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takeoff Syllabification: take·off
Pronunciation: /ˈtākˌôf/

Definition of takeoff in English:


1The action of becoming airborne: the plane accelerated down the runway for takeoff
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  • Hauling scientists and supplies to the stations gives aircrews a chance to practice icy take-offs and landings and get a feel for being on the ice.
  • Crosswinds of up to 30 knots can be accommodated on aircraft take-off or landing with or without stores.
  • The take-off is flawless; a steep climb has the aircraft high by strip's end to avoid the possibility of ground-fire.
departure, liftoff, launch, blastoff;
ascent, flight
2An act of mimicking someone or something: a pleasant takeoff on some Everly Brothers routine
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  • Overall I thought it was a marvelous take off of all the hood movies.
  • Brief glimpses of Bleak House and Great Expectations are followed by a wonderfully witty take-off of A Christmas Carol, with skateboarding ghosts and Tiny Tim on electric guitar.
  • Of all the parodies performed on 'The Carol Burnett Show', probably the best-remembered and funniest was an inspired takeoff of the classic film 'Gone With The Wind'.

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