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.
  3. Informal. a store, restaurant, or counter specializing in preparing food meant to be carried out for consumption elsewhere.
  4. a section, as of a magazine, that may be removed intact, usually consisting of a story, article, or set of illustrations.
  5. 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).
  6. Cards.
    1. Bridge.a bid in a suit or denomination different from the one bid by one’s partner.
    2. 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.

adj.in reference to food prepared at a restaurant but not eaten there, 1941, from take (v.) + out. British equivalent takeaway is recorded from 1964.

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