take part

idiomatic phrase

: to be involved in some activity : to participate in something
Almost everyone took part in the celebration.
She refused to take part in the discussion.
… was sentenced to five years in federal prison in May for taking part in a bogus investment scheme …Mike Freeman
He swore that he took no part [=was not involved] in their activities.

Examples of take part in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Individuals from certain delegations refused to take part in the Eurovision finale. Lily Ford, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2024 In breaking with decades of precedent, the EBU has created a difficult situation for itself — and for the artists taking part in this year’s contest. Louis Staples, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2024 The Times did not speak to anyone who acknowledged taking part in the assault, but interviews, public records, videos and social media offer a window into the conditions that led up to it. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 Even if there was some frantic bidding for the big pieces, collectors were delighted to be able to take part in the auction. Sophie Furley, Robb Report, 10 May 2024 After October 7th, Zach started taking part in actions organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 3 May 2024 Thousands of runners will take part in this weekend's events, which range in distance from tonight's 50 West Mile to Sunday's full marathon. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 3 May 2024 Professor Simon, a sociologist at the University of Arizona, took part in classroom instruction and tactical training in an unnamed Southern state. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2024 While some students confessed to taking part in the beating, others refused to speak to the cops, according to police. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take part was in 1785

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“Take part.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20part. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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