(third-person singular simple present takes off, present participle taking off, simple past took off, past participle taken off)
- To remove.
- He took off his shoes.
- The test grader takes off a point for every misspelled word.
- Tomorrow the doctor will take the cast off her arm.
- To imitate, often in a satirical manner.
- They love to take off all the politicians' mannerisms.
- (intransitive, of an aircraft or spacecraft) To leave the ground and begin flight; to ascend into the air.
- The plane has been cleared to take off from runway 3.
- (intransitive) To become successful, to flourish.
- The business has really taken off this year and has made quite a profit.
- "The message is now the medium - that is powerful and means products can take off practically all by themselves."
- (intransitive) To depart.
- I'm going to take off now.
- Take off, loser!
- To quantify.
- I'll take off the concrete and steel for this construction project.
- to absent oneself from work or other responsibility, especially with permission.
- If you take off for Thanksgiving you must work Christmas and vice versa.
- He decided to let his mother take a night off from cooking, so he took her and his siblings out to dinner.
Only in sense 1 and 7. can the object appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle. In all other transitive senses, the verb-particle unit cannot be split.
- takeoff (take-off)
- take one's hat off to
- Alternative form of takeoff.