Definition of takeaway in English:

takeaway

noun

  • 1British A restaurant or shop selling cooked food to be eaten elsewhere.

    ‘a fast-food takeaway’
    • ‘Almost half the weight of some chicken sold through restaurants and takeaways is made up of water and food additives, according to an investigation.’
    • ‘He works seven nights a week delivering food for a Chinese restaurant and a pizza takeaway.’
    • ‘Currently in the High Street there are two Indian takeaways, two fish and chip shops, a Chinese takeaway and a pizza takeaway.’
    • ‘Traders in Gorse Hill fear customers are shopping elsewhere because of a deluge of fast food outlets and takeaways.’
    • ‘The restaurant is already neighboured by two hot food takeaways, one on either side.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I do a lot of walking and the amount of rubbish that is left in Westhoughton comes from fast food outlets and takeaways.’’
    • ‘The department is responsible for checking up to 1,500 food premises - including food shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and takeaways - in its sprawling area.’
    • ‘Traders, especially those selling food and takeaways, must take responsibility for the areas around their premises and encourage customers to dispose of rubbish properly.’
    • ‘Almost 90% of Britons said they were partial to a plate of chips, with more than 300 million takeaways being sold each year.’
    • ‘He said that although there were no specific laws that restricted opening times of food takeaways, the planning permission system allowed the council to apply measures.’
    • ‘And for the first time ever, late-night hot food takeaways operating after 11 pm will also come under the umbrella of the new act.’
    • ‘Keep Britain Tidy predicted problems would be caused by litter and discarded food from takeaways and overflowing household rubbish bags.’
    • ‘Surely with the lack of housing it would be good policy not to allow any more houses to be changed into food takeaways.’
    • ‘There are already two hot food takeaways on Moredon Road and one being built.’
    • ‘The presentation night was held at the Tale of Spice restaurant, in Castle Street, which were winners in the best takeaway and best veggie food sections.’
    • ‘He and his friend then went to a takeaway that sold kebabs.’
    • ‘She began by making samosas, chapattis and other finger foods for a takeaway and soon she had to take on others to help her.’
    • ‘Computer software to do everything from running a pizza takeaway to organising a huge computer gaming tournament was also on display.’
    • ‘They were walking home with a pizza from a nearby takeaway.’
    • ‘I can vouch for the takeaway as the meals we have had from there have been excellent, so we decided it was time to try out the restaurant.’
    1. 1.1A meal or dish bought from a shop or restaurant to be eaten elsewhere.
      North American term takeout
      ‘he phoned for a takeaway’
      North American term takeout
      mass noun ‘he is happy to eat Chinese takeaway’
      as modifier ‘a takeaway pizza’
      • ‘Many of today's young people, existing on takeaways or meals taken out of the freezer and bunged in the microwave, complain about the cost of things.’
      • ‘But despite feeding ready meals and takeaways to their children parents are eating far less of them - on average just 64 ready meals each a year.’
      • ‘About once a fortnight, I eat a fatty takeaway for dinner: fish and chips, Chinese, kebabs.’
      • ‘I don't want you to get the idea that I exist on takeaways and ready meals, because I don't.’
      • ‘Even the normally unflappable Health Squad team were almost speechless when they discovered that Una's diet consists of coffee and a fag for breakfast and a takeaway for dinner!’
      • ‘The teas at home declined a bit; there were more takeaways and cheap ready meals.’
      • ‘Make sure you take regular breaks and treat yourself to a delicious takeaway or meal out in the evening.’
      • ‘Evening meals are often takeaways: neither he nor his wife are keen cooks.’
      • ‘People were sitting there eating takeaways and watching TV.’
      • ‘Business is back to normal in East Tamaki after Christmas close-downs and, thankfully, popular eatery Meet in The Sandwich has also re-opened its doors for breakfast, lunch and takeaways.’
      • ‘Jane used to eat takeaways, crisps and snacks, but has now traded fatty food for a Weight Watcher's diet - low fat sandwiches and healthy but tasty dishes.’
      • ‘Every night for the last week I have had to phone for a takeaway because I can't control my appetite.’
      • ‘I got takeaways from the fish and chip shop and ate them in the park with a fellow blogger, and it was lovely, except for the mosquitoes, but I ate way too much.’
      • ‘There is also a restaurant where you can have breakfast and buy takeaways and there is a licensed bar too.’
      • ‘Out went takeaways and big lunches and in came healthy alternatives like tuna without mayo and cottage cheese instead of Cheddar.’
      • ‘According to the research eating out and getting takeaways is becoming routine and, whereas before it was usually considered a treat, now it is thought of as part and parcel of a hard-working lifestyle.’
      • ‘The Kai Cart just back from the waterfront serves interesting food and the group recommends the paua patties which can be eaten on the site or bought as a takeaway.’
      • ‘We were turned away from 3 restaurants who refused to do a takeaway as they were too busy.’
      • ‘Bruce pulled over outside a Kennebunk clam restaurant and sent me in to get a takeaway.’
      • ‘She lay on her mother's sofa, watching television and eating chocolates, then had a Chinese takeaway in the evening.’
  • 2A key fact, point, or idea to be remembered, typically one emerging from a discussion or meeting.

