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take

noun

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1 action or behavior that is done in return to other action or behavior
  • What's your take on the announcement that the senior vice president is taking an early retirement?
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2 the total amount collected or obtained especially at one time
  • Who will win the poker tournament and collect the whole take?
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3 something belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual member of a group
  • Because there were so many winners of the jackpot, each person's take will be smaller than expected.
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take

verb

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1 to reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms
  • Take my hand, or we'll get separated in this crowd.
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hang on to, lay hold of

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3 to become affected with (a disease or disorder)
  • If you don't cover your head in this weather, you'll take cold and be stuck inside all weekend.
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4 to decide to accept (someone or something) from a group of possibilities
  • You can take the white side this time, since I got to be white for our last chess game.
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5 to get possession of (something) by giving money in exchange for
  • I'll take two cheeseburgers to go, please!
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6 to have as a requirement
  • It will take a lot of courage to stand up for what is right.
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call for

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7 to make or have room for
  • I think we can take two more in this elevator.
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8 to produce a desired effect
  • It will be a few hours before this medication takes.
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take effect, take hold

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9 to put up with (something painful or difficult)
  • I can't take any more of your whining.
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live with, lump (it), stand for, tough out (it)

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10 to regard as right or true
  • I think we can take his word for it.
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set store by (or on)

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12 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently
  • Let's take each problem separately.
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come to grips with, have a grip on

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13 to offer entrance (as to a place, school, or privilege) to
  • The school takes only a small percentage of the thousands of applicants.
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ban, bar

14 to deprive of life
  • The 1918 flu pandemic took millions around the world.
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do away with, make away with

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take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. 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

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