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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

take /teɪk/ vb (takes, taking, took, taken)(mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to gain possession of (something) by force or effort
  2. to appropriate or steal
  3. to receive or accept into a relationship with oneself: to take a wife
  4. to pay for or buy
  5. to rent or lease
  6. to receive or obtain by regular payment
  7. to obtain by competing for; win
  8. to obtain or derive from a source
  9. to assume the obligations of: to take office
  10. to endure, esp with fortitude: to take punishment
  11. to adopt as a symbol of duty, obligation, etc: to take the veil
  12. to receive or react to in a specified way: she took the news very well
  13. to adopt as one's own: to take someone's part in a quarrel
  14. to receive and make use of: to take advice
  15. to receive into the body, as by eating, inhaling, etc
  16. to eat, drink, etc, esp habitually
  17. to have or be engaged in for one's benefit or use: to take a rest
  18. to work at or study: to take economics at college
  19. to make, do, or perform (an action)
  20. to make use of: to take an opportunity
  21. to put into effect; adopt: to take measures
  22. (also intr) to make a photograph of or admit of being photographed
  23. to act or perform
  24. to write down or copy: to take notes
  25. to experience or feel: to take pride in one's appearance, to take offence
  26. to consider, believe, or regard: I take him to be honest
  27. to consider or accept as valid: I take your point
  28. to hold or maintain in the mind: his father took a dim view of his career
  29. to deal or contend with
  30. to use as a particular case: take hotels for example
  31. (intransitive) often followed by from: to diminish or detract: the actor's bad performance took from the effect of the play
  32. to confront successfully: the horse took the jump at the third attempt
  33. (intransitive) to have or produce the intended effect; succeed: her vaccination took, the glue is taking well
  34. (intransitive) (of seeds, plants, etc) to start growing successfully
  35. to aim or direct: he took a swipe at his opponent
  36. to deal a blow to in a specified place
  37. archaic to have sexual intercourse with
  38. to carry off or remove from a place
  39. to carry along or have in one's possession
  40. to convey or transport
  41. to use as a means of transport: I shall take the bus
  42. to conduct or lead
  43. to escort or accompany
  44. to bring or deliver to a state, position, etc: his ability took him to the forefront in his field
  45. to go to look for; seek: to take cover
  46. to ascertain or determine by measuring, computing, etc: to take a pulse, take a reading from a dial
  47. (intransitive) (of a mechanism) to catch or engage (a part)
  48. to put an end to; destroy: she took her own life
  49. to come upon unexpectedly; discover
  50. to contract: he took a chill
  51. to affect or attack: the fever took him one night
  52. (copula) to become suddenly or be rendered (ill): he took sick, he was taken sick
  53. (also intr) to absorb or become absorbed by something: to take a polish
  54. (usually passive) to charm or captivate: she was very taken with the puppy
  55. (intransitive) to be or become popular; win favour
  56. to require or need: this job will take a lot of attention, that task will take all your time
  57. to subtract or deduct
  58. to hold or contain: the suitcase won't take all your clothes
  59. to quote or copy
  60. to proceed to occupy: to take a seat
  61. (often followed by to) to use or employ: to take steps to ascertain the answer
  62. to win or capture (a trick, counter, piece, etc)
  63. slang to cheat, deceive, or victimize
  64. take fiveinformal chiefly US Canadian to take a break of five minutes
  65. take itto assume; believe
  66. informal to stand up to or endure criticism, abuse, harsh treatment, etc
  67. take one's timeto use as much time as is needed; not rush
  68. take someone's name in vainto use a name, esp of God, disrespectfully or irreverently
  69. jocular to say (someone's) name
  70. take something upon oneselfto assume the right to do or responsibility for (something)
  1. the act of taking
  2. the number of quarry killed or captured on one occasion
  3. informal chiefly US the amount of anything taken, esp money
  4. one of a series of recordings from which the best will be selected for release
  5. the process of taking one such recording
  6. a scene or part of a scene photographed without interruption
  7. informal chiefly US a version or interpretation: Cronenberg's harsh take on the sci-fi story

See also take after, take againstEtymology: Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; related to Gothic tekan to touch

ˈtakable, ˈtakeable adj
take /ˈtɑːkɪ/ n
  1. NZ a topic or cause
Etymology: Māori

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