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

Other Words from partake

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 Junior Jace Schow, who didn’t have to partake in the commencement ceremony, pitched six innings, allowing six hits, one run, walking one and striking out 11. oregonlive, 7 June 2022 Per the Independent, ten million people across the nation are expected to partake in parties and other festivities to celebrate. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 5 June 2022 Though the show deals with some very serious themes, the cast had a blast filming on location in Pittsburgh and even got to partake in a baseball boot camp together. Dory Jackson,, 14 June 2022 The 81-year-old musician, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston last week, is still scheduled to partake in his annual Peace and Love Birthday Celebration on July 7. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Almost all Mexicans partake in the annual tradition, but perhaps no one does with more style than Clase Azul Spirits, the luxury brand behind an eponymous line of tequilas and mezcals. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Creating a marketplace where brands and sponsors can select intelligent, attractive female talent to partake in product advertisements is not. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Not even Julia Roberts, who is currently filming a new movie with Ethan Hawke and Mahershala Ali in upstate New York, could resist a brief two-day interlude to the sunny Riviera to partake in the action. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 1 June 2022 The sun stays up the latest this month, so best to take advantage of it and continue to partake long into the night. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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29 Jun 2022

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“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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