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takeout adj : of or involving food to be taken and eaten off the premises; "takeout pizza"; "the takeout counter"; "`take-away' is chiefly British" [syn: take-away]


1 prepared food that is intended to be eaten off of the premises; "in England they call takeout food `takeaway'" [syn: takeout food, takeaway]
2 (bridge) a bid that asks your partner to bid another suit

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Alternative spellings


  1. In the context of "of food": intended to be eaten off the premises


  1. Food purchased from a takeaway
  2. A stone that hits another stone, removing it from play



Food purchased from a takeaway
A stone that hits another stone, removing it from play

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Extensive Definition

Take-out (in North American English), carry-out (in U.S. and Scottish English), parcel (in Indian English), take-away (in Australian and British English), or tapau (in Malaysian English and Singlish), is food purchased at a restaurant but eaten elsewhere. The restaurant may or may not provide table service. In the United States and Canada, food ordered this way (especially in fast food) is ordered to go, and in the United Kingdom it is sometimes ordered to eat out, as opposed to eating in.
Take-out food is often fast food, but not always so. Whereas fast food carries the connotation of a standardized product from a globalized chain or franchise, take-away outlets are often small businesses serving traditional food, which can be of high quality. Examples include the neighbourhood fish and chip shops in the UK, Australia or New Zealand; the sandwiches sold by delis in the U.S.; and the wide range of sausage-based snacks (and increasingly kebabs) sold from stalls in German cities.
Food that is delivered by a restaurant to a customer (often called delivery) is also sometimes called take-out; although it might be more properly labeled bring-in, it never is. The establishment that sells take-out exclusively (not providing table service) is called a take-out restaurant, take-out joint or a take-away.
There is no clear line between street food and take-out. Crêpe stands in France, for example, may be as permanently situated as a kiosk or newsstand, and some take-out windows (coffee and ice cream for example) clearly expect that the purchaser will begin consuming the food immediately on the street. In general, there is an expectation for take-out (as opposed to street food) that the consumer will have to sit and lay out the food packages for consumption.
Certain types of food that are normally served in sit-down restaurants are commonly available as take-out. Pizza is one example. While certain pizzeria chains specialize in take-out (or delivery) to such an extent that they actually have no facilities for dining on-site (just a kitchen), most have tables and waitstaff. Even these establishments, however, offer the option of ordering by phone (or, increasingly, by Internet) and taking the food home (or to whatever other location is desired). In such circumstances, the food and the procedure is commonly called carry-out. Another U.S. classic take-out food is Western-styled Chinese food. Ordering Chinese take-out has reached near ritual status in certain segments of the US population, as well as the United Kingdom, especially college students. In the past few decades as immigrants from more and more Asian countries emigrate to the US, more and more types of cuisine are being treated in a similar manner: Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, etc. In the UK, Indian food is also a popular form of take-away as well as Kebabs from the Middle East.
Some businesses have taken a cue from the ever increasing popularity in take-out, and have created franchises to deliver food from restaurants not normally associated with take-out or delivery. In some areas it is also possible to place orders for take-out over the Internet.
If it is possible to choose, the choice is between "to take out"/"to take away" and "to eat in" in the UK and Australia; or "to go" and "for here"/"to stay"/"dine in" in the USA. Most of these terms are used interchangeably in Canada.

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takeout in German: Imbissstand
takeout in Spanish: Take-away
takeout in Hebrew: טייק אוויי
takeout in Japanese: テイクアウト
takeout in Kölsch: Frittebuud
takeout in Chinese: 外賣店
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