verb (partook; partaken; -taking) Etymology: back-formation from partaker, alteration of part taker Date: 1561 intransitive verb 1. to take part in or experience something along with others <
partake in the revelry
partake of the good life
2. to have a portion (as of food or drink) 3. to possess or share a certain nature or attribute <
the experience partakes of a mystical quality
transitive verb to take part in Synonyms: see sharepartaker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Partake — Par*take (p[aum]r*t[=a]k ), v. i. [imp. {Partook} (p[aum]r*t[oo^]k ); p. p. {Partaken} (p[aum]r*t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Partaking}.] [Part + take.] [1913 Webster] 1. To take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • partake — ► VERB (past partook; past part. partaken) formal 1) (partake in) participate in (an activity). 2) (partake of) be characterized by. 3) (partake of) eat or drink. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • partake — par*take (p[aum]r*t[=a]k ), v. t. 1. To partake of; to have a part or share in; to share. [1913 Webster] Let every one partake the general joy. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To admit to a share; to cause to participate; to give a part to. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • partake — I verb accept, be a party to, experience, have a hand in, have a portion of, have a share of, lend oneself to, participate, receive, sample, savor, share, share in, take, take a share of, take an active part in, take part in taste II index… …   Law dictionary

  • partake — (v.) 1560s, back formation from M.E. part taking (late 14c.), translation of L. particeps participant (see PARTICIPATION (Cf. participation)). Related: Partook; partaking …   Etymology dictionary

  • partake — *share, participate Analogous words: *separate, part, divide: take, *receive, accept: *have, hold, own, possess, enjoy: *get, obtain, procure, acquire …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • partake — is followed by in or (especially with reference to food) of, and the notion of sharing should always be present. To speak of partaking of a boiled egg if one is eating it all is to take the word beyond its proper limits …   Modern English usage

  • partake — [v] eat, share be a party to, be in on, be into, consume, devour, divide, engage, enter into, feed, get in the act, have a finger in, ingest, participate, receive, sample, savor, sip, sit in, sit in on, take, take part, tune in; concepts 169,225… …   New thesaurus

  • partake — [pär tāk′] vi. partook, partaken, partaking [back form. < partaker, contr. of part taker, transl. of L particeps < pars,PART2 + capere, to take: see HAVE] 1. to take part (in an activity); participate 2. to take a portion or take some;… …   English World dictionary

  • partake — UK [pɑː(r)ˈteɪk] / US [pɑrˈteɪk] verb [intransitive] Word forms partake : present tense I/you/we/they partake he/she/it partakes present participle partaking past tense partook UK [pɑː(r)ˈtʊk] / US [pɑrˈtʊk] past participle partaken UK… …   English dictionary

  • partake — par|take [pa:ˈteık US pa:r ] v past tense partook [ ˈtuk] past participle partaken [ ˈteıkən] [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: partaker someone who partakes (15 21 centuries), from part taker] 1.) to eat or drink something partake of ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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