- 1 (of an aircraft, etc.) to leave the ground and begin to fly The plane took off an hour late. related noun take-off opposite land See related entries: Plane travel
- 2(informal) to leave a place, especially in a hurry When he saw me coming he took off in the opposite direction.
- 3(of an idea, a product, etc.) to become successful or popular very quickly or suddenly The new magazine has really taken off. Her singing career took off after her TV appearance.
- 1to copy somebody’s voice, actions or manner in an amusing way synonym impersonate
- 2(in sports, entertainment, etc.) to make somebody stop playing, acting, etc. and leave the field or the stage He was taken off after twenty minutes.
- 1 to remove something, especially a piece of clothing from your/somebody’s body to take off your coat He took off my wet boots and made me sit by the fire. opposite put somethingon
- 2 to have a period of time as a break from work I've decided to take a few days off next week.
- 3[often passive] to stop a public service, television programme, performances of a show, etc. The show was taken off because of poor audience figures.
- 4to remove some of somebody’s hair, part of somebody’s body, etc. The hairdresser asked me how much she should take off. The explosion nearly took his arm off.
(informal) to leave a place; to make somebody leave a place
[often passive] to remove somebody from something such as a job, position, piece of equipment, etc. The officer leading the investigation has been taken off the case. After three days she was taken off the ventilator.
- 1to remove an amount of money or a number of marks, points, etc. in order to reduce the total The manager took $10 off the bill. That experience took ten years off my life (= made me feel ten years older).
- 2[often passive] to stop something from being sold The slimming pills were taken off the market.