re·​take | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtāk How to pronounce retake (audio) \
retook\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtu̇k How to pronounce retake (audio) \; retaken\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtā-​kən How to pronounce retake (audio) \; 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 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 Emboldened Republicans are gunning to retake the majority in next year’s midterm elections and are in no mood to extend an olive branch. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Nancy Pelosi Secures Another Term as Speaker, as Senate Hangs in Balance," 3 Jan. 2021 At the same time, investors are eager to learn whether Democrats retake control of the US Senate, setting the stage for massive fiscal stimulus, infrastructure spending and higher taxes. Matt Egan, CNN, "Goldman Sachs: There's a good chance the election outcome will be clear tonight," 3 Nov. 2020 Ron Wyden, the Oregon senator who’s likely to chair the tax-writing Finance Committee if Democrats retake the chamber, has floated ways of taxing investment gains of the extremely wealthy every year, essentially taxing paper profits. Ben Steverman,, "Trump’s Taxes Give Biden Blueprint to Fix System Rigged for Rich," 1 Oct. 2020 Biden is anticipated to fill a vacant seat on the board, and Democrats will have an opportunity in August to retake the majority when the term of Republican member William Emanuel expires. Danielle Douglas-gabriel,, "Labor board withdraws rule to quash graduate students’ right to organize as employees," 12 Mar. 2021 Emmer chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, leading the GOP effort to retake the House majority. Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, "Trump still a force, factor in Minnesota GOP politics," 8 Mar. 2021 The Shabak formed a militia that ultimately helped retake the town in 2016. New York Times, "In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity," 5 Mar. 2021 Shortly after Trump left office, McCarthy hustled to Mar-a-Lago to ask Trump to help House Republicans in their quest to retake the majority in 2022. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "Will Kevin McCarthy’s cozying to Trump make him House speaker?," 25 Feb. 2021 Later on Friday, Greene accused her GOP critics of being the true traitors to the party, citing McCarthy’s efforts to retake the majority. Author: Mike Debonis, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "After losing committees, Marjorie Taylor Greene says she has been ‘freed’ to push the GOP further right," 6 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou saved Haaland's penalty attempt and followed up with a fine block from the rebound, but the referee ordered a retake of the spot-kick after VAR spotted the Sevilla keeper move off his line. Ben Church, CNN, "Erling Haaland breaks multiple records as his goal-scoring streak continues in the Champions League," 10 Mar. 2021 Afghanistan will return to night, when the Taliban retake power. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 Picture day — that annual rite of questionable fashion choices, unfortunate haircuts, and retake-worthy poses — is on indefinite hold in some school districts. Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities photographers rescue school picture day for distance learners," 6 Nov. 2020 Police told Fox 5 DC that Wedington was wanted for failure to appear in court and a second retake warrant from the parole commission. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Black passenger arrested in viral TikTok after not showing ID had active warrants, police say," 25 Oct. 2020 The high school junior said most of his classes currently don’t offer a retake option. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified changes grading practices to be equitable, less punitive," 15 Oct. 2020 Sure, there were difficulties and countless retakes. Billboard Vietnam, Billboard, "Vietnam's Vu Cat Tuong Reveals Softer 'Inner Me' With Bilingual Third Album," 3 Jan. 2020 There were no retakes — a business of sink or swim. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gene Reynolds, Creative Architect Behind 'M*A*S*H' and 'Lou Grant,' Dies at 96," 5 Feb. 2020 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

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Retake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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

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