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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Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge spent the day partaking in a surprise royal visit to Northern Ireland with Prince William. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Stuns in Colorful Temperley London Gown for Night Out," 27 Feb. 2019 Prove the fun, cool and intellectual aspects that are going to be there for the child to partake in. Christen A. Johnson,, "On college acceptance day, 7 parenting tips for managing disappointment," 30 Apr. 2018 The next step will be for Embiid to partake in the scrimmaging for low-minute guys. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers coach Brett Brown respects the Heat, but won't be rushing Joel Embiid back in NBA playoffs," 15 Apr. 2018 And yet, following some trade-deadline moves and a final-month flurry, the hometown Seattle Thunderbirds gave 4,400 fans another chance last Tuesday to partake in postseason hockey, something that’s become an annual ritual. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "With NHL’s arrival looming, Seattle Thunderbirds, Everett Silvertips in local junior hockey golden era," 10 Apr. 2019 After holding out for two days at the union headquarters, Lula emerged Saturday morning to partake in a street Mass celebrating the birthday of his late wife. Washington Post,, "Former Brazil leader ends standoff over arrest," 7 Apr. 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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