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take out (usually uncountable, plural take outs)

  1. Misspelling of takeout.


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.
    • 2017 February 20, Paul Mason, “Climate scepticism is a far-right badge of honour – even in sweltering Australia”, in the Guardian[1]:
      In France, 27% of voters are currently backing the Front National, a party determined to take the country out of the Paris accord, which it sees as “a communist project”.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., 55 Fifth Avenue, [1933], OCLC 2666860, page 0056:
      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. (colloquial) To win a sporting event, competition, premiership, etc.
  6. (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