take out

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take out (usually uncountable, plural take outs)

  1. Alternative spelling of takeout

Verb[edit]

take out (third-person singular simple present takes out, present participle taking out, simple past took out, past participle taken out)

  1. To remove.
    Please take out the trash before the whole house starts to smell.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, Ch.I:
      Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  2. To escort someone on a date.
    Let me take you out for dinner.
  3. (idiomatic) To immobilize with force.
  4. (slang, idiomatic) To kill or destroy.
  5. (transitive) To obtain by application by a legal or other official process.
    take out a loan;  take out medical insurance;  take out a membership;  take out a patent

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