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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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 As many entities and businesses in Southern Indiana are opening up, Jeffersonville is helping youths partake in sports. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "City of Jeffersonville to pay for summer youth basketball camp for 40 participants," 23 June 2020 Guests may also partake in Zoom mixology classes or find an in-room mixology kit to make their own cocktails. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Hyatt CEO talks coronavirus hotel reopening creativity, from rooftop yoga to hybrid virtual weddings," 19 June 2020 Gurley asserts that any fair process for selling shares in IPOs, or all stocks, bonds, or commodities for that matter, most provide two essentials: prices established by the market, and access to all investors seeking to partake in the sale. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Why famed VC Bill Gurley thinks IPOs are such a rip-off," 16 June 2020 Afterwards, partake in a very Swedish tradition, Fika, a relaxing coffee and café break that’s enjoyed daily by locals in the morning and afternoon. Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours in Stockholm," 11 June 2020 With stores closed early, more grocery store, restaurant and retail workers have had more time to partake in the protests which were fueled by the police killing of George Floyd. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Essential workers just can't get a break. Pay lost during protests as stores curb hours, honor curfews," 11 June 2020 In these meetings, as scholar of religion Albert Raboteau has examined, black people could partake in Christian and African-derived worship practices apart from white surveillance and pro-slavery Christianity. Jeffrey Wheatley, The Conversation, "Are religious communities reviving the revival? In the US, outdoor worship has a long tradition," 10 June 2020 Boyajian said more people will be able to participate because the event will be open to anyone who wants to partake. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts to reopen June 16, announces plans for virtual gala," 9 June 2020 Thousands of researchers and STEM professionals, including two prominent scientific journals, have vowed to not partake in business as usual on Wednesday as an act of solidarity with ongoing protests against racial injustice. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Scientists around the world will go on one-day strike to protest institutional racism," 9 June 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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28 Jun 2020

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“Partake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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