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

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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 Hunters who partook in Kentucky's modern gun deer season took down about 1,000 more deer this year than last year's record breaking 106,804. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department: Record 'harvest' in 16-day modern gun season," 5 Dec. 2019 Joyce’s Gabriel stands, wonderfully, for anyone who at this time of year has partaken of a ritual meal with unbearably mixed feelings. The Economist, "Few tidings of comfort and joy Forget “A Christmas Carol”—“The Dead” is the greatest Christmas story," 2 Dec. 2019 There is a chance the Sounders could be partaking in a bit of gamesmanship with their comments in order to psyche Toronto FC out. Franco Panizo, Pro Soccer USA, "Seattle Sounders ready for Jozy Altidore at MLS Cup, aren’t worried about PKs," 10 Nov. 2019 The all-new design is especially ideal for runners or those partaking in intense workouts in which there is a lot of movement—the silicone tips hold the earbuds securely in place. Susan Brickell,, "Apple Releases AirPods Pro Tomorrow—and the Transparency Mode Is Ideal for Runners and Cyclists," 29 Oct. 2019 In addition, Article XIII contemplates that the NBPA, which licenses player agents, would impose a penalty of at least a one-year suspension on agents who partake in unauthorized pay schemes. Michael Mccann,, "Understanding Why Salary Cap Circumvention Is Dangerous for the NBA," 25 July 2019 The northern central part of the state now gets to partake in poké fun, with the opening of Joy Bowl in the town’s Stop and Shop plaza in September. Leeanne Griffin,, "10 places to find delicious, Instagrammable poké bowls in Connecticut," 12 Nov. 2019 Attendees can expect a grand entry at noon and 4 p.m., as well a traditional hoop dancing, Aztec dancers, foods like fry bread and other symbols of the myriad tribes who partake in pow-wow ceremonies. Sameer Rao,, "November is American Indian Heritage month. Here are 6 pow-wows and performances in Maryland worth seeing.," 1 Nov. 2019 Many of the people who partake in the suppers live nearby or commute by MAX from low-income housing. oregonlive, "Portland volunteers fear new parks permit could stop them from feeding homeless people," 30 Oct. 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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The first known use of partake was in 1561

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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Partake.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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