re·​take | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtāk How to pronounce retake (audio) \
retook\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtu̇k How to pronounce retook (audio) \; retaken\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtā-​kən How to pronounce retaken (audio) \; retaking

Definition of retake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to take or receive again
3 : to photograph again


re·​take | \ ˈrē-ˌtāk How to pronounce retake (audio) \

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

Verb 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. Noun The director called for a retake.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Wings converted on their fourth power play to retake the lead. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings get big performance from Dylan Larkin to nip Sabres 4-3 in shootout," 7 Feb. 2020 Down 32-27 at halftime, the Aggies, per usual, came out strong in the second half using a 10-2 run to retake a 37-34 lead into the first media timeout. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Second-half outburst pushes Texas A&M past Missouri, 66-64," 21 Jan. 2020 After Magic center Nikola Vucevic’s dunk with 4:43 left capped a 20-8 run to put Orlando up 91-90, Golden State responded with a 14-2 spurt to retake the lead and create some distance. Connor Letourneau,, "Stephen Curry serves as TV analyst; Warriors beat Magic to end 10-game losing streak," 18 Jan. 2020 The Tigers then capped the lightning four-play drive with a 34-yard pass to running back Travis Etienne to retake the lead with 1:49 remaining. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "No. 3 Clemson rallies to edge No. 2 Ohio State, advancing to CFP Championship Game," 28 Dec. 2019 After Democrats retook control of the state Legislature in 2018's November midterm elections, lawmakers voted to repeal HB 1264, as well as a 2017 law that made registering to vote in the month before an election more complicated. Jane C. Timm, NBC News, "Confusion over a new law could threaten young voter turnout in New Hampshire," 19 Jan. 2020 Taylor was able to retake the lead once more on an open 3-point shot, but Butler responded with a jumper with 59 seconds to go. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB holds off late FAU rally," 18 Jan. 2020 Virginia lawmakers voted Friday to ban guns in the state Capitol building, the first of what is expected to be many votes on gun control legislation now that Democrats have retaken control of the statehouse for the first time in over 25 years. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Virginia lawmakers ban guns at state Capitol in first of many expected firearm votes," 10 Jan. 2020 The Musketeers then withstood two final Arizona possessions on which the Wildcats could have tied the game or retaken the lead. Jason Hoffman,, "Decade in review: The 10 biggest Cincinnati collegiate/pro sports stories from the 2010s," 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gabriel saved Insigne's initial attempt but was judged to be off his line when the forward struck the ball, causing the referee to order a retake which Insigne duly scored., "Lecce 1-4 Napoli: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Fernando Llorente Brace Earns Partenopei Victory," 22 Sep. 2019 The handbook states clearly that students must be in school uniform for fall pictures and any retakes. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: The little girl with colorful hair is beautiful, but there are consequences for breaking the rules," 21 Nov. 2019 The family planned on having Marian's pictures taken on the school's retake day this month, but the Scotts' story went viral. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "8-year-old girl who was turned away from school's picture day over red hair extensions gets empowering photo shoot," 20 Nov. 2019 Other people worry the chance to redo specific sections of the test will give people who can afford multiple retakes an advantage. Maddie Capron And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Students will soon be able to retake specific sections of the ACT," 9 Oct. 2019 This election was supposed to be a simple do-over, a quick retake to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a second chance to form a government and his opponents another shot at running him out of office. New York Times, "How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? The Question Shadows an Israeli Vote," 12 Sep. 2019 Days after Nigeria–France, Argentina was similarly granted a second penalty-kick chance against Scotland; the retake tied the game and eliminated Scotland. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019 On several occasions in this tournament, replays showed the goalkeeper left her line early — and therefore, a retake. Bruce Jenkins,, "World Cup’s VAR replay system tarnishes a great event," 25 June 2019 Bonsegundo scored on the retake, tying the game and sending Scotland home. Sean Gregory, Time, "What Is VAR? Soccer's Video Review Is Making a Mess of the Women's World Cup," 24 June 2019

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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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“Retake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of retake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take (something) again


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

: the act of filming, photographing, or recording something again
British : an examination that a student takes again after failing or doing poorly the first time

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