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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
take /teɪk/USA pronunciation v., took/tʊk/USA pronunciationtak•en/ˈteɪkən/USA pronunciationtak•ing,n. 

  • [+ 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.
    take apart: 
    • 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.
    take away: 
    • 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.
    take back: 
    • 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!
    take down: 
    • 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.
    take in: 
    • 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.
    take off: 
    • 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.
    take on: 
    • 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.
    take out: 
    • 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.
    • [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.
  • 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]
    • 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.
    take up: 
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.

  • n. [countable]
  • the act of taking.
  • something taken.
  • 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?
  • idiom
      on the take, [Slang.]
      • accepting bribes:Most of those politicians are on the take.
      take for, [+ object + for  + object]
      • 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.
      take it: 
      • 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.
    1. Idiomstake place, to happen; occur:When will the wedding take place?

    tak•a•ble, take•a•ble, adj. 
    tak•er, n. [countable]

    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    cap•tive /ˈkæptɪv/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
    1. a prisoner:They freed their captives before surrendering.

    adj. [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.
  • idiom
    1. take or hold (someone) captive, to take or keep (someone) as a prisoner, esp. in war:We took them captive.

    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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