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take /teɪk/USA pronunciation
v., took/tʊk/USA pronunciation tak•en/ˈteɪkən/USA pronunciation tak•ing, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
[~ + object] to get into one's possession by one's action:took a pen and began to write.
[~ + object] to hold or grip with the hands:She took my hand and shook it vigorously.
[~ + object] to seize or capture:to take a prisoner.
[~ + object] to catch or get (game, etc.), esp. by killing:Regulations forbid hunters from taking more than one animal per month.
[~ + object] to pick or choose from a number of alternatives; select:She'll take white wine with her dinner.
[~ + object] to receive or accept (a person) into some relation, as marriage:Do you take her to be your lawful wedded wife?
[~ + object] to receive or react to in a certain manner:She took his death hard.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to obtain from a source;
derive:The book takes its title from a song by Franz Schubert.
[~ + object] to obtain as compensation for injury done (usually to oneself):to take revenge.
[~ + object] to receive into the body, as by inhaling or swallowing:to take a pill.
[~ + object] to do, perform, etc.:She took a hot bath.
[~ + object] to use to add flavoring:Do you take sugar in your coffee?
[~ + object] to undergo:to take a heat treatment.
[~ + object] to endure or submit to without complaining or weakening:Can't you take a joke?
[~ + object] to remove by death; to end (a life):The flood took many victims.
[~ + object] to subtract or deduct:to take 2 from 5.
[~ + object] to carry with one:Are you taking an umbrella?
[~ + object] to carry from one place to another; convey or transport:Can you take the kids to school?
[~ + object] to use as a means of transportation:We took the number 15 bus.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + object] to serve as a means of conducting;
to go in the direction of:Fifth Avenue takes you right through the midtown area.
[~ + object] to go into or enter:Take the road to the left.
[~ + object] to bring about a change in the condition of:Her talent and ambition took her to the top.
[~ + object] to come upon suddenly; catch:to take a thief by surprise.
[~ + object] to attack or affect with or as if with a disease:taken with a fit of laughter.
to (cause to) be absorbed or be stuck to; be susceptible to: [~ + object]The cloth will not take a dye.[no object]The dye wouldn't take on that cloth.
to require; call for;
necessitate: [~ + object]This wood takes three coats of paint.[It + ~ + object + to + verb]It takes courage to do that.
[~ + object] to proceed to occupy:Take a seat.
to use up; consume: [~ + object]( + to + verb)]:I took just ten minutes to solve that problem.[~ (+ object) + object]Solving the problem took (me) only ten minutes.[It + [~ ( + object) + object ( + to + verb)]It took (me) only ten minutes to solve the problem.
[~ + object] to act or perform:to take the part of the hero.
Photography[~ + object] to make (a video, etc.) (of):to take home movies.
[~ + object] to write down:to take notes.
[~ + object] to apply oneself to; study:to take a history course.
[~ + object] to deal with;
treat:He promised to take the matter under consideration.
[~ + object] to determine by recording, asking, examining, measuring, etc.:The doctor took my pulse.
[~ + object] to have or experience (a feeling, etc.):She took pride in her appearance.
to grasp or apprehend mentally: [~ + object + as + object]Don't take the remark as an insult.[~ + object + to + verb]I take your silence to mean that you agree.
[~ + object] to accept the statements of:She took him at his word.
[~ + it + (that) clause] to assume as a fact:I take it that you won't be there.
to regard or consider: [~ + object + to + be + noun]I took them to be Frenchmen; weren't they?[~ + object + to + be + adjective]I took them to be wealthy enough to afford the house.
Games[~ + object] to capture or win in a game (a piece, etc.):The chess grandmaster took his opponent's queen.
Informal Terms[~ + object][Informal.]to cheat, swindle, or victimize:The car salesman took us for about $500.
[~ + object] to win or obtain money from:He took me for $10 in the poker game.
[~ + object] to have sexual intercourse with:He wanted to take her then and there.
Grammar[not: be + ~ -ing; ~ + object] to be used with (a certain grammatical form, case, etc.):This verb takes an object.
