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English definition of “takeout”


noun [C/U]    /ˈteɪkˌɑʊt/ (also carryout)
a meal bought at a store or restaurant and taken somewhere else to be eaten : [U] Let’s have Chinese takeout for dinner tonight .
(Definition of takeout noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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