Definition of take
1 : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: asa : to seize or capture physically <took them as prisoners>b : to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturingc (1) : to move against (as an opponent's piece in chess) and remove from play (2) : to win in a card game <able to take 12 tricks>d : to acquire by eminent domain
3a : to catch or attack through the effect of a sudden force or influence <taken with a fit of laughing> <taken ill>b : to catch or come upon in a particular situation or action <was taken unawares>c : to gain the approval or liking of : captivate, delight <was quite taken with her at their first meeting>
4a : to receive into one's body (as by swallowing, drinking, or inhaling) <take a pill>b : to put oneself into (as sun, air, or water) for pleasure or physical benefitc : to partake of : eat <takes dinner about seven>
5a : to bring or receive into a relation or connection <takes just four students a year> <it's time he took a wife>b : to copulate with
6 : to transfer into one's own keeping:a : appropriate <someone took my hat>b : to obtain or secure for use (as by lease, subscription, or purchase) <take a cottage for the summer> <I'll take the red one> <took an ad in the paper>
7a : assume <gods often took the likeness of a human being> <when the college took its present form>b (1) : to enter into or undertake the duties of <take a job> <take office> (2) : to move onto or into : move into position on <the home team took the field> <take the witness stand>c (1) : to bind oneself by <take the oath of office> (2) : to make (a decision) especially with finality or authorityd : to impose upon oneself <take the trouble to do good work> <take pains to make her feel welcome>e (1) : to adopt as one's own <take a stand on the issue> <take an interest> (2) : to align or ally oneself with <mother took his side>f : to assume as if rightfully one's own or as if granted <take the credit>g : to accept the burden or consequences of <took the blame>h : to have or assume as a proper part of or accompaniment to itself <transitive verbs take an object>
8a : to secure by winning in competition <took first place>b : defeat
Examples of take
She took her things to her room.
It looks like rain. You had better take an umbrella with you.
This bus takes you downtown.
Her office is down that hallway. I can take you there, if you want me to.
He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
She took us for a ride in her new car.
He's not the kind of guy you can take home to meet your parents.
She took her child to one side and scolded him.
I took the pen and signed my name.
Take the pan by the handle.
Origin of take
Middle English, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; akin to Middle Dutch taken to take
First Known Use: before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of take
Definition of take
1 : something that is taken:a : the amount of money received : proceeds, receipts, incomeb : share, cut <wanted a bigger take>c : the number or quantity (as of animals, fish, or pelts) taken at one time : catch, hauld : a section or installment done as a unit or at one timee (1) : a scene filmed or televised at one time without stopping the camera (2) : a sound recording made during a single recording period; especially : a trial recording
2 : an act or the action of taking: asa : the action of killing, capturing, or catching (as game or fish)b (1) : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene (2) : the making of a sound recording
3a : a local or systemic reaction indicative of successful vaccination (as against smallpox)b : a successful union (as of a graft)
4 : a visible response or reaction (as to something unexpected) <a delayed take>
5 : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment <was asked for her take on recent developments>; also : a distinct treatment or variation <a new take on an old style>
: illegally paid for favors
Examples of take
It took us 20 takes to get the scene right.
She nailed it on the first take.
He stands to earn 10 percent of the company's $1 million take on the deal.
She was expecting a bigger take.
First Known Use of take
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