or take-out

[ teyk-out ]

  1. the act or fact of taking out.

  2. something made to be taken out, especially food prepared in a store or restaurant to be carried out for consumption elsewhere.

  1. Informal. a store, restaurant, or counter specializing in preparing food meant to be carried out for consumption elsewhere.

  2. a section, as of a magazine, that may be removed intact, usually consisting of a story, article, or set of illustrations.

  3. Also called takedown, takeout loan, takeout mortgage. Finance. a long-term real-estate mortgage arranged for a building the construction of which is financed by an interim short-term loan (construction loan ).

  4. Cards.

    • Bridge. a bid in a suit or denomination different from the one bid by one's partner.

    • Poker. the minimum with which a player can begin.

  1. pertaining to or supplying food and drink to be taken out and consumed elsewhere: the takeout window of a restaurant.

  2. Also takedown. of, relating to, or providing a takeout mortgage: The high-rise developer has found a takeout commitment from a large insurance company.

Origin of takeout

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase take out

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How to use takeout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for take out

take out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to extract or remove

  2. to obtain or secure (a licence, patent, etc) from an authority

  1. to go out with; escort: George is taking Susan out next week

  2. bridge to bid a different suit from (one's partner) in order to rescue him from a difficult contract

  3. slang to kill or destroy

  4. Australian informal to win, esp in sport: he took out the tennis championship

  5. take it out of or take a lot out of informal to sap the energy or vitality of

  6. take out on informal to vent (anger, frustration, etc) on (esp an innocent person)

  7. take someone out of himself informal to make someone forget his anxieties, problems, etc

  1. bridge of or designating a conventional informatory bid, asking one's partner to bid another suit

  2. US and Canadian sold for consumption away from the premises on which it is prepared: a takeout meal

  1. preparing and selling food for consumption away from the premises: a takeout Indian restaurant

nountakeout US and Canadian
  1. a shop or restaurant that sells such food: let's go to the Chinese takeout

  2. a meal bought at such a shop or restaurant: we'll have a takeout tonight to save cooking

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Other Idioms and Phrases with takeout


Extract, remove, as in He should take out that splinter: [c. 1300]

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