Definition of take off in English:

take off

  • 1(Of an aircraft or bird) become airborne.
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    • The wheels drop off when the aircraft takes off, and the ground crew retrieves them.
    • British fighter aircraft taking off from West Malling airfield were guided by the terrible orange glow on the horizon.
    • The local press has played up the danger these birds might pose for aircraft landing and taking off.
    become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing; be launched, lift off, blast off
  • 1.1(Of an enterprise) become successful or popular: the newly launched electronic newspaper has really taken off
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    • Should it ever take off and become wildly popular, you'd be advised to sign up now to avoid MeFi style agony.
    • The Ferry was a success, and the fledgling company really started to take off.
    • Their pure fruit smoothie recipes took off, and they've grown steadily since.
    succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, progress, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom, turn out well, work (out)
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