Take meaning

tāk
Take is defined as capture, get hold of, transfer something to oneself or travel by something.

An example of take is making a photograph of a friend.

An example of take is having a drink of water from a cup.

An example of take is having a ride in a taxi to the airport.

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To affect in a strong or sudden manner as if by capturing, as:
  • To deal a blow to; strike or hit.
    The boxer took his opponent a sharp jab to the ribs.
  • To delight or captivate.
    She was taken by the puppy.
  • To catch or affect with a particular action.
    Your remark took me by surprise.
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To enter into a special relationship with.

To take a wife.

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To get into one's hands, control, or possession, especially:
  • To grasp or grip.
    Take your partner's hand.
  • To capture physically; seize.
    Take an enemy fortress.
  • To seize with authority or legal right.
    The town took the land by eminent domain.
  • To get possession of (fish or game, for example) by capturing or killing.
  • To catch or receive (a ball or puck).
    The player took the pass on the fly.
  • To acquire in a game or competition; win.
    Took the crown in horse racing.
  • To defeat.
    Our team took the visitors three to one.
  • To engage in sex with.
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To receive into or on the body, as:
  • To put (food or drink, for example) into the body; eat or drink.
    Took a little soup for dinner.
  • To draw in; inhale.
    Took a deep breath.
  • To expose one's body to (healthful or pleasurable treatment, for example).
    Take the sun; take the waters at a spa.
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To make use of or select for use, as:
  • To move into or assume occupancy of.
    She took a seat by the fireplace. The team took the field.
  • To choose for one's own use; avail oneself of the use of.
    We took a room in the cheaper hotel.
  • To require the use of (something).
    It takes money to live in this town. This camera takes 35-millimeter film.
  • To use or require (time).
    It only takes a few minutes to wash the car.
  • To use (something) as a means of conveyance or transportation.
    Take a train to Pittsburgh.
  • To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge.
    Take shelter from the storm.
  • To choose and then adopt (a particular route or direction) while on foot or while operating a vehicle.
    Take a right at the next corner. I downshifted to take the corner.
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To accept, receive, or assume, as:
  • To accept (something owed, offered, or given) either reluctantly or willingly.
    Take a bribe.
  • To allow to come in; give access or admission to; admit.
    The boat took a lot of water but remained afloat.
  • To provide room for; accommodate.
    We can't take more than 100 guests.
  • To become saturated or impregnated with (dye, for example).
  • To submit to (something inflicted); undergo or suffer.
    Didn't take his punishment well.
  • To put up with; endure or tolerate.
    I've had about all I can take from them.
  • To receive into a particular relation or association, as into one's care or keeping.
    They plan to take a new partner into the firm. We took the dog for a week.
  • To assume for oneself.
    Take all the credit.
  • To agree to undertake or engage in (a task or duty, for example).
    She took the position of chair of the committee.
  • To refrain from swinging at (a pitched ball).
  • To be affected with; catch.
    The child took the flu.
  • To be hit or penetrated by.
    Took a lot of punches; took a bullet in the leg.
  • To withstand.
    The dam took the heavy flood waters.
  • To require or have as a fitting or proper accompaniment.
    Transitive verbs take a direct object.
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To swindle, defraud, or cheat.

You've really been taken.

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To become.

He took sick.

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To get by conquering; capture; seize.
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To trap, snare, or catch (a bird, animal, or fish)
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To get hold of; grasp or catch.
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To hit (a person) in or on some part.
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To affect; attack.

Taken with a fit.

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To catch in some act, esp. a moral fault.

Taken in adultery.

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To capture the fancy of; charm.
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To get into one's hand or hold; transfer to oneself.
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To eat, drink, swallow, etc. for nourishment or as medicine.
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To admit; let in.

The bus takes 20 riders.

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To get benefit from by exposure to (the air, sun, etc.)
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To have sexual intercourse with.
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To buy.

He took the first suit he tried on.

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To rent, lease, or pay for so as to occupy or use.

To take a cottage.

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To get regularly by paying for.

To take a daily newspaper.

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To assume as a responsibility, task, etc.

To take a job.

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To assume or adopt (a symbol of duty or office)

The president took the chair.

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To obligate oneself by.

To take a vow.

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To join or associate oneself with (one party or side in a contest, disagreement, etc.)
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To assume as if granted or due one.

To take the blame, to take deductions.

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To cheat; trick.
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To have or admit of according to usage, nature, etc.; be used with in construction.

A transitive verb takes an object.

