He faced the machines and said, "Destroy the vehicle, draw in the camouflage net, prepare for take-off."
Right now, I have to go to the Power Section to prepare for take-off.
Likely the take-off was too complex for one man to handle it.
She had taken a devil of a strain on the take-off, and something was about due to weaken.
Now, tell me exactly why you didn't show up for take-off on Viornis.
We would have got her fairly fast because we were preparing for take-off to Luscious by then.
While we're gone you might clear with the control tower and take us up into take-off position.
You mean you're setting us up as clay pigeons to cover the take-off of the ship.
The officer in charge of the rocket crews and the take-off stand was a young engineer-soldier named Harper.
One crashed on take-off, carrying irreplaceable instruments.
late Old English tacan, from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Old Norse taka "take, grasp, lay hold," past tense tok, past participle tekinn; Swedish ta, past participle tagit), from Proto-Germanic *tækanan (cf. Middle Low German tacken, Middle Dutch taken, Gothic tekan "to touch"), of uncertain origin, perhaps originally meaning "to touch."
Gradually replaced Middle English nimen as the verb for "to take," from Old English niman, from the usual West Germanic *nem- root (cf. German nehmen, Dutch nemen; see nimble). OED calls it "one of the elemental words of the language;" take up alone has 55 varieties of meaning in that dictionary's 2nd print edition. Basic sense is "to lay hold of," which evolved to "accept, receive" (as in take my advice) c.1200; "absorb" (she can take a punch) c.1200; "to choose, select" (take the long way home) late 13c.; "to make, obtain" (take a shower) late 14c.; "to become affected by" (take sick) c.1300.
Take five is 1929, from the approximate time it takes to smoke a cigarette. Take it easy first recorded 1880; take the plunge "act decisively" is from 1876; take the rap "accept (undeserved) punishment" is from 1930. Phrase take it or leave it is recorded from 1897.
1650s, "that which is taken in payment," from take (v.). Sense of "money taken in" by a single performance, etc., is from 1931. Movie-making sense is recorded from 1927. Criminal sense of "money acquired by theft" is from 1888. The verb sense of "to cheat, defraud" is from 1920. On the take "amenable to bribery" is from 1930.
[the third noun sense's dated example refers to a portion of reporter's copy set in type]
: and if it comes to a take-off thing in the street