Though previously only available in quart sizes, Publix is now exclusively offering these frozen treats in half-gallon containers so that there’s plenty of ice cream to go around. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1953, in the meaning defined above

Idiomatic Phrase

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of to-go was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“To-go.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

To·​go ˈtō-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce Togo (audio)
republic in western Africa on the Bight of Benin; capital Lomé area 21,925 square miles (56,785 square kilometers), population 8,176,000
Togolese adjective or noun

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Tō·​gō ˈtō-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce Tōgō (audio)
Marquis Heihachirō 1848–1934 Japanese admiral
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