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

North Bend’s Ty Hampton retakes the national prep lead in the javelin at the New Balance Nationals. oregonlive.com, "Information and enthusiasm is hard to find in Track Town: Oregon track & field rundown," 16 June 2019 Cristiana Girelli saw her effort saved by Sydney Schneider, but the Juventus star was instructed to retake it as Jamaica's teenage goalkeeper came too far off the line when the ball was initially kicked. SI.com, "Women's World Cup Recap: Lionesses Reach Knockout Stages While Scotland Face Elimination," 15 June 2019 The Giants retook a one-run lead on Davies’ first pitch in the bottom half of the fifth, which Pillar sent over the left-field wall, his eighth of the year and more than fair compensation for a running mistake earlier in the game. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants lean on Drew Pomeranz, power to beat Brewers for third straight win," 14 June 2019 On the court, the remaining Warriors gave up the lead before charging back to retake it in the closing minutes, extending their season by another game. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019 The Mississippi Supreme Court has changed the rules to say a person seeking to become a lawyer who fails the bar exam three times must return to law school for at least 12 semester hours before retaking it. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "An interstellar meteor may have slammed into Earth," 16 Apr. 2019 Students who fail an exam the first time can retake it. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "In San Antonio and state, passing rates increased for English I STAAR exam," 7 June 2019 The JoBros, Kevin, 31, Joe, 29, and Nick, 26, have officially retaken the throne as the reigning kings of pop after an extended hiatus full of solo careers (and family strife). Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "The Jonas Brothers' Career Timeline Is Legitimately A Rollercoaster Of Emotions," 5 June 2019 Since February, at least 190 people have been killed as of April 11, according to the United Nations, with all of us fearing that the regime now wants to retake the northwest. Amal Hamo, Teen Vogue, "I’m a White Helmets Volunteer Saving Lives in Syria With the Syria Civil Defense and the World Must Join Me," 19 Apr. 2019

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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The first known use of retake was in the 15th century

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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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