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To choose; select.
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To use or employ; resort to.

To take a mop to the floor.

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To go to (a place) for shelter, safety, etc.

To take cover.

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To deal with; consider.

To take a matter seriously.

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To require; demand; need.

It takes money; to take a size ten.

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To allow (a pitched ball) to pass without swinging one's bat.
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To derive, inherit, or draw (a name, quality, etc.) from something or someone specified.
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To extract, as for quotation; excerpt.

To take a verse from the Bible.

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To obtain or ascertain by observation, query, or experiment.

To take a poll, to take one's temperature.

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To study; specif., to be enrolled as a student in.

To take an art course.

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To write down; copy.

Take notes.

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To make an impression of.

Take his fingerprints.

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To win (a prize, reward, etc.)
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To be the object of.
  • To undergo.
    To take a beating.
  • To withstand; endure; hold up against.
    A tire designed to take punishment; she can't take a joke.
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To occupy oneself in; enjoy.

Take a nap.

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To accept (something offered)

To take a bet, to take advice.

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To have a specified reaction to.

To take a joke in earnest.

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To confront and get over, through, etc.

The horse took the jump.

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To be affected by (a disease, etc.)

To take cold.

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To absorb; become impregnated or treated with (a dye, polish, etc.)
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To suppose; presume.

He took her to be a teacher.

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To have or feel (an emotion or mental state)

Take pity, take notice.

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To hold and act upon (an idea, point of view, etc.)
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To do; perform (an act)

To take a walk.

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To make or put forth (a resolution or objection) as the result of thought.
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To aim and execute (a specified action) at an object.

To take a jab at someone.

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To be the way or means of going to (a place, condition, etc.); conduct; lead.

The path takes you to the river.

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To escort or accompany.

To take a friend to dinner.

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To carry or transport.

To take a book with one.

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To remove from a person, thing, or place; specif., to steal.
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To remove by death; bring to an end.

Cancer takes many lives.

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To subtract.

To take two from ten.

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To direct or move (oneself)
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To get possession.
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To hook or engage with another part.
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To take root; begin growing.
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To lay hold; catch.

The fire took rapidly.

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To gain public favor; be popular.
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To be effective in action, operation, desired result, etc.

The vaccination took; the dye takes well.

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To remove a part; detract (from)

Nothing took from the scene's beauty.

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To be made or adapted to be taken (up, down, apart, etc.)
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To be photographed in a specified way.

She takes well in profile.

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To take possession of property.
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The act or process of taking.
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Something that has been taken.
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A vaccination that takes.
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Opinion; evaluation; assessment.

What's your take on the new tax?

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The amount of copy sent to the compositor at one time.
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To get or put something into one's or someone's possession or control.
  • To grasp with the hands.
  • To pick up and move to oneself.
    I'll take that plate off the table.
  • To carry or move, especially to a particular destination.
    I'll take the plate with me.
  • To lead; to conduct.
    Who's going to take the kids to school?.
    I took my girlfriend to the cinema.
  • To choose.
    I'll take the blue plates.
    We took the road on the right.
  • To accept.
    Do you take sugar in your coffee?.
    We take all major credit cards.
  • (military) To gain a position by force.
    After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
  • I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
  • The photographer took a picture of our family.
  • (dated) To form a likeness of; to copy; to depict.
    To take (i.e. draw or paint) a picture of a person.
  • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXIII.
    Jesus perceaved there wylynes, and sayde: Why tempte ye me ye ypocrytes? lett me se the tribute money. And they toke hym a peny.
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To have or change a state of mind or body.
  • To endure or cope with.
    I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.
  • (often with “for") To assume or interpret to be.
    Do you take me for a fool?.
    I take it you're not going?.
    Looking at him as he came into the room, I took him for his father.
    He was often taken to be a man of means.
  • (intransitive) To become.
    They took ill within 3 hours. She took sick with the flu.
  • To enroll (in a class, or a course of study).
    I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.
  • To participate in, undergo, or experience.
    Aren't you supposed to take your math final today? When will you take your vacation? I had to take a pee.
  • (intransitive) To habituate to or gain competency at a task.
    I take to swimming like a fish.
  • To perform or undertake, for example, a task.
    To take a trip; to take aim.
  • To experience or feel, for example, offence.
    To take a dislike; to take pleasure.
  • (reflexive) To go.
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To require or limit.
  • To support or carry without failing or breaking.
    That truck bed will only take two tons.
  • Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down. Finishing this on schedule will take a lot of overtime.
  • To last or expend [an amount of time].
    I estimate the trip will take about ten minutes.
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(sports) To decide or to act.
  • (baseball) To not swing at a pitch.
    He'll probably take this one.
  • (climbing) To tighten (take up) a belaying rope. Often used imperatively.
  • (cricket) To catch the ball; especially for the wicket-keeper to catch the ball after the batsman has missed or edged it.
  • To be the player who performs (a free kick, etc.).
    The kick is taken from where the foul occurred. Pirès ran in to take the kick. The throw-in is taken from the point where the ball crossed the touch-line.
  • Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear.
    The pony took every hedge and fence in its path.
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To have sex with.

