Definition of take off in English:

take off

phrasal verb

  • 1(of an aircraft or bird) become airborne.

    • ‘Crowds regularly flocked to the base to see the aircraft take off on one of its many test flights.’
    • ‘The wheels drop off when the aircraft takes off, and the ground crew retrieves them.’
    • ‘Aircraft taking off from Manchester Airport could have crashed into part of a jumbo jet engine which had fallen on to the runway.’
    • ‘The airline says it had no knowledge of the security breach before the aircraft took off.’
    • ‘British fighter aircraft taking off from West Malling airfield were guided by the terrible orange glow on the horizon.’
    • ‘Coun Brand says the noise is mainly caused by aircraft taking off from the airport.’
    • ‘This will be used later with a stock shot of an aircraft taking off from the airport.’
    • ‘The local press has played up the danger these birds might pose for aircraft landing and taking off.’
    • ‘It worked and the plane's head rose a little bit and the aircraft took off safely.’
    • ‘Any unfound debris on runways could cause damage to aircraft landing and taking off at the airport.’
    become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing
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    1. 1.1 (of an enterprise) become successful or popular.
      ‘the newly launched electronic newspaper has really taken off’
      • ‘They were astonished at how the business took off with young Western-born Muslims.’
      • ‘Should it ever take off and become wildly popular, you'd be advised to sign up now to avoid MeFi style agony.’
      • ‘Their pure fruit smoothie recipes took off, and they've grown steadily since.’
      • ‘We were going to just count the number of nominations we were getting, but as it took off there were too many for us to read them all.’
      • ‘But as we started to get the traditional boost of people voting on their way home from work it just took off.’
      • ‘Then Hotmail and the like took off and almost everyone started using web-based e-mail.’
      • ‘The Ferry was a success, and the fledgling company really started to take off.’
      • ‘The business really took off by the end of December, with all places now full.’
      • ‘As Carlyle's career slowly took off, the couple moved to London, settling in Chelsea.’
      • ‘His career took off when he was spotted by an Italian scout playing in a friendly tournament in a Paris park.’
      succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, progress, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom, turn out well, work, work out
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  • 2Depart hastily.

    ‘the officer took off after his men’
    • ‘His leg was probably broken at this point but he held on as the Mondeo took off at great speed along Worksop Road.’
    • ‘He had retrieved it from a rubbish bin but was having little success in taking off with his prize.’
    • ‘The guards were raiding and he took off like an Olympic sprinter, only to come to a sudden halt.’
    • ‘Sixty-years ago last week, Glenn Miller took off in the fog for Paris and was never seen again.’
    • ‘The police were called and on arrival Robinson took off but was stopped soon after, the court heard.’
    • ‘The very saddest day of both of our lives was on my 18th birthday when my mother took off.’
    • ‘Together they made millions, but when the relationship soured Doherty took off with just a small bag.’
    • ‘The limousine took off, and the pensioners all moved to one side to let the car through.’
    • ‘A taxi driver was beaten and robbed by three men who then took off in his car.’
    • ‘So myself and all my mates all took off for England, and I was to remain there in fact for five years.’
    run away, run off, flee, abscond, take flight, decamp, disappear, leave, go, depart, make off, bolt, make a break for it, make a run for it, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
    withdraw, retire, take one's leave, make one's departure, leave, exit, depart, go away, pull out, quit, make oneself scarce
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