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)
2 (also take oneself off) Depart hastily: the officer took off after his men
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  • He had retrieved it from a rubbish bin but was having little success in taking off with his prize.
  • Together they made millions, but when the relationship soured Doherty took off with just a small bag.
  • A taxi driver was beaten and robbed by three men who then took off in his car.
run away, run off, flee, abscond, take flight, decamp, disappear, leave, go, depart, make off, bolt, make a run/break for it, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
informal split, beat it, clear off, clear out, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, light out
withdraw, retire, take one's leave, make one's departure, leave, exit, depart, go away, pull out, quit, make oneself scarce
informal clear off, clear out
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