takeoff

or take-off

[ teyk-awf, -of ]
/ ˈteɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

a taking or setting off; the leaving of the ground, as in leaping or in beginning a flight in an airplane.
a taking off from a starting point, as in beginning a race.
the place or point at which a person or thing takes off.
a humorous or satirical imitation; burlesque.
Machinery. a shaft geared to a main shaft for running auxiliary machinery.
a branch connection to a pipe, electric line, etc.

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Origin of takeoff

First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase take off

Definition for take off (2 of 2)

Origin of take

before 1100; Middle English taken to take, strike, lay hold of, grasp, late Old English tacan to grasp, touch < Old Norse taka to take; cognate with Middle Dutch taken to grasp, Gothic tekan to touch

synonym study for take

1. See bring.

OTHER WORDS FROM take

tak·a·ble, take·a·ble, adjectivetak·er, nounun·tak·a·ble, adjectiveun·take·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH take

bring take (see synonym study at bring)
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British Dictionary definitions for take off (1 of 3)

take off

verb (adverb)

noun takeoff

British Dictionary definitions for take off (2 of 3)

take1
/ (teɪk) /

verb takes, taking, took or taken (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of take

takable or takeable, adjective

Word Origin for take

Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; related to Gothic tekan to touch

British Dictionary definitions for take off (3 of 3)

take2
/ (ˈtɑːkɪ) /

noun

NZ a topic or cause

Word Origin for take

Māori
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Idioms and Phrases with take off (1 of 2)

take off

1

Remove, as in Take off your coat and stay for a while, or I took my foot off the brake. [c. 1300]

2

Deduct, decrease, as in He took 20 percent off the original price, or I want you to trim my hair, but please don't take off too much. [c. 1700]

3

Carry or take away, as in The passengers were taken off one by one. [Late 1800s]

4

Also, take oneself off. Leave, go away, as in I'm taking off now, or We take ourselves off for China next month, or, as an imperative, Take yourself off right now! [First half of 1800s]

5

Move forward quickly, as in The dog took off after the car.

6

Become well known or popular, or achieve sudden growth, as in That actor's career has really taken off, or Sales took off around the holidays. [Mid-1900s]

7

Rise in flight, as in The airplane took off on time. [Mid-1800s]

8

Discontinue, as in The railroad took off the commuter special. [Mid-1700s]

9

Imitate humorously or satirically, as in He had a way of taking off the governor that made us howl with laughter. [Mid-1700s]

10

Withhold service, as in I'm taking off from work today because of the funeral. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with take off (2 of 2)

take

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