verb par·take \ pär-ˈtāk , pər- \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of partake

partook play \pär-ˈtu̇k, pər-\; partaken play \pär-ˈtā-kən, pər-\; partaking
1 : to take part in or experience something along with others
  • partake in the revelry
  • partake of the good life
2 : to have a portion (as of food or drink)
  • were invited to partake of a dinner
3 : to possess or share a certain nature or attribute
  • the experience partakes of a mystical quality
  • partake in each other's sorrows and joys
: to take part in
  • adventurers who were willing to partake his fortunes
  • —A. W. Kinglake



Examples of partake in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of partake

back-formation from partaker, alteration of part taker

partake Synonyms


dine, eat, fare, feed, refresh;

Near Antonyms

diet, fast;


break bread;

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

PARTAKE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of partake for English Language Learners

  • : 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

PARTAKE Defined for Kids


verb par·take \ pär-ˈtāk \

Definition of partake for Students

partook \-ˈtu̇k\; partaken \-ˈtā-kən\; partaking
: to take a share or part
  • “Refreshments are in the next room, if you care to partake of them.”
  • —Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

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