retake

verb
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
2 : recapture
3 : to photograph again

retake

noun
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 base, built by U.S. forces in 1944, was used as a launchpad to retake the Pacific from Japanese forces and support the American campaign to liberate the Philippines. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "U.S., China Clash Over Trade, Security at Pacific Summit," 17 Nov. 2018 Democrats hanging on to some hopes to retake the Midwest and unseat the Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker who has been pretty resilient in the past. Fox News, "Geraldo on Trump's war of words with Omarosa," 15 Aug. 2018 She was asked specifically about a report from The Washington Post on a slew of Democratic candidates who have publicly vowed to oppose Pelosi should Democrats retake the majority and elect a new speaker. Ashley Killough, CNN, "Pelosi on Democratic candidates who oppose her: 'Just win, baby'," 8 May 2018 The hosts retook the lead through Henry, and sealed the points with seven minutes to go, as former Toffees youngster Francis Jeffers got himself on the scoresheet. SI.com, "Arsenal vs Everton Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 2 Feb. 2018 This policy is widely believed by operatives to play especially poorly with suburban women who are key to Democratic hopes of retaking the House. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump is losing the debate over splitting up immigrant families," 15 June 2018 Picking up after the events of Persepolis Rising, the militant colony Laconia has retaken the solar system and established the first human interstellar empire. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Heading into Election Day, Democrats pinned their hopes of retaking the House, and ultimately the White House, on women and minority voters, particularly in suburban districts. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "AP VoteCast: Trump a dominant force on voters’ minds," 7 Nov. 2018 Current polls are showing Democrats with a decent chance of retaking the US House of Representatives, but the Senate flipping blue is considered much more of a long shot. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle will make the Supreme Court a pivotal issue in 2018 — and 2020.," 7 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Personal style, eye-catching items, the products that are retakes on classics which date from the ’90s. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "What Sold for Men in 2018: Tailoring’s Back, Pants Are the New Sneakers, and the Logo Is Still Big (for Now)," 18 Dec. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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. SI.com, "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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma: Commissioner will waive two make-up days, consider others in hard-hit districts," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of retake

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1913, in the meaning defined above

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retake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of retake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take (something) again

retake

noun

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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