[no object] to catch or engage, as a mechanical device:We heard the engine clicking, but it just wouldn't take.
Botany[no object] to begin to grow, as a plant:He gave us some cuttings, but they just wouldn't take.
[no object] to have the intended result or effect:Fortunately the vaccination took, and the fever went down.
[not: be + ~ -ing; ~ + adjective] to fall or become:He took sick.
take (someone) aback, [~ + object + aback] to surprise or shock:taken aback by her hostility.
take after, [~ + after + object]
- to resemble (another person), as in appearance, behavior, etc.:My daughters take after my wife.
- to follow or chase:The police took after him.
- to disassemble, as by separating (something) into small pieces: [~ + object + apart]to take a clock apart.[~ + apart + object]to take apart a clock.
- to examine closely and criticize severely; attack: [~ + apart + object]took apart those arguments one after another.[~ + object + apart]He took them apart.
- to remove: [~ + away + object]The waiter came and took away the food.[~ + object + away]He took the food away.
- [~ + away + from + object] to detract (from):He tried to take away from her achievements by saying she was just lucky.
- to regain possession of: [~ + back + object]The army took back the town.[~ + object + back]to take it back.
- to return, as for exchange: [~ + object + back]Take it back to the store if it doesn't fit.[~ + object + back]She took the dress back because it didn't fit.
- [~ + object + back] to allow to return; resume a relationship with:Will his wife take him back?
- [~ + object + back] to cause to remember:The song took me back to my teen years.
- to retract: [~ + back + object]to take back a statement.[~ + object + back]What did you call her? You'd better take it back!
- to write down; record: [~ + down + object]to take down a speech.[~ + object + down]to take it all down.
- [~ + object + down] to reduce the pride of:to take him down a peg.
- to change (a garment) so as to make smaller or tighter: [~ + in + object]to take in a dress.[~ + object + in]to take it in a few inches.
- to provide a place to live for: [~ + in + object]She took in every stray cat that came her way.[~ + object + in]always took the cats in.
- to grasp the meaning of; comprehend: [~ + in + object]Do you think he took in everything we said?[~ + object + in]Did he take it all in?
- to observe; notice: [~ + in + object]He stood there taking in the busy scene.[~ + object + in]He stood there taking it all in.
- to deceive; trick;
cheat: [~ + object + in]She took us in with that scheme.[~ + in + object]Has she taken in anyone else with it?
- [~ + in + object] to visit or attend, as for entertainment:to take in a show.
- [~ + in + object] to receive as proceeds, as from business:The company took in enough profits last year to break even.[~ + object + in]to take it in.
- to remove: [~ + off + object]Take off your coat.[~ + object + off]Take your coat off.
- [no object] to leave the ground and rise into the air:The plane took off.
- [no object] to depart; leave:The man took off before we could ask him who he was.
- to subtract, as a discount;
deduct: [~ + off + object]The store took off 20 percent.[~ + object + off]taking 20 percent off the price.
- [no object] to achieve sudden, noticeable growth, etc.:Sales took off just before Christmas.
- to hire; employ: [~ + on + object]to take on new workers.[~ + object + on]to take new workers on.
- to undertake; begin (work): [~ + on + object]took on extra work to pay the bills.[~ + object + on]How can he take so much volunteer work on?
- [~ + on + object] to gain or acquire:The word "homeowner'' took on a whole new meaning when she became one.
- to accept as a challenge or opponent: [~ + on + object]weren't afraid to take on big business.[~ + object + on]"I'm not afraid to take the champ on!'' the boxer shouted.
- to withdraw; remove: [~ + out + object]She took out library books for the children.[~ + object + out]The doctor took my appendix out.
- to deduct: [~ + out + object]The government takes out income taxes from your paycheck.[~ + object + out]to take the taxes out.
- to buy or obtain by applying: [~ + out + object]to take out insurance.[~ + object + out]to take insurance out on the house.
