Definition of Take away

1. Verb. Remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state. "I got carried away when I saw the dead man and I started to cry"

Exact synonyms: Bear Away, Bear Off, Carry Away, Carry Off
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Spirit Away, Spirit Away, Spirit Off, Whisk Away, Whisk Off
Entails: Go Away, Go Forth, Leave
Antonyms: Bring

2. Verb. Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract. "They want to take away the doors"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
Exact synonyms: Remove, Take, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Depilate, Epilate, Harvest, Tip, Stem, Extirpate, Enucleate, Exenterate, Enucleate, Decorticate, Bail, Disinvest, Divest, Strip, Undress, Ablate, Clean, Pick, Clean, Winnow, Pick, Clear, Clear Up, Muck, Lift, Lift, Lift, Tear Away, Tear Off, Take Off, Take Out, Pit, Stone, Seed, Unhinge, Shuck, Hull, Crumb, Chip Away, Chip Away At, Burl, Knock Out, Clean, Scavenge, Hypophysectomise, Hypophysectomize, Degas, Husk, Shell, Bur, Burr, Clear Away, Clear Off, Flick, Dismantle, Strip, Strip, Clear, Defang, Bone, Debone, Disembowel, Draw, Eviscerate, Shell, Shuck, Detusk, Tusk, Dehorn, Scalp, Weed, Condense, Bail Out, Bale Out, Leach, Strip, Decalcify, Detoxicate, Detoxify, De-ionate, De-iodinate, Decarbonise, Decarbonize, Decarburise, Decarburize, Decoke, Delouse, Ream, Brush, Wash, Wash Away, Wash Off, Wash Out, Desorb, Pull, Demineralise, Demineralize, Eliminate, Clear Out, Drive Out, Expectorate, Carve Out, Defuse, Dredge, Wear Away, Wear Off, Amputate, Cut Off, Eviscerate, Resect, Cream, Cream Off, Skim, Skim Off, Strip, Strip, Descale, Scale, Circumcise, Undock, Cut Into, Delve, Dig, Turn Over, Dig, Excavate, Hollow, Lift Out, Scoop, Scoop Out, Scoop Up, Take Up, Draw Out, Extract, Pull, Pull Out, Pull Up, Take Out, Take Out, Unstring, String, Wipe Away, Wipe Off, Bear Away, Bear Off, Carry Away, Carry Off, Unveil, Take Out, Unpack, Disburden, Unburden, Empty, Discharge, Offsaddle, Unsaddle, Cast, Cast Off, Drop, Shake Off, Shed, Throw, Throw Away, Throw Off, Dislodge, Free, Clean, Aspirate, Draw Out, Suck Out, Cancel, Delete, Lade, Laden, Ladle, Spoon, Gut, Head, Draw Away, Draw Off, Pull Off, Clean, Strip, Draw, Take Out, Draw, Get Out, Pull, Pull Out, Take Out, Leach, Draw, Draw, Draw Off, Take Out, Withdraw
Derivative terms: Remotion, Removal, Remover, Withdrawal
Also: Take Off

3. Verb. Take out or remove. "Take out the chicken after adding the vegetables"
Exact synonyms: Take Out
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Bus, Kill, Obliterate, Wipe Out, Cross Off, Cross Out, Mark, Strike Off, Strike Out, Delete, Erase, Cart Away, Cart Off, Haul Away, Haul Off
Antonyms: Add

4. Verb. Take from a person or place. "We took the abused child away from its parents"
Generic synonyms: Take

5. Verb. Buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food. "We'll take out pizza, since I am too tired to cook"
Exact synonyms: Take Out
Generic synonyms: Eat
Derivative terms: Takeaway, Takeout

6. Verb. Get rid of something abstract. "God takes away your sins"
Exact synonyms: Remove
Specialized synonyms: Wash Away

7. Verb. Take away a part from; diminish. "His bad manners detract from his good character"
Exact synonyms: Detract
Generic synonyms: Bring Down, Cut, Cut Back, Cut Down, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down
Derivative terms: Detraction, Detractive, Detractor

Definition of Take away

1. Verb. To remove something and put it in a different place. ¹

2. Verb. To remove something, either material or abstract, so that a person no longer has it. ¹

3. Verb. To subtract or diminish something. ¹

4. Verb. To leave a memory or impression in one's mind that you think about later. ¹

5. Verb. (context: of a person) To make someone leave a place and go somewhere else. Usually not with the person's consent. ¹

6. Verb. (context: of a person) To prevent, or limit, someone from being somewhere, or from doing something. ¹

7. Verb. ¹

8. Preposition. minus ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take Away

take a tumble
take a turn for the better
take a turn for the worse
take a whizz
take a wicket
take aback
take account
take action
take advantage
take after
take against
take aim
take apart
take arms
take away (current term)
take away from
take back
take by storm
take care
take care of
take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves
take chances
take charge
take command
take control
take courage
take cover
take delight in
take down

Literary usage of Take away

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen, Reginald Brimley Johnson (1892)
"Then you would drink a great deal more than you ought," said Mrs Bennet; " and if I were to see you at it, I should take away your bottle directly. ..."

2. The Holy Bible Canadian Bible Society by Canadian Bible Society (1851)
"... if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away hie part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, ..."

3. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Ward Radcliffe (1794)
"... urge him either to detain her a pri- foner, or to take away her life. They were now arrived at the gates, where Bertrand, ..."

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