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"take off" in British English

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take off

phrasal verb with take uk   us   /teɪk/ verb (took, taken)

take off (FLY)

A2 If an ​aircraft, ​bird, or ​insecttakes off, it ​leaves the ​ground and ​begins to ​fly: The ​plane took off at 8.30 a.m.
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take off (SUCCEED)

B2 to ​suddenlystart to be ​successful or ​popular: Her ​singingcareer had just ​begun to take off.
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take off (LEAVE)

informal to ​suddenlyleavesomewhere, usually without ​telling anyone that you are going: When he ​saw me, he took off in the other ​direction.

take-offnoun

uk   /ˈteɪk.ɒf/  us   /-ɑːf/

take off noun (AIRCRAFT)

[C or U] the ​moment when an ​aircraftleaves the ​ground and ​begins to ​fly: Night take-offs and ​landings are ​banned at this ​airport.

take off noun (COPY)

[C] a ​piece of ​acting or writing, etc. that ​copies the way a ​particularpersonspeaks or ​behaves, or the way something is done, usually to ​entertain other ​people: It was the ​best take-off of the ​primeminister that I have ​everseen.
(Definition of take off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"take off" in American English

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take off

phrasal verb with take  us   /teɪk/ verb [T] (past tense took  /tʊk/ )

take off (LEAVE)

(of an ​aircraft) to ​leave the ​ground and ​fly: The ​plane took off on ​time. infml To take off is also to ​leavesuddenly: When he ​saw me coming, he took off in the other ​direction.

take off

phrasal verb with take  us   /teɪk/ verb [T] (past tense took  /tʊk/ )

take off (BECOME POPULAR)

to ​suddenlybecomepopular or ​successful: The new ​product really took off among ​teens.
(Definition of take off from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"take off" in Business English

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take off

phrasal verb with take uk   us   /teɪk/ verb [T] (took, taken)
to suddenly ​start to be ​successful: She became an ​ethicalfinancialadviser ten ​years ago, just as ​greeninvesting began to take off. He taught for ​years before his writing ​career took off.
FINANCE to suddenly ​increase in ​value or ​amount: The ​shares took off, ​climbing more than 130%. The ​time to ​protect your ​finances from ​inflation is now, before ​prices really take off.
(Definition of take off from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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