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
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 If Democrats manage to retake control of the Senate, there will be loud clamor on the Left to use the government's rare Democratic sweep to get rid of the Hyde Amendment. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Ban on federally funded abortions on chopping block next year," 10 Dec. 2020 If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, and Democrats retake the Senate, Biden could push Congress to expand the court. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The shortsightedness of tit-for-tat thinking," 11 Oct. 2020 One other possibility next year is a retirement, especially if Biden wins and Democrats retake the Senate. Mark Sherman And Jessica Gresko,, "Facing a conservative turn, Supreme Court opens new term with a remembrance of ‘a dear friend and a treasured colleague’," 5 Oct. 2020 But Hatzius's note points to recent polls that suggest Biden has opened up a commanding lead over President Trump, while Democrats are in strong position to retake the U.S. Senate. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Biden ‘blue wave’ would boost economy, says Goldman Sachs chief economist," 5 Oct. 2020 Buffalo would retake the lead on Diggs’ touchdown, but Murray’s bomb to Hopkins sealed the deal. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Hail Murray! Kyler Murray connects with DeAndre Hopkins with seconds remaining to beat Bills," 15 Nov. 2020 Buffalo would retake the lead on Diggs’ touchdown, but Murray’s bomb to Hopkins sealed the deal. Bob Mcmanaman, USA TODAY, "DeAndre Hopkins' wild TD grab saves Cardinals in last-minute win over Bills," 15 Nov. 2020 In Syria, where Putin ally Bashar al-Assad wrested back control of most of the country thanks to Russian and Iranian support, Turkey has blocked government efforts to retake the key rebel bastion of Idlib. Henry Meyer,, "Can Erdogan Reconcile With the West? Putin’s Betting Against It," 12 Dec. 2020 At one point, Austin gave Carter a private briefing on his plan to retake Mosul, Iraq, which like much of Iraq and Syria, was under ISIS control. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Austin prepares for grilling on Capitol Hill, as more than just his waiver comes under scrutiny," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Afghanistan will return to night, when the Taliban retake power. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 Picture day — that annual rite of questionable fashion choices, unfortunate haircuts, and retake-worthy poses — is on indefinite hold in some school districts. Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities photographers rescue school picture day for distance learners," 6 Nov. 2020 Police told Fox 5 DC that Wedington was wanted for failure to appear in court and a second retake warrant from the parole commission. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Black passenger arrested in viral TikTok after not showing ID had active warrants, police say," 25 Oct. 2020 The high school junior said most of his classes currently don’t offer a retake option. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified changes grading practices to be equitable, less punitive," 15 Oct. 2020 Sure, there were difficulties and countless retakes. Billboard Vietnam, Billboard, "Vietnam's Vu Cat Tuong Reveals Softer 'Inner Me' With Bilingual Third Album," 3 Jan. 2020 There were no retakes — a business of sink or swim. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gene Reynolds, Creative Architect Behind 'M*A*S*H' and 'Lou Grant,' Dies at 96," 5 Feb. 2020 Gabriel saved Insigne's initial attempt but was judged to be off his line when the forward struck the ball, causing the referee to order a retake which Insigne duly scored., "Lecce 1-4 Napoli: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Fernando Llorente Brace Earns Partenopei Victory," 22 Sep. 2019 The handbook states clearly that students must be in school uniform for fall pictures and any retakes. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: The little girl with colorful hair is beautiful, but there are consequences for breaking the rules," 21 Nov. 2019

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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 2021

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“Retake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of retake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take (something) again


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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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