Take Definition

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To get by conquering; capture; seize.
Webster's New World
To trap, snare, or catch (a bird, animal, or fish)
Webster's New World
To affect in a strong or sudden manner as if by capturing, as:
American Heritage
To win (a game, a trick at cards, etc.)
Webster's New World
To capture (an opponent's piece in chess or checkers)
Webster's New World
The act or process of taking.
Webster's New World
The number of fish, game birds, or other animals killed or captured at one time.
American Heritage
Something that has been taken.
Webster's New World
The amount or quantity of something taken.
The day's take of fish.
Webster's New World
Money received; receipts or profit.
Webster's New World
on the take
  • Taking or seeking to take bribes or illegal income:
American Heritage
take a bath
  • To experience serious financial loss:
American Heritage
take account of
  • To take into consideration.
American Heritage
take away from
  • To detract from:

    Drab curtains took away from the otherwise lovely room.

American Heritage
take care
  • To be careful:

    Take care or you will slip on the ice.

American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Take



Origin of Take

  • 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

  • Middle English taken from Old English tacan from Old Norse taka

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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