The rapist took his victims in dark alleys.

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To fight or attempt to fight somebody. (See also take on.)

Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.

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(intransitive) To stick, persist, thrive or remain.

I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.

He was inoculated, but the virus did not take.

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To use.

Let's take the bus today. This camera takes 35mm film.

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I've had a lot of problems recently. Take last Monday. The car broke down on the way to work. Then ...etc.

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To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
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To bear without ill humour or resentment; to submit to; to tolerate; to endure.

Can he take a joke?

I'm not going to take your insults.

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To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept.
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To draw; to deduce; to derive.

I'm not sure what moral to take from that story.

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To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.
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(often with to mean) To understand or interpret.
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An act of taking.
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Something that is taken; a haul.
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A profit, reward, bribe, illegal payoff or unethical kickback.

He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.

The mayor is on the take.

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What's your take on this issue, Fred?

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(film) An attempt to record a scene.

It's a take.

Act seven, scene three, take two.

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(rugby) A catch.
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(acting) A facial gesture in response to an event.

I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.

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(cricket) A catch of the ball, especially by the wicket-keeper.
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(printing) The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.
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To remove or cause to be absent, especially:
  • To remove with the hands or an instrument.
    I took the dishes from the sink. The dentist took two molars.
  • To cause to die; kill or destroy.
    The blight took these tomatoes.
  • To subtract.
    If you take 10 from 30, you get 20.
  • To exact.
    The storm took its toll.
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on the take
  • Taking or seeking to take bribes or illegal income:.
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take a bath
  • To experience serious financial loss:.
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take account of
  • To take into consideration.
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take away from
  • To detract from:.
    Drab curtains took away from the otherwise lovely room.
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take care
  • To be careful:.
    Take care or you will slip on the ice.
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take care of
  • To assume responsibility for the maintenance, support, or treatment of.
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take charge
  • To assume control or command.
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take effect
  • To become operative, as under law or regulation:.
    The curfew takes effect at midnight.
  • To produce the desired reaction:.
    The antibiotics at last began to take effect.
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take exception
  • To express opposition by argument; object to:.
    Took exception to the prosecutor's line of questioning.
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take five
  • To take a short rest or break, as of five or ten minutes.
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take for granted
  • To consider as true, real, or forthcoming; anticipate correctly.
  • To underestimate the value of:.
    A publisher who took the editors for granted.
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take heart
  • To be confident or courageous.
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take hold
  • To seize, as by grasping.
  • To become established:.
    The newly planted vines quickly took hold.
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take it
  • To understand; assume:.
    As I take it, they won't accept the proposal.
  • To endure abuse, criticism, or other harsh treatment:.
    If you can dish it out, you've got to learn to take it.
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take it on the chin
  • To endure punishment, suffering, or defeat.
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take it or leave it
  • To accept or reject unconditionally.
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take it out on
  • To abuse (someone) in venting one's own anger.
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take kindly to
  • To be receptive to:.
    Take kindly to constructive criticism.
  • To be naturally attracted or fitted to; thrive on.
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take lying down
  • To submit to harsh treatment with no resistance:.
    Refused to take the snub lying down.
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take notice of
  • To pay attention to.
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take (one's) breath away
  • To put into a state of awe or shock.
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take (one's) time
  • To act slowly or at one's leisure.
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take place
  • To happen; occur.
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take root
  • To become established or fixed.
  • To become rooted.
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take shape
  • To take on a distinctive form.
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take sick
  • To become ill.
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take sides
  • To associate with and support a particular faction, group, cause, or person.
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take stock
  • To take an inventory.
  • To make an estimate or appraisal, as of resources or of oneself.