    ‘the main takeaway for me is that we need to continue to communicate all the things we're doing for our customers’
    as modifier ‘the takeaway message’
    • ‘The most important takeaway is this: they repeatedly did things that felt like huge risks, that challenged the status quo and that seemed, on their face, to give too much power to their audience.’
    • ‘One of our takeaways from the global financial crisis is that it is very important for rating agencies to be transparent about the assumptions that go into the analysis.’
    • ‘The key takeaways from this seem to be that 'learning how to hire' comes with experience, a little theory from books and blogs, surrounding yourself with mentors you can learn from and making a few mistakes along the way.’
    • ‘There aren't a lot of actionable business takeaways I can provide from her presentation.’
    • ‘My one takeaway from all of this is that we are on our own when it comes to making sound investing decisions.’
    • ‘My takeaway is that if Apple wants to keep doing this well, they need to keep selling them cheap.’
    • ‘The real takeaway you get from the film is the same one his daughters touchingly acknowledge in the denouement - there's never anything wrong with making a stand against social injustice.’
    • ‘The key takeaway from the book is that it is unquestionably worth your time and effort to learn the ins-and-outs of frequently overlooked subjects, such as HTTP, compression, redirects, and DNS.’
    • ‘My take-away from this is that there are some steps that we can individually take to improve our security against identity theft.’
    • ‘I also want to emphasize the three key takeaways from today's call.’
    • ‘The takeaway: companies should master "reverse innovation" by launching services tailored for developing countries.’
    • ‘The takeaway lesson for me, which I had already learned much earlier in life, is the importance of admitting mistakes.’
    • ‘For me the big takeaway is a reminder that the old ways of doing business are being challenged.’
    • ‘One of the takeaways is there is no crisis in health care in the United States.’
    • ‘The key takeaway is to initiate, or re-initiate, this dialogue within your organization.’
    • ‘The data offer three key takeaways for policymakers.’
    • ‘That book has 10 excellent takeaways for time management that can help anyone.’
    • ‘The important takeaway point is that SEO isn't something that can just be tweaked under the hood.’
    • ‘The other big takeaway from the book was that life insurance is another industry that only commanded high prices by hiding information.’
    • ‘I'll write more detailed notes later, but here are some quick takeaways.’
  • 3Golf

    another term for backswing

    ‘many golfers ruin the swing with a poor takeaway’
    another term for backswing
    • ‘Under Harmon, Pavin has worked to lose his distinctive habit of lifting and fanning the club open on the takeaway, producing a backswing that was too narrow and too long.’
    • ‘To create a consistent tempo, it helps to have a little movement before the takeaway, such as a waggle of the clubhead back and forth above the ball.’
    • ‘Recently, we've smoothed out some minor kinks she had in her takeaway and the top of the backswing.’
    • ‘A pressing action, whether it's a small movement of the clubhead or a more dynamic mini-rehearsal of the takeaway, preps you for the actual swing.’
    • ‘If I want to turn it right to left, I simply swing a little more inside on the takeaway and release the club a little sooner through impact.’
  • 4US (in football and hockey) an act of regaining the ball or puck from the opposing team.

Pronunciation

takeaway

/ˈteɪkəweɪ/