- to escort, as on a date: [~ + object + out]took her out on a couple of dates.[~ + out + object]He took out several girls before he found the right one.
- [no object] to set out; start:We took out after them just as the sun rose.
Idioms, Informal Termstake (something) out on (someone), to cause (another) to suffer for (one's own misfortune, etc.): [~ + out + object + on + object]He took out his frustration on his children.[~ + object + out + on + object]I know you're upset, but don't take it out on the kids!
take over, to assume management of or responsibility for: [no object]Who will take over when you retire?[~ + over + object]Who will take over the company when you retire?[~ + object + over]Can they take the company over without a controlling interest?
take to, [~ + to + object]
- [Slang.]to kill or destroy: [~ + out + object]The pilots took out their targets.[~ + object + out]threatened to take them out if they talked to the cops.
- to devote oneself to; use or do as a habit:to take to drink.
- to begin to like:They took to each other at once.
- to go to:She took to her bed, sick with fever.
- to have recourse to; resort to:took to stealing cars.
- to occupy oneself with the study of: [~ + up + object]She took up medicine as a career.[~ + object + up]took it up as a career.
- to fill or occupy (space, etc.): [~ + up + object]The word "take'' will take up at least a page in this dictionary.[~ + object + up]This work takes all my time up.
- to continue; resume: [no object]We took up where we had left off.[~ + up + object]Let's take up the story where we left off.[~ + object + up]Let's take it up at chapter five.
- to raise for discussion or consideration: [~ + object + up]We'll take this up with our lawyers.[~ + up + object]Let's take up the next issue.
- [~ + up + object] to undertake; assume:He took up the duties of the presidency.
Informal Termstake up with, [~ + up + with + object] to keep company with:She's taken up with the wrong crowd of kids.
Idiomstake (something) upon oneself, [~ + object + upon + oneself] to assume (something) as a responsibility:Dad took it upon himself to visit her every day in the hospital.
the act of taking.
Informal Terms[Informal.]money taken in, esp. profits:a take of at least $5,000.
Show Businessa scene in a movie photographed without interruption.
Show Businessone of several sound recordings made, as of the same song, to produce a version good enough for release.
Informal Terms[Informal.]a response or reaction:She did a slow take when they told her she was arrested.
Idioms, Slang Termsa distinctive response to an event:What's your take on his deciding not to run?
- to make (clothes) shorter or tighter, as by hemming: [~ + up + object]He took up the slacks a few inches.[~ + object + up]He took the slacks up.
tak•a•ble, take•a•ble, adj.
tak•er, n. [countable]
on the take, [Slang.]
take for, [~ + object + for + object]
- accepting bribes:Most of those politicians are on the take.
- to assume to be:What do you take me for, a fool?
- to assume falsely to be; mistake for:Whenever I spoke Russian they took me for an immigrant.
- to accept something (as true):Take it from me, I'm telling you the truth.
- to be able to resist or endure hardship, etc.:couldn't take it in the military.
- Idiomstake place, to happen; occur:When will the wedding take place?
(tāk), v., took, tak•en, tak•ing, n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action:to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write.
to hold, grasp, or grip:to take a book in one's hand; to take a child by the hand.
to get into one's hands, possession, control, etc., by force or artifice:to take a bone from a snarling dog.
to seize or capture:to take an enemy town; to take a prisoner.
to catch or get (fish, game, etc.), esp. by killing:to take a dozen trout on a good afternoon.
to pick from a number; select:Take whichever you wish.
to receive and accept willingly (something given or offered):to take a compliment with a smile; to take a bribe.
to receive or be the recipient of (something bestowed, administered, etc.):to take first prize.
to accept and act upon or comply with:to take advice; to take a dare.
to receive or accept (a person) into some relation:to take someone in marriage; to take new members once a year.
to receive, react, or respond to in a specified manner:Although she kept calm, she took his death hard.
to receive as a payment or charge:He refused to take any money for the use of his car.
to gain for use by payment, lease, etc.:to take a box at the opera; to take a beach house for a month.
to secure regularly or periodically by payment:to take a magazine.
