par·​take | \ pär-ˈtāk How to pronounce partake (audio) , pər- \
partook\ pär-​ˈtu̇k How to pronounce partake (audio) , pər-​ \; partaken\ pär-​ˈtā-​kən How to pronounce partake (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 White House officials will also reportedly partake in the effort, appearing in interviews with Telemundo, All Ag News and radio host Rickey Smiley, who is popular among Black communities, Axios said. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, "Former Austin sheriff's detective suspect in shooting that left 3 dead," 19 Apr. 2021 Instead of a single designer, three of the buzziest names of the moment will partake in the collaboration. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Target’s Latest Designer Collaboration Spotlights The Future of Fashion," 19 Apr. 2021 Outside, the streets were empty, but everyone in that room—from the patients to the people administering the shots—was in a good mood and eager to partake of the wonders of modern science. Howard Markel, The New Yorker, "The Last Time a Vaccine Saved America," 12 Apr. 2021 Even more importantly, said Duncan, unlike many post-COVID patients who are being sustained on ventilators, Lloyd was awake, alert, and able to partake in discussions of about the operation. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Doctors said they had done all they could for this COVID patient. Then his wife spoke up.," 12 Apr. 2021 Those deals are only a small sliver of the SPAC activity this year, as investors, celebrities and athletes have all raced to partake in Wall Street’s new favorite toy. New York Times, "Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets," 6 Apr. 2021 Under the rule, participating team members and athletes are not allowed to partake in any demonstration during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will allow raised fists and kneeling during national anthem at trials," 1 Apr. 2021 McKinley, who grew up just outside the city in Westchester County, was eager to partake in that ongoing story of renewal. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, "Step Inside Lower Manhattan’s Prettiest New Restaurant," 24 Mar. 2021 The fact that more women in recent years have turned to agriculture, and the rise of women-owned, Instagram-famous olive oil brands Brightland and Wonder Valley from Southern California, has led more women to partake in producing olive oil. Flora Tsapovksy, San Francisco Chronicle, "An ambitious new crop of California olive oil artisans is going all-in on creative, flavorful versions," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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