par·​take | \pär-ˈtāk, pər-\
partook\ pär-​ˈtu̇k , pər-​ \; partaken\ pär-​ˈtā-​kən , pər-​ \; partaking

Definition of partake 

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to take part in adventurers who were willing to partake his fortunes— A. W. Kinglake

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Other Words from partake

partaker noun

Synonyms for partake


dine, eat, fare, feed, refresh, victual

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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

Examples of partake in a Sentence

a story that partakes of the nature of poetry we should all partake of the city's rich cultural offerings while we have the opportunity

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Today, the the Sussexes will partake in a series of events in Sydney surrounding issues that are important to them, including mental health support and youth outreach. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears The Perfect Vacation Dress at Bondi Beach," 18 Oct. 2018 And thanks to the latest Kylie Cosmetics release, the public can partake in just a bit of their status as besties. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods Gave Fans a Preview of Their Makeup Collaboration," 16 Sep. 2018 Also, even resorts tend to have activities that tweens and teens can partake in without their parents (falconry and archery are two options at Gleneagles, for example). New York Times, "5 Tips to Enjoy a Tween- and Teen-Friendly Vacation," 21 June 2018 Champagne and mimosas are included or mom’s can partake in the Bloody Mary Bar for an additional $5. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Carolina Gusman,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 Hours later, however, Alexander’s roommate, Rex Casey, entered the same location with the same coupon and claims a server allowed him to sit and partake in the deal. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Coupon for free pizza buffet at North Carolina restaurant leads to accusations of racism," 1 May 2018 He could be seen making diving plays around the infield, hitting line drives all over the field, and even partaking in some friendly trash talk. Kevin Craig,, "Players praise Hagerty coach’s style: ‘Baseball is supposed to be fun’," 28 Apr. 2018 While Stillwell admits to driving the van Lee was shot twice in, the men deny actually planning or partaking in the killing. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Soldiers of Fortune: How 3 Army Vets Allegedly Became International Hitmen," 4 Apr. 2018 Previous research from Japan has found a link between diabetes risk and workers partaking in 45 hours of off-hours non-shift work. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "How workaholic women can avoid diabetes: Go home, study suggests," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of partake

1561, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for partake

back-formation from partaker, alteration of part taker

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English Language Learners 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


par·​take | \pär-ˈtāk \
partook\ -​ˈtu̇k \; partaken\ -​ˈtā-​kən \; partaking

Kids Definition of partake

: 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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