to get or obtain from a source; derive:The book takes its title from Dante.
to extract or quote:He took whole passages straight from Dickens.
to obtain or exact as compensation for some wrong:to take revenge.
to receive into the body or system, as by swallowing or inhaling:to take a pill; to take a breath of fresh air.
to have for one's benefit or use:to take a meal; to take a nap;
to take a bath.
to use as a flavoring agent in a food or beverage:to take sugar in one's coffee.
to be subjected to; undergo:to take a heat treatment.
to endure or submit to with equanimity or without an appreciable weakening of one's resistance:to take a joke; unable to take punishment.
to enter into the enjoyment of (recreation, a holiday, etc.):to take a vacation.
to carry off without permission:to take something that belongs to another.
to remove:to take the pins out of one's hair.
to remove by death:The flood took many families.
to end (a life):She took her own life.
to subtract or deduct:If you take 2 from 5, that leaves 3.
to carry with one:Take your lunch with you. Are you taking an umbrella?
to convey in a means of transportation:We took them for a ride in the country.
(of a vehicle) to convey or transport:Will this bus take me across town?
(of a road, path, etc.) to serve as a means of conducting to or through some place or region:Fifth Avenue took us through the center of town. These stairs will take you up to the attic.
to bring about a change in the state or condition of:Her ambition and perseverance took her quickly to the top of her field.
to conduct or escort:to take someone out for dinner.
to set about or succeed in getting over, through, or around (some obstacle); clear;
negotiate:The horse took the hedge easily. He took the corner at top speed.
to come upon suddenly;
catch:to take someone by surprise.
to get or contract; catch:He took cold over the weekend. I took a chill.
to attack or affect, as with a disease:suddenly taken with a fit of coughing.
to be capable of attaining as a result of some action or treatment:Most leathers take a high polish.
to absorb or become impregnated with; be susceptible to:Waxed paper will not take ink. This cloth takes dye.
to attract and hold:The red sweater took his eye. The urgent voice took her attention.
to captivate or charm:The kitten took my fancy.
to require:It takes courage to do that. The climb took all our strength.
to employ for some specified or implied purpose:to take measures to curb drugs.
to use as a means of transportation:to take a bus to the ferry.
to get on or board (a means of transportation) at a given time or in a given place:She takes the train at Scarsdale.
to proceed to occupy:to take a seat.
to occupy; fill (time, space, etc.):His hobby takes most of his spare time. The machine takes a lot of room.
to use up;
consume:This car takes a great deal of oil. He took ten minutes to solve the problem.
to avail oneself of:He took the opportunity to leave. She took the time to finish it properly.
to do, perform, execute, etc.:to take a walk.
to go into or enter:Take the next road to the left.
to adopt and enter upon (a way, course, etc.):to take the path of least resistance.
to act or perform:to take the part of the hero.
Photographyto make (a reproduction, picture, or photograph):to take home movies of the children.
Photographyto make a picture, esp. a photograph, of:The photographer took us sitting down.
to write down:to take a letter in shorthand; to take notes at a lecture.
to apply oneself to;
study:to take ballet; She took four courses in her freshman year.
to deal with;
treat:to take things in their proper order.
to proceed to handle in some manner:to take a matter under consideration.
to assume or undertake (a function, duty, job, etc.):The mayor took office last month.
to assume or adopt (a symbol, badge, or the like) as a token of office:to take the veil; to take the throne.
to assume the obligation of;
be bound by:to take an oath.
to assume or adopt as one's own:to take someone's part in an argument; He took the side of the speaker.
to assume or appropriate as if by right:to take credit for someone else's work.
to accept the burden of:She took the blame for his failure.
to determine by inquiry, examination, measurement, scientific observation, etc.:to take someone's pulse; to take a census.
to make or carry out for purposes of yielding such a determination:to take someone's measurements; to take a seismographic reading.
to begin to have;
experience (a certain feeling or state of mind):to take pride in one's appearance.
to form and hold in the mind:to take a gloomy view.
to grasp or apprehend mentally; understand;
comprehend:Do you take my meaning, sir?
to understand in a specified way:You shouldn't take the remark as an insult.
to grasp the meaning of (a person):if we take him correctly.
to accept the statements of:to take him at his word.
to assume as a fact:I take it that you will be there.
to regard or consider:They were taken to be wealthy.
to capture or win (a piece, trick, etc.) in a game.
