re·take | \(ˌ)rē-ˈtāk \
retook\(ˌ)rē-ˈtu̇k \; retaken\(ˌ)rē-ˈtā-kən \; 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 \

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


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.


The director called for a retake.
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Millions more may follow if the regime tries to retake other rebel enclaves. The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 Maine’s Second Congressional District: in an effort to retake the House, Democrats lean into health care to sway voters Who are the Democrats? Dylan Scott, Vox, "Voters head to the polls in Virginia, Nevada, Maine, and South Carolina.," 11 June 2018 And that would set back the Democratic goal of retaking the Senate, which Republicans currently control with just a 51-49 majority. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "In West Virginia, GOP tries to tame forces of 'Trumpism'," 7 May 2018 The new 1,500 man Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade is designed to retake Japanese territory seized by enemies in wartime, using amphibious assault vehicles and Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Activates First Amphibious Unit Since World War II," 10 Apr. 2018 While the talent is there, the program needs to be finetuned before retaking the field in September – and that starts with the coaching staff. Paul Myerberg, Detroit Free Press, "Too early college football Top 25: Michigan State 10th, Michigan 16th," 9 Jan. 2018 And with the Democrats gunning to retake the House of Representatives in November, both parties have weaponised the issue. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 The roughly 30-channel service, which features WarnerMedia outlets such as TBS, TCM and Cartoon Network, was launched in an effort to retake customers who have cut the cord or have never subscribed to a traditional pay-TV package. Ryan Faughnder,, "How AT&T could use Time Warner shows and movies to compete with Disney and Netflix," 3 July 2018 After watching a 3-1 lead evaporate in the bottom of the sixth, the Mariners answered immediately in the top of the seventh, manufacturing two runs against Baltimore’s wildly erratic reliever Miguel Castro to retake the lead. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Thanks to the schedule, Mariners seem back on track after 5-3 victory in Baltimore," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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,, "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., "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,, "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,, "Hurricane Irma: Commissioner will waive two make-up days, consider others in hard-hit districts," 19 Sep. 2017 Costs for both the retakes and study sessions are being covered by the district. Lauryn Schroeder,, "Scripps Ranch parents seek thousands of dollars in damages over AP retest," 24 July 2017

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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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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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