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 Guests will either partake in lunch or dinner aboard the aircraft. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Tickets for $540 First-class Dinners Aboard Parked Airplane Sell Out at Tokyo Airport," 1 Apr. 2021 The nonprofit American Heart Association recommends adults partake in 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, like jump roping, each week. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "5 best jump ropes of 2021 for beginners and workouts," 30 Mar. 2021 Reading a book on the train is a tale-old tradition many BART riders partake in. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "A little literature while you wait: BART installs short-story dispensers at 3 stations," 25 Mar. 2021 However, neither the Senate majority leader, Andrew Stewart-Cousins, nor Hochul can partake in the trial. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Cuomo impeachment inquiry: How an investigation and trial would unfold," 13 Mar. 2021 See porcupines, wolves, wild cats, and more at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, soak in the splendor of Sitting Bull Falls, and swim or partake in an afternoon of fishing and boating at the Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area. Tarah Chieffi, USA TODAY, "Top spots for socially distant, family-friendly weekend getaways: North Carolina, Montana," 16 Mar. 2021 The fashion magazine usually hosts a swanky soirée afterparty where celebs partake in the buzzy social media experience. Colleen Kratofil,, "The Best InStyle Elevator Moments from the 2021 Golden Globes," 28 Feb. 2021 Woodson believed that Black people must know their history to intelligently partake in the advantages America has to offer. Dahleen Glanton, Star Tribune, "Let this be the last Black History Month," 26 Feb. 2021 Poland, which has been vying for G-20 membership, is not yet a member and will not partake. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Mexican president wants international campaign against social media censorship," 15 Jan. 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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6 Apr 2021

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“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 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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