take
I. verb (took; taken; taking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; akin to Middle Dutch taken to take Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: as a. to seize or capture physically <
took them as prisoners
>
b. to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing c. (1) to move against (as an opponent's piece in chess) and remove from play (2) to win in a card game <
able to take 12 tricks
>
d. to acquire by eminent domain 2. grasp, grip <
take the ax by the handle
>
3. a. to catch or attack through the effect of a sudden force or influence <
taken with a fit of laughing
>
<
taken ill
>
b. to catch or come upon in a particular situation or action <
was taken unawares
>
c. to gain the approval or liking of ; captivate, delight <
was quite taken with her at their first meeting
>
4. a. to receive into one's body (as by swallowing, drinking, or inhaling) <
take a pill
>
b. to put oneself into (as sun, air, or water) for pleasure or physical benefit c. to partake of ; eat <
takes dinner about seven
>
5. a. to bring or receive into a relation or connection <
takes just four students a year
>
<
it's time he took a wife
>
b. to copulate with 6. to transfer into one's own keeping: a. appropriate <
someone took my hat
>
b. to obtain or secure for use (as by lease, subscription, or purchase) <
take a cottage for the summer
>
<
I'll take the red one
>
<
took an ad in the paper
>
7. a. assume <
gods often took the likeness of a human being
>
<
when the college took its present form
>
b. (1) to enter into or undertake the duties of <
take a job
>
<
take office
>
(2) to move onto or into ; move into position on <
the home team took the field
>
<
take the witness stand
>
c. (1) to bind oneself by <
take the oath of office
>
(2) to make (a decision) especially with finality or authority d. to impose upon oneself <
take the trouble to do good work
>
<
take pains to make her feel welcome
>
e. (1) to adopt as one's own <
take a stand on the issue
>
<
take an interest
>
(2) to align or ally oneself with <
mother took his side
>
f. to assume as if rightfully one's own or as if granted <
take the credit
>
g. to accept the burden or consequences of <
took the blame
>
h. to have or assume as a proper part of or accompaniment to itself <
transitive verbs take an object
>
8. a. to secure by winning in competition <
took first place
>
b. defeat 9. to pick out ; choose, select <
took the best apple
>
10. to adopt, choose, or avail oneself of for use: as a. to have recourse to as an instrument for doing something <
take a scythe to the weeds
>
b. to use as a means of transportation or progression <
take the bus
>
c. to have recourse to for safety or refuge <
take shelter
>
d. to go along, into, or through <
took a different route
>
e. (1) to proceed to occupy <
take a seat in the rear
>
(2) to use up (as space or time) <
takes a long time to dry
>
(3) need, require <
takes a size nine shoe
>
<
it takes two to start a fight
>
11. a. to obtain by deriving from a source ; draw <
takes its title from the name of the hero
>
b. (1) to obtain as the result of a special procedure ; ascertain <
take the temperature
>
<
take a census
>
(2) to get in or as if in writing <
take notes
>
<
take an inventory
>
(3) to get by drawing or painting or by photography <
take a snapshot
>
(4) to get by transference from one surface to another <
take a proof
>
<
take fingerprints
>
12. to receive or accept whether willingly or reluctantly <
take a bribe
>
<
will you take this call
>
<
take a bet
>
: as a. (1) to submit to ; endure <
take a cut in pay
>
(2) withstand <
it will take a lot of punishment
>
(3) suffer <
took a direct hit
>
b. (1) to accept as true ; believe <
I'll take your word for it
>
(2) follow <
take my advice
>
(3) to accept or regard with the mind in a specified way <
took the news hard
>
<
you take yourself too seriously
>
c. to indulge in and enjoy <
was taking his ease on the porch
>
d. to receive or accept as a return (as in payment, compensation, or reparation) <
we don't take credit cards
>
e. to accept in a usually professional relationship — often used with on <
agreed to take him on as a client
>
f. to refrain from hitting at (a pitched ball) <
take a strike
>
13. a. (1) to let in ; admit <
the boat was taking water fast
>
(2) accommodate <
the suitcase wouldn't take another thing
>
b. to be affected injuriously by (as a disease) ; contract <
take cold
>
; also to be seized by <
take a fit
>
<
take fright
>
c. to absorb or become impregnated with (as dye); also to be effectively treated by <
a surface that takes a fine polish
>
14. a. apprehend, understand <
how should I take your remark
>
b. consider, suppose <
I take it you're not going
>
c. reckon, accept <
taking a stride at 30 inches
>
d. feel, experience <
take pleasure
>
<
take an instant dislike to someone
>
<
take offense
>
15. a. to lead, carry, or cause to go along to another place <
this bus will take you into town
>
<
took an umbrella with her
>
b. to cause to move to a specified state, condition, or sphere of activity <
took the company public
>
<
took his team to the finals
>
c. to stop prescribing a specified regimen to — used with off <
took him off the medication
>
16. a. remove <
take eggs from a nest
>
b. (1) to put an end to (life) (2) to remove by death <
was taken in his prime
>
c. subtract <
take two from four
>
d. exact <
the weather took its toll
>
17. a. to undertake and make, do, or perform <
take a walk
>
<
take aim
>
<
take legal action
>
<
take a test
>
<
take a look
>
b. to participate in <
take a meeting
>
18. a. to deal with <
take first things first
>
b. to consider or view in a particular relation <
taken together, the details were significant
>
; especially to consider as an example <
take style, for instance
>
c. (1) to apply oneself to the study of <
take music lessons
>
<
take French
>
(2) to study for especially successfully <
taking a degree in engineering
>
<
took holy orders
>
19. to obtain money from especially fraudulently <
took me for all I had
>
20. to pass or attempt to pass through, along, or over <
took the curve too fast
>
<
take the stairs two at a time
>
intransitive verb 1. to obtain possession: as a. capture b. to receive property under law as one's own 2. to lay hold ; catch, hold 3. to establish a take especially by uniting or growing <
90 percent of the grafts take
>
4. a. to betake oneself ; set out ; go <
take after a purse snatcher
>
b. chiefly dialect — used as an intensifier or redundantly with a following verb <
took and swung at the ball
>
5. a. to take effect ; act, operate <
hoped the lesson he taught would take
>
b. to show the natural or intended effect <
dry fuel takes readily
>
6. charm, captivate <
a taking smile
>
7. detract 8. to be seized or attacked in a specified way ; become <
took sick
>
taker noun Synonyms: 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
>
. II. noun Date: 1654 1. something that is taken: a. the amount of money received ; proceeds, receipts, income b. share, cut <
wanted a bigger take
>
c. the number or quantity (as of animals, fish, or pelts) taken at one time ; catch, haul d. a section or installment done as a unit or at one time e. (1) a scene filmed or televised at one time without stopping the camera (2) a sound recording made during a single recording period; especially a trial recording 2. an act or the action of taking: as a. the action of killing, capturing, or catching (as game or fish) b. (1) the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene (2) the making of a sound recording 3. a. a local or systemic reaction indicative of successful vaccination (as against smallpox) b. a successful union (as of a graft) 4. a visible response or reaction (as to something unexpected) <
a delayed take
>
5. a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment <
was asked for her take on recent developments
>
; also a distinct treatment or variation <
a new take on an old style
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Take — Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. Shak. [1913 Webster] When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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