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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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 Yes, that’s the flu vaccine, offered as an annual event that not nearly enough people partake in. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "How Flu Shots Can Help in the Fight Against Covid-19," 14 Sep. 2020 But that debate must not partake of conspiratorial fantasies, and lawless violence must never be on the table. The Editors, National Review, "This We Believe," 25 Jan. 2021 Jones said that about half of her patients will partake in trick-or-treating and half planned to look for safer options. Patrick Connolly,, "How to Halloween safely: Trick-or-treat guidelines from CDC, local leaders," 23 Oct. 2020 The protest first gained national attention when Sen. Josh Hawley announced his intent to partake in the objection, citing election integrity as the primary cause of his concern. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Tom Cotton will not partake in Jan. 6 election protest," 4 Jan. 2021 Under the Georgia statute, Webster said the crime would be merely asking someone else to partake in one of several forms of election fraud, including interfering with the secretary of state’s handling of an election. Washington Post, "In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor," 3 Jan. 2021 The survey by DHM Research found mixed attitudes regarding social distancing requirements and stay-at-home protocols, though Oregonians are much less likely to partake in riskier indoor activities. Zane Sparling, oregonlive, "New poll shows most Oregonians willing to take coronavirus vaccine," 18 Dec. 2020 Similar to their Pepsi Apple Pie launch — which required those eager to try the new flavor to partake in a social media challenge — the brand is only releasing a batch of Pepsi 'Cocoa' Cola if their announcement tweet reaches 2,021 retweets., "Pepsi Is Testing a New Chocolate Drink Called 'Cocoa Cola'," 17 Dec. 2020 Some private-equity firms are increasingly turning to royalties and mineral rights to deploy capital in a depressed energy industry, preferring to partake in wells operated by others than running the wells themselves. Luis Garcia, WSJ, "Energy-Focused Firms Turn to Royalties," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2021

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“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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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