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take

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of take

  1. 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? Synonyms of take answer, reply, response, reactionWords Related to take backlash, kickback; rebound; recoil, reflex; revulsion, rise; counterreaction, counterresponseNear Antonyms of take action, behavior; cause, effect

  2. 2 the total amount collected or obtained especially at one time who will win the poker tournament and collect the whole take? Synonyms of take bounty, catch, haul, yieldWords Related to take bag; earnings, gain, gross, income, net, payoff, proceeds, profit, receipts, return, revenue, winnings; booty, loot, plunder, spoils, swag; appropriation, collectionNear Antonyms of take deduction, loss, subtraction

  3. 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 Synonyms of take allotment, allowance, cut, end, part, piece, portion, proportion, quota, slice, shareWords Related to take lot, ration; commission, percentage; member, partition, section, segmentNear Antonyms of take aggregate, composite, compound, pool, sum, total, totality; whole

  4. 4 a distinct treatment of something (as a story or a play) despite its contemporary setting, this take on King Lear isn't particularly novel or insightful Synonyms of take interpretation, riff, variationWords Related to take version; adaptation, translation


take

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of take

  1. 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 Synonyms of take clasp, grasp, grip, hold Words Related to take clench, cling (to), clutch, hold on (to); catch, nab, seize, snatch Phrases hang on to, lay hold of Near Antonyms of take discharge, drop, free, liberate, release; deliver, entrust (also intrust), give, hand, hand over, pass, relinquish, transfer, transmit, turn over, unhand

  2. 2 to agree to receive whether willingly or reluctantly will you take that call? took a cut in pay Synonyms of take accept, have Words Related to take accede (to), assent (to), concede (to), confirm, consent (to), OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant; acquiesce (to), bow (to), capitulate (to), give in (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to); abide, bear, brook, countenance, endure, shoulder, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, swallow, sweat out, tolerate; adopt, embrace, welcome Near Antonyms of take dissent (to), object (to), oppose, protest; hold off, resist, withstand; combat, contest, fight Antonyms of take decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, refuse, reject, spurn, turn down, veto

  3. 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 Synonyms of take catch, come down (with), get, go down (with) [chiefly British], sicken (with), contractWords Related to take break out (with); die (from), succumb (to); fail, languish, sink, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither, worsenNear Antonyms of take come back, gain, heal, mend, recoup, recover, recuperate, snap back; rally, rebound, recover (from), shake (off)

  4. 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 Synonyms of take cherry-pick, cull, elect, handpick, name, opt (for), pick, prefer, select, single (out), tag, chooseWords Related to take preselect; appoint, designate, fix, mark, nominate, set, tab, tap; accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; settle (on or upon)Near Antonyms of take disapprove, negative, repudiate, spurn; discard, jettison, throw away, throw outAntonyms of take decline, refuse, reject, turn down

  5. 5 to get possession of (something) by giving money in exchange for I'll take two cheeseburgers to go, please Synonyms of take cop [slang], pick up, purchase, buyWords Related to take acquire, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secure, win; finance, pay (for), spring (for); barter (for), deal (for), dicker (over), exchange (for), haggle (for), negotiate (about), trade (for); bargain (with), chaffer (with), horse-trade (with), palter (with); bid, offer; rebuy, repurchaseNear Antonyms of take deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), retail, sell, vend

  6. 6 to have as a requirement it will take a lot of courage to stand up for what is right Synonyms of take bear, challenge, claim, demand, necessitate, require, need, want, warrantWords Related to take entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulateNear Antonyms of take own, possessAntonyms of take have, hold

  7. 7 to make or have room for I think we can take two more in this elevator Synonyms of take fit, hold, accommodateWords Related to take carry, contain, seat; enclose (also inclose), encompass, enfold; harbor, house

  8. 8 to produce a desired effect it will be a few hours before this medication takes Synonyms of take operate, perform, act, workWords Related to take behave, react, respond; affect, influence, sway; pan out, redound, resultNear Antonyms of take backfire; fizzle

  9. 9 to put up with (something painful or difficult) I can't take anymore of your whining about your former boyfriend Synonyms of take abide, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, handle, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, bear, tolerate, wear [British]Words Related to take allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms of take decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)

  10. 10 to regard as right or true I think we can take his word for it Synonyms of take accept, buy, credit, swallow, believe, trustWords Related to take account, accredit, understand; assume, presume, suppose; conclude, deduce, inferNear Antonyms of take distrust, doubt, misdoubt, mistrust, question, suspect; challenge, disputeAntonyms of take disbelieve, discredit, reject

  11. 11 to achieve a victory over I know we can take that team Synonyms of take best, conquer, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, beat, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstWords Related to take sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms of take fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of take lose (to)

  12. 12 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently let's take each problem separately Synonyms of take address, contend (with), cope (with), field, grapple (with), hack, manage, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, play, swing, handle, treatWords Related to take engineer, finesse, jockey; bring off, carry off, carry out, get off, pull; command, direct, guide, steer; control, micromanage, regulate, run; react (to), respond (to)Near Antonyms of take botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp

  13. 13 to offer entrance (as to a place, school, or privilege) to the school takes only a small percentage of the thousands of applicants Synonyms of take enter, receive, admitWords Related to take entertain, welcome; fellowship; confirm, ratifyNear Antonyms of take decline, disallow, disapprove, dismiss, refuse, reject; blackball, blacklist, ostracize; banish, deport, exile, expel, oust, throw outAntonyms of take ban, bar

  14. 14 to deprive of life I never thought heart disease would take such an athletic and health-conscious person Synonyms of take carry off, claim, croak [slang], destroy, dispatch, do in, fell, slay, killWords Related to take bump off, butcher, cut down, finish, get, ice [slang], knock off, murder, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, scrag, snuff, take out, waste, whack [slang]; annihilate, blot out, decimate, kill off, massacre, mow, slaughter, smite; assassinate, execute, martyr, terminate; euthanize (also euthanatize), put down; suicideNear Antonyms of take raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive; nurtureAntonyms of take animate

Synonym Discussion of take

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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