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  1. take
  2. verb

    • 1. lay hold of (something) with one's hands; reach for and hold:

      he leaned forward to take her hand
      Synonym : lay hold of, take hold of, get hold of, get into one's hands, grasp, grip, clasp, clutch, grab
    • 2. capture or gain possession of by force or military means:

      twenty of their ships were sunk or taken the French took Ghent
      Synonym : capture, seize, catch, take captive, arrest, apprehend, take into custody, carry off, abduct, lay hold of, trap, snare
    • 3. (in bridge, hearts, and similar card games) win (a trick):

      West leads a club enabling his partner to take three tricks in the suit
    • 4. capture (an opposing piece or pawn):

      Black takes the rook with his bishop
    • 5. dispossess someone of (something); steal or illicitly remove:

      someone must have sneaked in here and taken it
      Synonym : steal, remove, appropriate, misappropriate, make off with, pilfer, purloin, abstract, dispossess someone of, filch, swipe, snaffle, walk off with, pinch, nick, peculate
    • 6. cheat (someone) of something:

      can I get taken by buying mutual funds?
    • 7. occupy (a place or position):

      we found that all the seats were taken
    • 8. buy or rent (a house):

      they decided to take a small house in the country
      Synonym : rent, lease, hire, charter, reserve, book, make a reservation for, arrange for, engage
    • 9. agree to buy (an item):

      I'll take the one on the end
    • 10. gain or acquire (possession or ownership of something):

      he took possession of a unique Picasso ceramic piece
    • 11. (of a person) already be married or in an emotional relationship.

    • 12. use or have ready to use:

      take half the marzipan and roll out
    • 13. use as an instance or example in support of an argument:

      let's take Napoleon, for instance
      Synonym : consider, ponder, contemplate, think about, weigh up, give thought to, mull over, deliberate over, examine, study, cogitate about, chew over, meditate over, ruminate over
    • 14. regularly buy or subscribe to (a particular newspaper or periodical).

      Synonym : subscribe to, pay a subscription to, buy regularly, read regularly, read every day/week/month
    • 15. ascertain by measurement or observation:

      the nurse takes my blood pressure
    • 16. write down:

      he was taking notes
      Synonym : write, note (down), make a note of, set down, jot (down), scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper
    • 17. make (a photograph) with a camera:

      he stopped to take a snap
    • 18. (especially of illness) suddenly strike or afflict (someone):

      he was taken with a seizure of some kind
    • 19. have sexual intercourse with.

    • 20. remove (someone or something) from a particular place:

      he took an envelope from his inside pocket the police took him away
      Synonym : remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish, confiscate, take possession of
    • 21. subtract:

      take two from ten add the numbers together and take away five
      Synonym : subtract, deduct, remove, take away/off, discount, knock off, minus
    • 22. carry or bring with one; convey:

      he took along a portfolio of his drawings the drive takes you through some wonderful scenery I took him a letter
    • 23. accompany or guide (someone) to a specified place:

      I'll take you to your room
      Synonym : escort, accompany, help, assist, show, lead, show someone the way, lead the way, conduct, guide, see, usher, steer, pilot, shepherd, convey
    • 24. bring into a specified state:

      the invasion took Europe to the brink of war
    • 25. use as a route or a means of transportation:

      we took the night train to Scotland take 95 north to Baltimore
      Synonym : travel on, travel by, journey on, go via, use, make use of, utilize
    • 26. accept or receive (someone or something):

      she was advised to take any job offered they don't take children
      Synonym : accept, take up, take on, undertake, receive, obtain, gain, get, acquire, collect, accept, be given, be presented with, be awarded, have conferred on one, secure, procure, come by, win, earn, pick up, walk away/off with, carry off, land, bag, net, scoop, cop
    • 27. understand or accept as valid:

      I take your point
      Synonym : understand, grasp, get, comprehend, apprehend, see, follow, take in, accept, appreciate, accept/acknowledge/admit the validity of, recognize, sympathize with, agree with
    • 28. acquire or assume (a position, state, or form):

      teaching methods will take various forms he took office in September
      Synonym : derive, draw, acquire, obtain, get, gain, extract, procure, experience, undergo, feel, encounter, know, come into contact with, face
    • 29. achieve or attain (a victory or result):

      John Martin took the men's title
    • 30. act on (an opportunity):

      he took his chance to get out while the house was quiet
      Synonym : act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump on, pounce on, seize (on), grasp, grab, snatch, accept, put to advantage, profit from, turn to account, cash in on
    • 31. experience or be affected by:

      the lad took a savage beating
    • 32. tolerate, stand:

      I can't take the humidity
    • 33. react to or regard (news or an event) in a specified way:

      she took the news well everything you say, he takes it the wrong way
      Synonym : receive, respond to, react to, meet, greet, deal with, cope with
    • 34. deal with (a physical obstacle or course) in a specified way:

      he takes the corners with no concern for his own safety
    • 35. (of a batter) allow (a pitch) to go by without attempting to hit the ball.