Informal Terms[Informal.]to cheat, swindle, or victimize:They really take people in that shop. The museum got taken on that painting.
to win or obtain money from:He took me for $10 in the poker game.
(of a man) to have sexual intercourse with.
Grammar[Gram.]to be used with (a certain form, accent, case, mood, etc.):a verb that always takes an object.
Law[Law.]to acquire property, as on the happening of an event:They take a fortune under the will.
Sport[Baseball.](of a batter) to allow (a pitch) to go by without swinging at it:He took a third strike.
to catch or engage, as a mechanical device:She turned the key and heard a click as the catch took.
Botanyto strike root or begin to grow, as a plant.
to adhere, as ink, dye, or color.
(of a person or thing) to win favor or acceptance:a new TV show that took with the public.
to have the intended result or effect, as a medicine, inoculation, etc.:The vaccination took.
to enter into possession, as of an estate.
to detract (usually fol. by from).
to apply or devote oneself:He took to his studies.
to make one's way; proceed;
go:to take across the meadow.
to fall or become:She took sick and had to go home.
to admit of being photographed in a particular manner:a model who takes exceptionally well.
to admit of being moved or separated:This crib takes apart for easy storage.
- to resemble (another person, as a parent) physically, temperamentally, etc.:The baby took after his mother.
- Also,take off after, take out after. to follow; chase:The detective took after the burglars.
- to regain possession of:to take back one's lawn mower.
- to return, as for exchange:It was defective, so I took it back to the store.
- to allow to return; resume a relationship with:She said she would never take him back again.
- to cause to remember:It takes one back to the old days.
- to retract:to take back a statement.
- to move from a higher to a lower level or place.
- to pull apart or take apart; dismantle;
- to diminish the pride or arrogance of;
humble:to take someone down a notch or two.
- to assume to be:I took it for the truth.
take for granted. See grant (def. 6).
- to assume falsely to be; mistake for:to be taken for a foreigner.
- to permit to enter;
- to alter (an article of clothing) so as to make smaller.
- to grasp the meaning of;
- to deceive;
- to visit or attend:to take in a show.
- to receive as proceeds, as from business activity.
- [Chiefly Brit.]to subscribe to:to take in a magazine.
- to accept or believe something; aquiesce:I'll take it on your say-so.
- [Informal.]to be able to resist or endure hardship, abuse, etc.
take it out in, to accept as payment for services or as an equivalent of monetary compensation:He takes it out in goods instead of cash.
take it out of:
- to understand:I take it that you're not interested.
- to exhaust; enervate:Every year the winter takes it out of me.
Informal Termstake it out on, [Informal.]to cause (someone else) to suffer for one's own misfortune or dissatisfaction:Just because you're angry with him you don't have to take it out on me!
- to exact payment from;
penalize:They took it out of your pay.
- to remove:Take off your coat.
- to lead away:The child was taken off by kidnappers.
- [Informal.]to depart; leave:They took off yesterday for California.
- to leave the ground, as an airplane.
- to move onward or forward with a sudden or intense burst of speed:The police car took off after the drunken driver.
- to withdraw or remove from:She was taken off the night shift.
- to remove by death; kill:Millions were taken off by the Black Plague.
- to make a likeness or copy of;
- to subtract, as a discount;
deduct:Shop early and we'll take off 20 percent.
- [Informal.]to imitate; mimic;
- [Informal.]to achieve sudden, marked growth, success, etc.:Sales took off just before Christmas. The actor's career took off after his role in that movie.
- to undertake;
assume:to take on new responsibilities.
- to acquire:The situation begins to take on a new light.
- to accept as a challenge; contend against:to take on a bully.
