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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Power always changes hands, and Republicans are widely expected to retake the House in the midterm elections. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 Irving drilled a 3 to break the tie, and Durant nailed a midrange jump shot to help Brooklyn retake control of the game and end the regular season on a four-game winning streak. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2022 Griffin gave $10 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-PAC that is aiming to help Republicans retake the majority in the U.S. House during the 2022 elections. Michela Tindera, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The Point: If Republicans retake the Senate, Mitch McConnell will be the Senate majority leader. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 But Republican struggles to settle on candidates have left some wondering whether the party will blow its big chance to retake the U.S. Senate. Michael Scherer And Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 Progressive Democrats want the justice to retire before the 2022 midterms so Democrats can replace him before Republicans have a chance to retake the Senate. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2021 Another is whether Republicans retake the House, which also looks likely. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 The panel is working with a sense of urgency to build its case before this year's midterm elections, when Republicans could retake the House and dissolve the committee. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Similarly, the Nasdaq failed to hold its recent retake of the 50-DMA and has broken its 50-DMA and 100-DMA over the past several sessions. Randy Watts, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 How did the Taliban retake Afghanistan so quickly?What's happening now? Editors, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 However, Indiana then missed six consecutive shots and committed three turnovers, which allowed Denver to go on a 9-0 run a retake the lead. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Nov. 2021 Moments later, the VAR forced a retake, ruling Room encroached on Dike’s penalty. Mike Gramajo,, 27 Oct. 2021 More:How did the Taliban retake Afghanistan so quickly? Katie Vogel, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 More:How did the Taliban retake Afghanistan so quickly? Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 16 Aug. 2021 Looming over everything is the potential -- increasingly likely, according to intelligence assessments -- that the Taliban will overwhelm Ghani's government and retake control of the country. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 2 July 2021 More:How did the Taliban retake Afghanistan so quickly? Katie Vogel, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Retake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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