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1. verb To remove or extract someone or something from something or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "off." You'll need to take out a few more plates so we'll have enough for all our guests. I'm taking the kids out of school early so we can catch our flight to New York. They're taking my stitches out next week.
2. verb To bring, carry, or remove something to a specific location outside. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." Don't forget to take out the trash tonight, or it won't get picked up until next week. We need to take everything out of the house while it's being fumigated.
3. verb To withdraw money from an account. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." How much money should I take out for our trip? He took an extra $20 out to pay for the movie tickets.
4. verb To bring someone somewhere as a date or companion. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." She asked if she could take me out sometime for dinner or a movie. I'm taking out my parents to dinner to thank them for their help.
5. verb To borrow something in an official or formal manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." You can take out three books at a time from the library. Remember, you must sign your name to the register if you plan to take any equipment out for more than a day.
6. verb To kill or murder someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." The mob boss ordered his goons to take the witness out. I almost got taken out by that falling tree!
7. verb To incapacitate or neutralize someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." The tight end took out the linebacker who was trying to tackle the quarterback. He took out his opponents in the election with an incredibly effective smear campaign.
8. verb To destroy, disable, or critically damage something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." The hurricane took out power lines across the state. I hope the blast didn't take the generator out. The burglars took out the security system before breaking in.
9. verb To obtain compensation for something from a different source or in a different form. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." We'll be taking the cost of the computer you broke out of your paycheck. He couldn't pay me back the $250, so I took it out by having him paint the house for me.
10. verb To formally apply for and obtain or secure something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." She is taking out a lawsuit against her former employer for improper dismissal from her job. We're taking out a loan to help pay for the wedding.
11. verb To bring a domesticated animal, typically a dog, outside for exercise or to urinate or defecate. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "out." John, will you take the dog out? He's been scratching at the door for 10 minutes.
12. noun Food from a restaurant that is picked up and taken home or somewhere else to be eaten. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. Primarily heard in US. I don't feel like cooking tonight, do you want to just get takeout?
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take someone out
1. to date someone. I hope he'll take me out soon. She wanted to take out her guest for the evening.
2. to block out a player in football. You take Joe out and I'll carry the ball. Who was supposed to take out that huge guy?'
3. Sl. to kill someone. (Underworld.) Mr. Gutman told Lefty to take Max out. One more word out of you, and I'm going to take you out.
take something out
1. Lit. to carry something outside. Please take the trash out. I'll take out the trash.
2. Inf. to bomb or destroy something. The enemy took out one of the trucks, but not the one carrying the medicine. The last mission took two enemy bunkers out.
3. Go to take something out of someone or something.
(after someone or something) Go to take off (after someone or something).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Extract, remove, as in He should take out that splinter: [c. 1300]
2. Secure by applying to an authority, as in She took out a real estate license. [Late 1600s]
3. Escort on a date, as in He's been taking out a different girl every night of the week. [c. 1600]
4. Give vent to; see take it out on.
5. Carry away for use elsewhere, as in Can we get some pizza to take out?
6. Obtain as an equivalent in different form, as in We took out the money she owed us by having her baby-sit. [Early 1600s]
7. Set out, as in Jan and Herb took out for the beach, or The police took out after the suspects. [Mid-1800s]
8. Kill, destroy, as in Two snipers took out a whole platoon, or Flying low, the plane took out the enemy bunker in one pass. [1930s]
9. See under take out of.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To remove or extract something: My mother took the splinter out of my finger. I opened the camera and took out the film.
2. To remove something to the outside: I forgot to take the trash out last night. Take out the garbage before the trash can gets too full.
3. To withdraw some amount of money from an account: I went to the ATM and took out $20. She took $500 out of her bank account.
4. To borrow something from a library: I took out a book from the library. You can only take three books out at a time.
5. To give vent to some negative emotion; allow some emotion to be relieved by expressing it: Don't take out your frustration so aggressively. He took his anger out on his poor dog.
6. To invite someone as a date or companion and escort them: I'd like to take you out tonight if you're free. We took the children out to a movie.
7. To order some food from a restaurant and eat it elsewhere: We took out some Japanese food and ate at home.
8. To obtain something as an equivalent in a different form: They took out the money we owed in babysitting services.
9. To except something from consideration; not consider something: It was a good summer if you take out those three days when I was sick. Take the acting out, and tell me what you thought of the plot.
10. To begin a course; set out: The police took out after the thieves.
11. To secure some document or license by application to an authority: I took out a restraining order against my neighbor. She took a real estate license out and started selling houses.
12. To secure something, as a loan, from a financial institution: Let's take out a loan and buy that car. I took a mortgage out on my house.
13. To destroy or incapacitate something: The explosion took out the ship's radar. The plane flew over the enemy bunker and took it out with a missile.
14. Slang To kill or incapacitate someone: Two snipers took out the entire enemy platoon. He took me out with a single punch.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
take someone out
1. tv. to block someone, as in a football game. I was supposed to take the left end out, but I was trapped under the center.
2. tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) The boss told Rocko to take out Marlowe.
3. tv. to date someone. She wanted to take him out for an evening.
take something out
tv. to bomb or destroy something. The enemy took out one of the tanks, but not the one carrying the medicine.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.