take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control.
take some salad from the bowl
seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible.
seized the suspect
grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession.
grasp the handle and pull
clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding.
clutching her purse
snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize.
snatched a doughnut and ran
grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch.
grabbed roughly by the arm
Examples of take in a Sentence
She took her things to her room.
It looks like rain. You had better take an umbrella with you.
This bus takes you downtown.
Her office is down that hallway. I can take you there, if you want me to.
He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
She took us for a ride in her new car.
He's not the kind of guy you can take home to meet your parents.
She took her child to one side and scolded him.
I took the pen and signed my name. Take the pan by the handle.Noun
It took us 20 takes to get the scene right.
She nailed it on the first take.
He stands to earn 10 percent of the company's $1 million take on the deal.
She was expecting a bigger take. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
New York City, New York With over 4.6 million views on TikTok, the Union Square Holiday Market takes fifth place on the list.—Kaitlyn McInnis, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Some users set up their Tado devices to make regular use of smart features and also apply manual adjustments when needed—around 20 percent of users in Tado’s key European markets take this approach, says Dennis Scollar, product manager.—Chris Baraniuk, WIRED, 29 Nov. 2023 Steve Harvey Shares the Secret to a Viral 'Family Feud' Moment: 'Pure, Unintentional Ignorance'
Outrageous takes a look at censorship in entertainment from the Vaudeville era to the present day.—Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2023 But then, at the height of the battle, Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter, Autumn, took her own life.—Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 Here are some more takeaways from Latin music’s biggest year on Spotify:
Almost Half of the Top 10 Artists Were Latino
Despite Taylor Swift taking the No. 1 slot over Bad Bunny for the first time after three consecutive years, four of the Top 10 artists on the platform were Latino.—Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023 Some have come out of nowhere, others have taken months to catch on, and all of them could become ubiquitous in the blink of a TikTok clip.—Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 29 Nov. 2023 As a result, Abbott has taken the extraordinary step of endorsing primary opponents for legislators from his own party that voted against his school choice bill.—Jeremiah Poff, Washington Examiner, 29 Nov. 2023 All the photos were taken at night, with most centered around midnight.—Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023
In a take or two, Skrein is all bulging eyes and frothing mouth.—Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 Many have shared similar takes across Reddit and TikTok.—Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Our colleagues at Epicurious reviewed this viral kitchen gadget and their take was a resounding…kinda?—Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2023 Elsewhere, hysterics abound as Traill and editor Christian Hoffman struggle to find a hilarious take.—Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 Allure: How long does your entire skin-care routine take from start to finish?—Allure, 21 Nov. 2023 The latter track is presented in three distinct versions — the original Korean version (on which bandmate JAY worked with producer Slow Rabbit to shape its lyrics), an English cut and a collaborative take with pop artist Bella Poarch.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 At first, [Sonic Life] was going to be this open, experimental take.—Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 13 Nov. 2023 Everyone who follows the movie business has a different take, so parsing these ticket sales could take longer than the film’s daunting three-hour-and-26-minute run time.—Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; akin to Middle Dutch taken to take