- [Informal.]to show great emotion;
become excited:There's no need to take on so.
- to withdraw; remove:to take out a handkerchief.
- to procure by application:to take out an insurance policy.
- to carry out for use or consumption elsewhere:to take a book out of the library; to get food to take out.
- to escort;
invite:He takes out my sister now and then.
- to set out; start:They took out for the nearest beach.
take over, to assume management or possession of or responsibility for:The first officer took over the ship when the captain suffered a heart attack.
- [Slang.]to kill;
- to devote or apply oneself to; become habituated to:to take to drink.
- to respond favorably to;
begin to like:They took to each other at once.
- to go to:to take to one's bed.
- to have recourse to; resort to:She took to getting up at five to go jogging before work.
- to occupy oneself with the study or practice of:She took up painting in her spare time.
- to lift or pick up:He took up the fallen leaves with a rake.
- to occupy; cover:A grand piano would take up half of our living room.
- to consume;
absorb:Traveling to her job takes up a great deal of time.
- to begin to advocate or support; sponsor:He has taken up another struggling artist.
- to continue;
resume:We took up where we had left off.
- to reply to in order to reprove:The author takes up his critics in the preface of his latest book.
- to assume:He took up the duties of the presidency.
- to absorb:Use a sponge to take up the spilled milk.
- to make shorter, as by hemming:to take up the sleeves an inch.
- to make tighter, as by winding in:to take up the slack in a reel of tape.
- to deal with in discussion:to take up the issue of mass transit.
- to adopt seriously:to take up the idea of seeking public office.
- to accept, as an offer or challenge.
- to buy as much as is offered:The sale was taken up in a matter of days.
- [Chiefly Brit.]to clear by paying off, as a loan.
take up a collection, to ask for or gather donations, usually of money, from a number of people.
take upon oneself, to assume as a responsibility or obligation:She has taken it upon herself to support the family.
Informal Termstake up with, [Informal.]to become friendly with; keep company with:He took up with a bad crowd.
the act of taking.
something that is taken.
the quantity of fish, game, etc., taken at one time.
an opinion or assessment:What's your take on the candidate?
an approach; treatment:a new take on an old idea.
Informal Terms[Informal.]money taken in, esp. profits.
Journalism[Journalism.]a portion of copy assigned to a Linotype operator or compositor, usually part of a story or article.
- [Obs.]to arrest (esp. a runaway slave).
- a scene, or a portion of a scene, photographed without any interruption or break.
Informal Terms[Informal.]a visual and mental response to something typically manifested in a stare expressing total absorption or wonderment:She did a slow take on being asked by reporters the same question for the third time.
a recording of a musical performance.
Medicine[Med.]a successful inoculation.
on the take, [Slang.]
- an instance of such continuous operation of the camera.
- in search of personal profit at the expense of others.
tak′a•ble, take′a•ble, adj.
1 . give.
- Old Norse taka to take; cognate with Middle Dutch taken to grasp, Gothic tekan to touch
- Middle English taken to take, strike, lay hold of, grasp, late Old English tacan to grasp, touch bef. 1100
- an opinion or assessment:What's your take on the candidate?
- an approach; treatment:a new take on an old idea.
cap•tive /ˈkæptɪv/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- a prisoner:They freed their captives before surrendering.
[before a noun
kept or held in confinement: captive animals.
unable to avoid listening to something:Her dinner guests were always a captive audience for her stories.
- take or hold (someone) captive, to take or keep (someone) as a prisoner, esp. in war:We took them captive.
made or held prisoner, esp. in war:captive troops.
kept in confinement or restraint:captive animals.
enslaved by love, beauty, etc.; captivated:her captive beau.
of or pertaining to a captive.
managed as an affiliate or subsidiary of a corporation and operated almost exclusively for the use or needs of the parent corporation rather than independently for the general public:a captive shop; a captive mine.
- a prisoner.
- a person who is enslaved or dominated;
slave:He is the captive of his own fears.
