partake

verb
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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Other Words from partake

partaker noun

Synonyms for partake

Synonyms

participate, share

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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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Not a commitment to FRIES, but enough to have partaken in frydom. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The New York Times discovers French fries aren’t healthy — and also proposes an unexpectedly brilliant solution.," 29 Nov. 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will partake in no less than 76 engagements on their 16-day royal tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Meghan Markle Is Preparing for Her First Marathon Royal Tour," 4 Oct. 2018 For those who don't partake in cannabis consumption, April 20 is a counterculture holiday, where supporters of marijuana take the day to enjoy and advocate for its legalization. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "A joint collaboration: Tempe's Timeless Vapes partners with 'Super Troopers 2' for 4/20 party," 18 Apr. 2018 The tragedies in this family’s life are nearly constant, but Mr. Matuszynski approaches them with a tone that’s matter-of-fact while also partaking in the particular wry irony that has been a hallmark of Polish cinema since the early 1960s. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Last Family,’ a Polish Artist’s Tragic Home Life," 25 Jan. 2018 When a nuke is launched, the entire map knows, which means that the group was joined by a number of random players who wanted to partake in the fight. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76’s first end-game nuke launches, starts apocalyptic battle," 15 Nov. 2018 Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images All this won’t come cheap to those who want to partake. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Playboy Club Returns to New York, Bunnies and All, but Will It Hop?," 23 Aug. 2018 But a number of the movies are available to stream at home for those who want to partake in the history of women’s cinema through the lens of the Big Apple. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "9 great movies that explain cinema’s fascination with New York women," 13 July 2018 Fenty Beauty is partaking in the festivities, with its Two Lil Mattemoiselles set and Mini Fairy Bomb glitter puff packaged in chic transparent orbs. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018

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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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partake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of partake

formal
: 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

partake

verb
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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