par·​take pär-ˈtāk How to pronounce partake (audio)
partook pär-ˈtu̇k How to pronounce partake (audio)
; partaken pär-ˈtā-kən How to pronounce partake (audio)
; partaking

intransitive verb

: to take part in or experience something along with others
partake in the revelry
partake of the good life
: to have a portion (as of food or drink)
were invited to partake of a dinner
: 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 fortunesA. W. Kinglake
partaker noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web While membership isn’t necessary to partake in the event, Prime members do get the best deals. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 Experts recommend partaking in moderation, and ideally not smoking based on what consequences may be associated. Kaitlin Sullivan, Health, 18 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, in the domain of art and collectibles, tokenization provides a mechanism for fractional ownership, allowing a broader spectrum of investors to partake in the ownership of high-value art pieces. Anastasia Chernikova, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The idea is for runners and walkers of all ages to enjoy some community camaraderie and burn off calories before partaking in their Thanksgiving feasts. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2023 But for teens and their parents who are wondering when someone is too old to partake in the ritual, the topic can be surprisingly fraught. Annie Atherton, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Give into the Valentine’s Day spirit as shops, restaurants, and accommodations all partake in the festivities, offering romance packages, special dining experiences, and red tag sales. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 Also, partake in the Friday- and Sunday-night chef’s tasting menu. Linnea Covington, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 For the special day, Donald even walked Tiffany down the aisle and partook in a father-daughter dance. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from partaker, alteration of part taker

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of partake was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


par·​take pär-ˈtāk How to pronounce partake (audio)
partook -ˈtu̇k How to pronounce partake (audio) ; partaken -ˈtā-kən How to pronounce partake (audio) ; partaking
: to take a share or part
partake of a meal
: to take part in something
all may partake in the ceremony
: to have some of the qualities of something
the story partook of the nature of drama
partaker noun

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