par·​take | \ pär-ˈtāk How to pronounce partake (audio) , pər- \
partook\ pär-​ˈtu̇k How to pronounce partook (audio) , pər-​ \; partaken\ pär-​ˈtā-​kən How to pronounce partaken (audio) , 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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partaker noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But young adults, urbanites and others are also far less likely to partake in hunting. USA TODAY, "‘Embracing tree,’ buffalo retirement, castaway cows: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 And along with helping the earth, composting helps those who partake, Sommers says. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Want to start composting this Earth Day? Here are 5 tips from metro Phoenix gardeners," 15 Apr. 2020 As a result, undocumented immigrants in South Bend have been able to partake in many routine aspects of daily life without fear that their names or immigration status might end up in the hands of authorities or anti-immigrant groups. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Buttigieg campaign slams lawsuit against South Bend program aiding undocumented immigrants," 7 Aug. 2019 The cast members grew up partaking in the same cultural traditions and now face that familiar (sometimes overly emphasized) dichotomy between Eastern and Western lifestyles. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Kidding’ and ‘The Outsider’," 8 Mar. 2020 Fans and future racers descended on State Farm Stadium Saturday, partaking in mini-games and cash-prize contests, along with other fan-fest activities leading up to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross races. Rob Kleifield, azcentral, "Ken Roczen dominates Monster Energy's supercross showdown at State Farm Stadium," 26 Jan. 2020 Inside the dinner, hosted by actor Hugh Sheridan, the guests were treated to a premium Australian food and wine experience while partaking in a silent auction to raise funds. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "5 Seconds of Summer Perform New Song 'Red Desert' & More Highlights From the G'Day USA Event," 26 Jan. 2020 Overtraining occurs when a person partakes in too much physical training with too little rest and recovery after hard workouts. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 signs you're working out too hard," 19 Sep. 2019 The group gathered here on this muggy Thursday is partaking in what, for some families, is a rite of passage: the summer college tour. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Fine Line Campus Tour Guides Walk—Backwards," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of partake was in 1561

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce partake (audio) \
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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