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

After watching a 3-1 lead evaporate in the bottom of the sixth, the Mariners answered immediately in the top of the seventh, manufacturing two runs against Baltimore’s wildly erratic reliever Miguel Castro to retake the lead. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Thanks to the schedule, Mariners seem back on track after 5-3 victory in Baltimore," 25 June 2018 That lead was short-lived as Coody birdied at holes 11 and 12 to retake a one-stroke lead. Aaron Nicholson, azcentral, "Coody wins boys division junior golf title at Thunderbird International," 28 May 2018 Green flag on Lap 55: Ed Carpenter passes Zachary Claman De Melo in a hurry to retake the lead. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 heads toward the finish," 27 May 2018 What began as a murmur of self-doubt in Orange County political circles has intensified into one of the Democratic Party’s biggest nightmares: Even with all this momentum on their side, are Democrats about to blow their chance at retaking Congress? Vauhini Vara, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 9 May 2018 In October, Iraqi government forces launched an offensive to retake the area in response to a Sept. 25 referendum on Kurdish independence, which Baghdad opposed. NBC News, "Erdogan says 'operations' start against Kurdish PKK in Iraq," 26 Mar. 2018 And California now looms as prime territory for Democrats seeking to retake Congress next year. Adam Nagourney And Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Visit Behind the Lines: President Trump Heads to California," 12 Mar. 2018 Party centrists worry that tying the fate of undocumented immigrants — even those who grew up as Americans — to a bill to keep the government open could prompt a backlash from voters and kill their hopes of retaking Congress next fall. Lisa Mascaro,, "On first day of partial government shutdown, Democrats' strategy poses some risks," 20 Jan. 2018 Preece went low to retake the lead before the close of the lap. Shawn Courchesne,, "Preece Holds Off Rocco for SK Modified Win At Thompson Speedwa," 15 July 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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