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


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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Step inside local businesses to partake in the Chili Crawl, and delight in the evening parade featuring floats and vehicles that twinkle brightly with lights of the season. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These festivals, ongoing exhibits and community activities offer months of entertainment," 14 Sep. 2019 This is a spread that rivals Jaitley’s now well-known gastronomic indulgences that most of these writers claim to have partaken of. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "By only praising the dead politician, you are being the worst kind of fake," 26 Aug. 2019 On Twitter, a quick search of the term 'Daygame' brings up a worrying number of explicit messages from those partaking in the game. Sara Macauley,, "Have You Been Daygamed? The New Method Men Are Using To 'Attract Amazing Women'," 22 Aug. 2019 Back in 2012, Caron and other researchers partaking in an excavation trip discovered C. falcatus fossils in Burgess Shale, a deposit where fossils are frequently found in the Canadian Rockies. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Anthropod Named After Star Wars' Millennium Falcon," 31 July 2019 Hardly a food to partake of mid-workday, its consumption imposes a breadth of assimilation that is the ruthless enemy of productivity. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Committed to BBQ: Orlando area barbecue champs share stories of smoke and glory," 13 June 2019 To acquaint themselves with this new town, my parents decided to partake in one of Fairview’s popular activities: attending the high school’s football games. Angeli Gabriel, National Geographic, "My mother's journey as an overseas Filipino worker," 10 May 2019 Though young adults and people living in the West are the most likely to use CBD (20 and 21 percent, respectively), people from all demographics and regions are evidently partaking. Marijuana Moment,, "One in seven Americans use CBD, according to a new Gallup survey," 8 Aug. 2019 Eldridge is partaking in his first Oregon State football camp this week, months after calling his former offensive line coach., "Oregon State center Nathan Eldridge calls for advice, and instead finds an opportunity in Corvallis: Day 2 recap," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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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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