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
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 The Afghan military says these Taliban fighters quit to try to save their lives after Afghan forces retook three districts from the Taliban during desperate, pitched battles in the northeastern province of Badakhshan in September. David Zucchino, New York Times, "Captives or Defectors? Taliban Fighters Tell Conflicting Tales," 7 Nov. 2019 The Spartans led set three for the first three points before Fenwick retook the lead, but not for good. Alexander Harrison,, "Fenwick volleyball advances to 2nd-consecutive state Final Four after win over Roger Bacon," 3 Nov. 2019 When the Democrats retook control of the House last November, the impeachment of this most polarizing of Presidents went from an impossibility to a likelihood. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“He’s No Mr. Nice Guy”: Impeachment Comes for Trump," 31 Oct. 2019 In less than three weeks Russia has helped Mr Assad retake much of the north-east, played peacemaker and deepened the wedge between Turkey and its NATO ally, America. The Economist, "Russia and Turkey agree to carve up northern Syria," 24 Oct. 2019 Monday’s court order authorizes von Kahle to begin transfer and sale of property inside the Margate store and allows the Margate building’s landlord to pursue its eviction and retake possession of the property. Ron Hurtibise,, "Still contaminated, locked-down Penn Dutch locations linger as ghost stores | PHOTOS," 23 Oct. 2019 SpiceJet, which Singh retook control of in 2015 after financial trouble nearly crashed the company, has since embarked on an expansion. Jon Gambrell,, "‘I think they have their act in order now’: Boeing gets vote of confidence from India airline with big plans for 737 Max," 23 Oct. 2019 Even if everyone says all the right things for the next three weeks leading up to that game, no one will truly know what to expect until Tagovailoa retakes the field. John Talty |, al, "Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle injury determines Alabama season, Jeremy Pruitt should be embarrassed," 20 Oct. 2019 Liechty also assisted Love’s goal with 3:31 remaining in the game, as Newport Harbor retook the lead. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "Newport Harbor boys’ water polo upends top-ranked Studio City Harvard-Westlake," 12 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This election was supposed to be a simple do-over, a quick retake to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a second chance to form a government and his opponents another shot at running him out of office. New York Times, "How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? The Question Shadows an Israeli Vote," 12 Sep. 2019 Days after Nigeria–France, Argentina was similarly granted a second penalty-kick chance against Scotland; the retake tied the game and eliminated Scotland. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019 On several occasions in this tournament, replays showed the goalkeeper left her line early — and therefore, a retake. Bruce Jenkins,, "World Cup’s VAR replay system tarnishes a great event," 25 June 2019 Bonsegundo scored on the retake, tying the game and sending Scotland home. Sean Gregory, Time, "What Is VAR? Soccer's Video Review Is Making a Mess of the Women's World Cup," 24 June 2019 Teams may still be awarded a retake, but goalkeepers will not be penalized. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Two weeks in at World Cup, USWNT among winners, while FIFA remains a huge loser," 21 June 2019 Should the Rajapaksa clan retake power, that could perpetuate Sri Lanka’s cycle of violence. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Sri Lanka’s latest violence underscores the need for national healing," 22 Apr. 2019 Scotland keeper Lee Alexander saved an Argentina penalty kick before VAR prompted a retake that went in for a 3-3 result that ended Scotland’s World Cup journey. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "VAR prompts World Cup rule change: No yellow for goalkeeper encroachment on penalties," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of retake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take (something) again


How to pronounce retake (audio)

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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