    • 36. regard or view in a specified way:

      he somehow took it as a personal insult I fell over what I took to be a heavy branch
      Synonym : regard as, consider to be, view as, look on as, see as, believe to be, think of as, reckon to be, imagine to be, deem to be, hold to be, judge to be
    • 37. be attracted or charmed by:

      Billie was very taken with him
    • 38. submit to, tolerate, or endure:

      they refused to take it any more some people found her hard to take
    • 39. assume:

      I take it that someone is coming to meet you
      Synonym : assume, presume, suppose, imagine, expect, believe, reckon, think, be of the opinion, gather, dare say, trust, surmise, deduce, guess, conjecture, fancy, suspect, take for granted, take as read
    • 40. consume as food, drink, medicine, or drugs:

      take an aspirin and lie down
    • 41. make, undertake, or perform (an action or task):

      Lucy took a deep breath he took the oath of office
    • 42. be taught or examined in (a subject):

      some degrees require a student to take a secondary subject
      Synonym : study, learn, be taught, have lessons in, read up on, work at, apply oneself to, acquire a knowledge of, gain an understanding of, grasp, master, take up, pursue, read, do
    • 43. obtain (an academic degree) after fulfilling the required conditions:

      she took a degree in English
    • 44. require or use up (a specified amount of time):

      the jury took an hour and a half to find McPherson guilty it takes me about a quarter of an hour to walk to work
      Synonym : last, continue for, go on for, carry on for, keep on for, run on for, endure for, require, call for, need, necessitate, entail, involve
    • 45. (of a task or situation) need or call for (a particular person or thing):

      it will take an electronics expert to dismantle it
      Synonym : require, need, necessitate, demand, call for, entail, involve
    • 46. hold; accommodate:

      an exclusive island hideaway that takes just twenty guests
    • 47. wear or require (a particular size of garment or type of complementary article):

      he takes size 5 boots
      Synonym : wear, habitually wear, use, require, need, be fitted by, fit
    • 48. (of a plant or seed) take root or begin to grow; germinate:

      the fuchsia cuttings had taken and were looking good
    • 49. (of an added substance) become successfully established:

      these type of grafts take much better than other xenografts
      Synonym : be effective, have/take effect, take hold, take root, be efficacious, be productive, be in force, be in operation, be efficient, be effectual, be useful, work, operate, succeed, function
    • 50. have or require as part of the appropriate construction:

      verbs that take both the infinitive and the finite clause as their object


    • 1. a scene or sequence of sound or vision photographed or recorded continuously at one time:

      he completed a particularly difficult scene in two takes
      Synonym : scene, sequence, filmed sequence, clip, part, segment
    • 2. a particular version of or approach to something:

      his own whimsical take on life
      Synonym : view of, reading of, version of, interpretation of, understanding of, account of, explanation of, analysis of, approach to
    • 3. an amount of something gained or acquired from one source or in one session:

      the take from commodity taxation
      Synonym : catch, haul, bag, yield, net, revenue, income, gain, profit, money received, payments received, takings, proceeds, returns, receipts, profits, winnings, pickings, earnings, spoils, gate money, purse, bunce
    • 4. the money received at a theater, arena, etc., for seats.

      Synonym : revenue, income, gain, profit, money received, payments received, takings, proceeds, returns, receipts, profits, winnings, pickings, earnings, spoils, gate money, purse, bunce
    • 5. an amount of copy set up at one time or by one compositor.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: take, plural noun: takes

    • v.: verb: take, 3rd person present: takes, gerund or present participle: taking, past tense: took, past participle: taken

    • verb

      lay hold of (something) with one's hands; reach for and hold:

      capture or gain possession of by force or military means:

    • noun

      a scene or sequence of sound or vision photographed or recorded continuously at one time:

      a particular version of or approach to something:

    • past of take
    • past of take
    • begin or fall into the habit of

      form a liking for

    • (of an aircraft or bird) become airborne

      (of an enterprise) become successful or popular

    • be cautious; keep oneself safe

      said to someone on leaving them

    • noun

      a device for taking up slack or excess:

      the action of taking something up:

    • behave in an unduly familiar manner toward a person

      treat something freely, without strict faithfulness to the facts or to an original

    • (of a bird) take off and fly


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