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partake

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verb par·take \pär-ˈtāk, pər-\

Simple Definition of partake

  • : to have a share or part of something along with others

  • : to join with others in doing something : to take part in something

  • : to have some of the qualities of something

Full Definition of partake

par·tookplay \-ˈtu̇k\par·tak·enplay \-ˈtā-kən\par·tak·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take part in or experience something along with others <partake in the revelry> <partake of the good life>

  3. 2 :  to have a portion (as of food or drink)

  4. 3 :  to possess or share a certain nature or attribute <the experience partakes of a mystical quality>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to take part in

par·tak·er noun

Examples of partake

  1. a story that partakes of the nature of poetry

  2. <we should all partake of the city's rich cultural offerings while we have the opportunity>



Origin of partake

back-formation from partaker, alteration of part taker


First Known Use: 1561

Synonym Discussion of partake

share, participate, partake mean to have, get, or use in common with another or others. share usually implies that one as the original holder grants to another the partial use, enjoyment, or possession of a thing <shared my toys with the others>. participate implies a having or taking part in an undertaking, activity, or discussion <participated in sports>. partake implies accepting or acquiring a share especially of food or drink <partook freely of the refreshments>.

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