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

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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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After five kids, Kristi Piper doesn't partake in online groups anymore. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "MOM FRIENDS | PART 2: Are Facebook groups the answer to finding fellow parent friends?," 3 July 2018 With a walkability score of 93, residents can partake in a world of fashion, restaurants and shopping in their own neighborhood. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "On the Market/Condo Life: Museum District, Med Center area popular for luxury condos," 1 July 2018 In Singapore, all male citizens must partake in national service for two years. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Is Reinstating National Service For all 16-Year-Olds," 28 June 2018 Dobson declined to say what specific agencies are partaking in the probe, which is ongoing. Danny Mcdonald,, "Mass. inmate allegedly plotted to kill a DOC superintendent," 27 June 2018 In recent days, the two have been partaking in plenty of fun together, including a trip to Disneyland and the debut of a new set of matching tattoos. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Did Karaoke to Celebrate Ariana's 25th Birthday," 27 June 2018 In some states, 1 in 4 Americans partake in binge drinking or heavy drinking. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "This is how much beer Georgians consumed in 2017," 2 May 2018 The copious public displays of affection also raised the question of whether Trump and Macron had finally embarked on a true transcontinental bromance or if the two men were merely partaking in an alpha game of one-upmanship. Ashley Parker,, "'Playful dominance': The touchy-feely relationship between Trump and Macron," 25 Apr. 2018 The horrifying activity is allegedly inspired by YouTube videos, and no person, let alone a child, should be partaking in it. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "UPDATED: Teen Scalded by Boiling Water at Sleepover Makes Remarkable Recovery," 21 Aug. 2017

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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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