take off
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. remove <
take your shoes off
>
2. a. release <
take the brake off
>
b. discontinue, withdraw <
took off the morning train
>
c. to take or allow as a discount ; deduct <
took 10 percent off
>
d. to spend (a period of time) away from a usual occupation or activity <
took two weeks off
>
3. slang rob intransitive verb 1. to take away ; detract 2. a. to start off or away often suddenly ; set out, depart <
took off for her trip
>
b. (1) to branch off (as from a main stream or stem) (2) to take a point of origin c. to begin a leap or spring d. to leave the surface ; begin flight e. to embark on rapid activity, development, or growth f. to spring into wide use or popularity

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