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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Wednesday night, authorities ordered people to stay home in Almaty as security forces moved to retake control after a day of violent unrest. James Marson, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Republicans are currently favored to retake control of the House of Representatives next year as midterm elections typically go badly for the party in the White House. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Virtually every political pundit looking at the national political environment is predicting that Republicans are a favorite to retake control of the House and are a decent bet to swing the Senate as well. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 In the ensuing decades, numerous efforts by the city to retake control of the department failed. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 When Utah backup quarterback Bryson Barnes and Dalton Kincaid connected for a game-tying 15-yard touchdown with 1:47 to play, everyone knew that left OSU plenty of time to retake the lead. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2022 And even after conceding the penalty in the 57th — which referee Stuart Attwell initially waved off before changing his mind after reviewing replays on a pitchside monitor — the hosts had a chance to retake the lead right away. Rob Harris, ajc, 1 Jan. 2022 But Maalik Murphy found running back Troy Crozier wide open to complete a 75-yard touchdown pass with 3:05 left to retake the lead. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2021 But the Hurricanes scored nine of the game’s next 14 points to retake the lead at 48-47 with 5:18 left and maintained that one-point edge until the start of the fourth quarter at 60-59. Edward Lee,, 2 Dec. 2021 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

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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 Jan 2022

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“Retake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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