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take stock in
  • To trust, believe in, or attach importance to.
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take the bench
  • To become a judge.
  • To preside in court:.
    The judge took the bench to hear the plaintiff's motion.
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take the cake
  • To be the most outrageous or disappointing.
  • To win the prize; be outstanding.
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take the count
  • To be defeated.
  • To be counted out in boxing.
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take the fall
  • To incur blame or censure, either willingly or unwillingly:.
    A senior official who took the fall for the failed intelligence operation.
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take the floor
  • To rise to deliver a formal speech, as to an assembly.
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take the heat
  • To incur and endure heavy censure or criticism:.
    Had a reputation for being able to take the heat in a crisis.
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take to the cleaners
  • To take all the money or possessions of, especially by outsmarting or swindling.
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take up for
  • To support (a person or group, for example) in an argument.
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take up the cudgels
  • To join in a dispute, especially in defense of a participant.
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take up with
  • To begin to associate with; consort with:.
    Took up with a fast crowd.
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on the take
  • Willing or seeking to take bribes or illicit income.
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take after
  • To resemble (a parent, etc.) in some way.
  • To run after or pursue.
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take a meeting
  • To attend a business conference.
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take amiss
  • To be wrong concerning; mistake.
  • To misunderstand the reason behind (an act), esp. so as to become offended.
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take back
  • To regain use or possession of.
  • To retract (something said, promised, etc.).
  • To return (something), as to be exchanged.
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take down
  • To remove from a higher place and put in a lower one; pull down.
  • To unfasten; take apart.
  • To make less conceited; humble.
  • To put in writing; record.
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take five (or ten, etc.)
  • Take a break for five (or ten, etc.) minutes, as from working.
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take for
  • To consider to be; regard as.
  • To mistake for.
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take hold
  • To take effect or become firmly established.
    The new fad took hold quickly.
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take hold of
  • To seize; grasp.
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take ill
  • To become ill (or sick).
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take in
  • To admit; receive.
  • To reef or furl (a sail).
  • To make smaller or more compact.
  • To include; comprise.
  • To understand; comprehend.
  • To cheat; trick; deceive.
  • To visit, see, experience, etc.
    To take in all the sights.
  • To receive into one's home for pay.
    To take in boarders.
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take it
  • To suppose; believe.
  • To withstand difficulty, criticism, hardship, ridicule, etc.
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take it or leave it
  • Accept it or not.
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take it out of
  • To exhaust; tire.
  • To obtain payment or satisfaction from.
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take it out on
  • To make (another) suffer for one's own anger, irritation, bad temper, etc.
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take off
  • To remove (a garment, etc.).
  • To draw or conduct away.
  • To deduct; subtract.
  • To kill.
  • To make a copy or likeness of.
  • To leave the ground or water in flight.
  • To start.
  • To imitate in a burlesque manner; parody.
  • To become very popular and successful.
  • To rob.
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take off after
  • To run after or pursue.
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take on
  • To acquire; assume (form, quality, etc.).
  • To employ; hire.
  • To begin to do (a task, etc.); undertake.
  • To compete or play against; oppose.
  • To show violent emotion, especially anger or sorrow.
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take one's time
  • To be slow or unhurried; delay.
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take out
  • To obtain by application to the proper authority.
  • To escort, as on a date.
  • To kill; specif., to assassinate.
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take over
  • To assume control or possession of.
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take to
  • To develop a habit or practice of doing, using, etc.
  • To apply oneself to (one's studies, work, etc.).
  • To become fond of; care for; be attracted to.
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take up
  • To raise; lift.
  • To make tighter or shorter.
  • To pay off; recover by buying (a mortgage, note, etc.).
  • To absorb (a liquid).
  • To assume protection or custody of.
  • To interrupt in disapproval or rebuke.
  • To resume (something interrupted).
  • To occupy or fill (space or time).
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take upon oneself
  • To take the responsibility for; accept as a charge.
  • To begin (to do something).
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take up with
  • To become a friend or companion of.
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Origin of take

  • Middle English taken from Old English tacan from Old Norse taka
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English taken (“to take, lay hold of, grasp, strike"), from Old English tacan (“to grasp, touch"), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse taka (“to touch, take"), from Proto-Germanic *tÄ“kanÄ… (“to touch"), from Proto-Indo-European *deh₁g-, *dh₁g- (“to touch"). Gradually displaced Middle English nimen (“to take"), from Old English niman (“to take"). Cognate with Icelandic taka (“to take"), Danish tage (“to take, seize"), Middle Dutch taken (“to grasp"), Middle Low German tacken (“to grasp"). See tackle.
    From Wiktionary