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“take off” in British English

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take off

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

take-offnoun

uk /ˈteɪk.ɒf/ us /ˈteɪk.ɑːf/

take-off noun (COPY)

[ C ] a piece of acting or writing, etc. that copies the way a particular person speaks or behaves, or the way something is done, usually to entertain other people:

It was the best take-off of the prime minister that I have ever seen.

(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/

(LEAVE)

(of an aircraft) to leave the ground and fly:

The plane took off on time.

infml To take off is also to leave suddenly:

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/

(BECOME POPULAR)

to suddenly become popular 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 /teɪk/ us verb [ T ] took, taken

to suddenly start to be successful:

She became an ethical financial adviser ten years ago, just as green investing 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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