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noun [countable] takeaway pronunciation in British English /ˈteɪkəˌweɪ/
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  1. 1
    British a meal that you buy in a restaurant or shop and take home to eat. The American word is takeout
    Let’s get a takeaway.
  2. 2
    British a shop that sells meals that you take home to eat
    We often go to a Chinese takeaway near our house.
  3. 3
    an important piece of information to remember from a meeting, presentation etc
    This could be the most important takeaway from today’s Fed announcement.
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    an important piece of information to remember from e.g. a meeting or presentation
    The most arresting takeaway last October at the Frankfurt presentation was that adding “enhanced metadata” elements to a basket of backlist books not only stopped their normal sales decay, it reversed it and actually made sales of those books rise after the metadata was improved. / This could be the most important takeaway from today's Fed announcement
    Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/01/2012


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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