- The definition of taking is intriguing or interesting.
An example of taking used as an adjective is "a taking evening gown."
- Taking is defined as the act of obtaining, or the thing obtained.
An example of a taking is a grabbing of the last cookie.
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- that captures interest; attractive; winning
- Obsolete contagious: said of disease
- the act of one that takes
- something taken
- earnings; profits; receipts
- Brit., Informal a state of agitation or excitement
- takingly adverb
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- Capturing interest; fetching: a taking smile.
- Contagious; catching. Used of an infectious disease.
- The act of one that takes.
- Something taken, as a catch of fish.
- takings Informal Receipts, especially of money.
- Law A government action assuming ownership of real property by eminent domain.
taking - Business Definition
Variant of take
- to get by conquering; capture; seize to trap, snare, or catch (a bird, animal, or fish)
- to win (a game, a trick at cards, etc.)
- to capture (an opponent's piece in chess or checkers)
- to get into one's hand or hold; transfer to oneself to eat, drink, swallow, etc. for nourishment or as medicine to admit; let in: the bus takes 20 riders to get benefit from by exposure to (the air, sun, etc.) to enter into a special relationship with: to take a wife to have sexual intercourse with to buy: he took the first suit he tried on to rent, lease, or pay for so as to occupy or use: to take a cottage to get regularly by paying for: to take a daily newspaper to assume as a responsibility, task, etc.: to take a job to assume or adopt (a symbol of duty or office): the president took the chair to obligate oneself by: to take a vow to join or associate oneself with (one party or side in a contest, disagreement, etc.) to assume as if granted or due one: to take the blame, to take deductionsSlang to cheat; trickGram. to have or admit of according to usage, nature, etc.; be used with in construction: a transitive verb takes an object
- to choose; select to use or employ; resort to: to take a mop to the floor
- to travel by: to take a bus
- to set out on; follow: to take the old path
- to occupy: take a chair
- to use up; consume: to take all day
- to derive, inherit, or draw (a name, quality, etc.) from something or someone specified to extract, as for quotation; excerpt: to take a verse from the Bible to obtain or ascertain by observation, query, or experiment: to take a poll, to take one's temperature to study; specif., to be enrolled as a student in: to take an art course to write down; copy: take notes
- to make (a photograph, picture, etc.)
- to draw, photograph, etc. a likeness of: take the scene in color
- to win (a prize, reward, etc.) to be the object of; undergo or endure: to take punishment to occupy oneself in; enjoy: take a nap to accept (something offered): to take a bet, to take advice to have a specified reaction to: to take a joke in earnest to confront and get over, through, etc.: the horse took the jump to be affected by (a disease, etc.): to take cold to absorb; become impregnated or treated with (a dye, polish, etc.)
- to understand the remarks of (a person)
- to comprehend the meaning of (words or remarks)
- to understand or interpret in a specified way
- to do; perform (an act): to take a walk to make or put forth (a resolution or objection) as the result of thoughtInformal to aim and execute (a specified action) at an object: to take a jab at someone
- to be the way or means of going to (a place, condition, etc.); conduct; lead: the path takes you to the river to escort or accompany: to take a friend to dinner to carry or transport: to take a book with one to remove from a person, thing, or place; specif., to steal to remove by death; bring to an end: cancer takes many lives to subtract: to take two from ten to direct or move (oneself)
Origin: Middle English taken from Old English tacan from Old Norse taka from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form dēg-, to lay hold of
- to get possession
- to hook or engage with another part: said of a mechanical device
- to take root; begin growing: said of a plant
- to lay hold; catch: the fire took rapidly
- to gain public favor; be popular
- to be effective in action, operation, desired result, etc.: the vaccination took; the dye takes well
- to remove a part; detract (from): nothing took from the scene's beauty
- to be made or adapted to be taken (up, down, apart, etc.)
- Informal, Dialectal to become (ill or sick)
- Informal to be photographed in a specified way: she takes well in profile
- Law to take possession of property
- the act or process of taking
- something that has been taken
- the amount or quantity of something taken: the day's take of fish
- Slang money received; receipts or profit
- a vaccination that takes
- an uninterrupted shot photographed by a camera
- the process of photographing such a shot
- any of a series of recordings or tapes of a performance, from which one will be made for release to the public
- the process of so recording
- Informal opinion; evaluation; assessment: followed by on: what's your take on the new tax?
- Printing the amount of copy sent to the compositor at one time
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