re·​take | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtāk \
retook\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtu̇k \; retaken\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtā-​kən \; retaking

Definition of retake 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to take or receive again

2 : recapture

3 : to photograph again


re·​take | \ˈrē-ˌtāk \

Definition of retake (Entry 2 of 2)

: a subsequent filming, photographing, or recording undertaken to improve upon the first also : an instance of this

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Examples of retake in a Sentence


They helped their party retake the Senate. He retook the lead close to the finish line. We will have to retake the photograph. Students can retake the test.


The director called for a retake.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Projections vary, but the morning after the 2018 midterms CNN reported that 100 women are expected on their way to Congress, helping push the Democrats to retake control of the House of Representatives. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The 2018 Midterms Saw Women Winning in Record-Breaking Numbers," 7 Nov. 2018 Nelson wants the confirmation process to take place after the election, presumably with the hope Democrats can retake the Senate and force Trump to pick a moderate nominee closer to Kennedy's philosophy. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Court vacancy adds to hot-button issues in Florida Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson," 2 July 2018 Investors cheered as Schultz retook the helm and closed some underperforming stores, and share prices at the chain have been up eight of the last 10 years. Leslie Patton,, "Starbucks plans to open fewer stores in U.S. while closing many in larger cities," 19 June 2018 The students were all given zeros and must retake their final exams. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "80 Gwinnett high school students caught cheating on final exams, teachers say," 31 May 2018 However, the Manchester team responded and retook the lead thanks to Yaya Toure's second of the game., "Manchester City vs Swansea Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News, Prediction & More," 21 Apr. 2018 Millions more may follow if the regime tries to retake other rebel enclaves. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 Maine’s Second Congressional District: in an effort to retake the House, Democrats lean into health care to sway voters Who are the Democrats? Dylan Scott, Vox, "Voters head to the polls in Virginia, Nevada, Maine, and South Carolina.," 11 June 2018 And that would set back the Democratic goal of retaking the Senate, which Republicans currently control with just a 51-49 majority. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "In West Virginia, GOP tries to tame forces of 'Trumpism'," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So when the scherzo movement misfired and required a retake, the audience seemed to care about as much as when a drink spills at a boisterous party, which is to say, not at all. Jeremy Eichler,, "At Rockport, ushering in a new chapter with Tchaikovsky, Golijov, and high spirits," 17 June 2018 For one, the jewelry hawker’s false beard had a tendency to wash off in the Pacific surf, requiring expensive retakes. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 After Eleanor figures out the plot, Michael erases her memories, and the memories of Eleanor’s companions, running them through endless retakes. Noah Berlatsky, Washington Post, "TV is showing us the dark side of playing God," 5 Jan. 2018 After Eleanor figures out the plot, Michael erases her memories, and the memories of Eleanor's companions, running them through endless retakes. Noah Berlatsky, Houston Chronicle, "Television is showing us the dark side of playing God," 20 Jan. 2018 Fortunately, for Klopp's men, the penalty (and lack of a retake) had no bearing on the game in the end as Daniel Sturridge found the net to break the deadlock in the second half., "Former Referee Insists Mohamed Salah Should Have Been Made to Retake Penalty in Huddersfield Clash," 28 Oct. 2017 But the number of teachers getting the award each year, either from retakes or their old high school scores, has been growing, at least in most counties. Lois K. Solomon,, "Florida teachers who want a bonus will sit with students and retake the SATs," 4 Oct. 2017 Schools could have started giving some Florida Standards Assessments exams — including a retake version of the key 10th-grade language arts exam — Monday. Leslie Postal,, "Hurricane Irma: Commissioner will waive two make-up days, consider others in hard-hit districts," 19 Sep. 2017 Costs for both the retakes and study sessions are being covered by the district. Lauryn Schroeder,, "Scripps Ranch parents seek thousands of dollars in damages over AP retest," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of retake


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of retake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take (something) again



English Language Learners Definition of retake (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of filming, photographing, or recording something again

: an examination that a student takes again after failing or doing poorly the first time

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obstinately defiant of authority

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