Pronunciation: (tāk'out"), [key]
1. the act or fact of taking out.
2. something made to be taken out, esp. 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, take'out loan", take'out mort"gage. 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.
a. Bridge.a bid in a suit or denomination different from the one bid by one's partner.
b. 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, pertaining to, or providing a takeout mortgage: The high-rise developer has found a takeout commitment from a large insurance company. Also,take'-out".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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