- Latin captīvus, equivalent. to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -īvus -ive
- Middle French)
- Middle English ( 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
take /teɪk/ vb (takes, taking, took, taken)(mainly tr)
- (also intr) to gain possession of (something) by force or effort
- to appropriate or steal
- to receive or accept into a relationship with oneself: to take a wife
- to pay for or buy
- to rent or lease
- to receive or obtain by regular payment
- to obtain by competing for; win
- to obtain or derive from a source
- to assume the obligations of: to take office
- to endure, esp with fortitude: to take punishment
- to adopt as a symbol of duty, obligation, etc: to take the veil
- to receive or react to in a specified way: she took the news very well
- to adopt as one's own: to take someone's part in a quarrel
- to receive and make use of: to take advice
- to receive into the body, as by eating, inhaling, etc
- to eat, drink, etc, esp habitually
- to have or be engaged in for one's benefit or use: to take a rest
- to work at or study: to take economics at college
- to make, do, or perform (an action)
- to make use of: to take an opportunity
- to put into effect; adopt: to take measures
- (also intr) to make a photograph of or admit of being photographed
- to act or perform
- to write down or copy: to take notes
- to experience or feel: to take pride in one's appearance, to take offence
- to consider, believe, or regard: I take him to be honest
- to consider or accept as valid: I take your point
- to hold or maintain in the mind: his father took a dim view of his career
- to deal or contend with
- to use as a particular case: take hotels for example
- (intransitive) often followed by from: to diminish or detract: the actor's bad performance took from the effect of the play
- to confront successfully: the horse took the jump at the third attempt
- (intransitive) to have or produce the intended effect; succeed: her vaccination took, the glue is taking well
- (intransitive) (of seeds, plants, etc) to start growing successfully
- to aim or direct: he took a swipe at his opponent
- to deal a blow to in a specified place
- archaic to have sexual intercourse with
- to carry off or remove from a place
- to carry along or have in one's possession
- to convey or transport
- to use as a means of transport: I shall take the bus
- to conduct or lead
- to escort or accompany
- to bring or deliver to a state, position, etc: his ability took him to the forefront in his field
- to go to look for; seek: to take cover
- to ascertain or determine by measuring, computing, etc: to take a pulse, take a reading from a dial
- (intransitive) (of a mechanism) to catch or engage (a part)
- to put an end to; destroy: she took her own life
- to come upon unexpectedly; discover
- to contract: he took a chill
- to affect or attack: the fever took him one night
- (copula) to become suddenly or be rendered (ill): he took sick, he was taken sick
- (also intr) to absorb or become absorbed by something: to take a polish
- (usually passive) to charm or captivate: she was very taken with the puppy
- (intransitive) to be or become popular; win favour
- to require or need: this job will take a lot of attention, that task will take all your time
- to subtract or deduct
- to hold or contain: the suitcase won't take all your clothes
- to quote or copy
- to proceed to occupy: to take a seat
- (often followed by to) to use or employ: to take steps to ascertain the answer
- to win or capture (a trick, counter, piece, etc)
- slang to cheat, deceive, or victimize
- take five ⇒ informal chiefly US Canadian to take a break of five minutes
- take it ⇒ to assume; believe
- informal to stand up to or endure criticism, abuse, harsh treatment, etc
- take one's time ⇒ to use as much time as is needed; not rush
- take someone's name in vain ⇒ to use a name, esp of God, disrespectfully or irreverently
- jocular to say (someone's) name
- take something upon oneself ⇒ to assume the right to do or responsibility for (something)
See also take after
- the act of taking
- the number of quarry killed or captured on one occasion
- informal chiefly US the amount of anything taken, esp money
- one of a series of recordings from which the best will be selected for release
- the process of taking one such recording
- a scene or part of a scene photographed without interruption
- informal chiefly US a version or interpretation: Cronenberg's harsh take on the sci-fi story
, take againstEtymology: Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; related to Gothic tekan to touchˈtakable, ˈtakeable adj
take /ˈtɑːkɪ/ n
- NZ a topic or cause