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Definition of take off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


take off

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1(of an aircraft, etc.) to leave the ground and begin to fly The plane took off an hour late. related noun takeoff, land
  2. 2(informal) to leave a place, especially in a hurry When he saw me coming he took off in the opposite direction.
  3. 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.

    take somebodyoff

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  1. 1to copy someone's voice, actions, or manner in an amusing way synonym impersonate
  2. 2(in sports, entertainment, etc.) to make someone stop playing, acting, etc. and leave the field or the stage He was taken off after twenty minutes.

    take somethingoff

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  1. 1to remove something, especially a piece of clothing from your/someone's body to take off your coat He took off my wet boots and made me sit by the fire. opposite
  2. 2to have a period of time as a break from work I've decided to take a few days off next week.
  3. 3[often passive] to stop a public service, television program, performances of a show, etc. The show was taken off because of poor ratings.
  4. 4to remove some of someone's hair, part of someone's body, etc. The hairdresser asked me how much she should take off. The explosion nearly took his arm off.

take somebody off something

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to remove someone 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.

    take something off something

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  1. 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. 2[often passive] to stop something from being sold The diet pills were taken off the market.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: take off