Definitions of take

  1. be designed to hold or take; " This surface will not take the dye"
  2. make use of or accept for some purpose; " take a risk"; " take an opportunity"
  3. receive willingly something given or offered; " The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; " I won't have this dog in my house!"; " Please accept my present"
  4. admit into a group or community; " accept students for graduate study"; " We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
  5. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; " His voice took on a sad tone"; " The story took a new turn"; " he adopted an air of superiority"; " She assumed strange manners"; " The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
  6. aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; " Please don't aim at your little brother!"; " He trained his gun on the burglar"; " Don't train your camera on the women"; " Take a swipe at one's opponent"
  7. take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; " Bring me the box from the other room"; " Take these letters to the boss"; " This brings me to the main point"
  8. pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; " Take any one of these cards"; " Choose a good husband for your daughter"; " She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
  9. take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; " the accident claimed three lives"; " The hard work took its toll on her"
  10. take somebody somewhere; " We lead him to our chief"; " can you take me to the main entrance?"; " He conducted us to the palace"
  11. consider, as of an example; " Take the case of China"; " Consider the following case"
  12. serve oneself to, or consume regularly; " Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; " I don't take sugar in my coffee"
  13. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; " He got AIDS"; " She came down with pneumonia"; " She took a chill"
  14. assume, as of positions or roles; " She took the job as director of development"
  15. make a film or photograph of something; " take a scene"; " shoot a movie"
  16. get into one's hands, take physically; " Take a cookie!"; " Can you take this bag, please"
  17. have sex with; archaic use; " He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
  18. be a student of a certain subject; " She is reading for the bar exam"
  19. as of time or space; " It took three hours to get to work this morning"; " This event occupied a very short time"
  20. have with oneself; have on one's person; " She always takes an umbrella"; " I always carry money"; " She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"
  21. interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; " I read this address as a satire"; " How should I take this message?"; " You can't take credit for this!"
  22. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc.; or remove something abstract; " remove a threat"; " remove a wrapper"; " Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; " take the gun from your pocket"; " This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
  23. accept or undergo, often unwillingly; " We took a pay cut"
  24. the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
  25. be seized or affected in a specified way; " take sick"; " be taken drunk"
  26. ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; " take a pulse"; " A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
  27. take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; " Take the case of China"; " Consider the following case"
  28. obtain by winning; " Winner takes all"; " He took first prize"
  29. travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; " He takes the bus to work"; " She takes Route 1 to Newark"
  30. proceed along in a vehicle; " We drive the turnpike to work"
  31. head into a specified direction; " The escaped convict took to the hills"; " We made for the mountains"
  32. experience or feel or submit to; " Take a test"; " Take the plunge"
  33. to get into a position of having, e. g., safety, comfort; " take shelter from the storm"
  34. take into one's possession; " We are taking an orphan from Romania"; " I'll take three salmon steaks"
  35. take by force; " Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; " The army took the fort on the hill"
  36. buy, select; " I'll take a pound of that sausage"
  37. develop a habit; " He took to visiting bars"
  38. carry out; " take action"; " take steps"; " take vengeance"
  39. To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to take a group or a scene.
  40. To give or deliver ( a blow to); to strike; hit; as, he took me in the face; he took me a blow on the head.
  41. Taken.
  42. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to convey.
  43. To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make prisoner; as, to take am army, a city, or a ship; also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack; to seize; -- said of a disease, misfortune, or the like.
  44. To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
  45. To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
  46. To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat.
  47. To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take picture of a person.
  48. To draw; to deduce; to derive.
  49. To assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to; to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest, revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a resolution; -- used in general senses, limited by a following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as, to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say.
  50. To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
  51. To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery.
  52. In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
  53. To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.
  54. To receive as something to be eaten or dronk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
  55. Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
  56. To bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to; to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will take an affront from no man.
  57. 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.
  58. To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.
  59. That which is taken; especially, the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch.
  60. The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.
  61. To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; - with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
  62. To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept; to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with; - used in general senses; as, to take a form or shape.
  63. To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; - usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge.
  64. To lay or seize hold of; obtain; receive into one's hold or possession; as, to take six yards of silk; capture; engage or interest; as, to take the eye; choose; employ; assume; as, to take another name; quote; as, to take a passage from a play; subtract; transport; require or demand; as, it takes time to learn to swim; to contract by infection; to regard or look upon; as, to take a man for a detective; to observe; to gather; as, I took this meaning from what he said; to experience; as, he took much comfort in his home; to make or perform, as a journey; to resort to; as, she has taken up music; to find out; as, to take his measure; to accept; to receive into the body, as medicine; to make a photograph of.
  65. To have recourse; as, the man has taken to drink; colloquially, prove attractive; have the intended effect; as, the inoculation took.
  66. The amount or quantity received or caught, especially fish.
  67. Taker.
  68. Took.
  69. Taking.
  70. To lay hold of: to get into one's possession: to catch: to capture: to captivate: to receive: to choose: to use: to allow: to understand: to agree to: to become affected with.
  71. To catch: to have the intended effect: to gain reception, to please: to move or direct the course of: to have recourse to:- pa. t. took; pa. p. taken.
  72. To have effect; gain reception; please.
  73. To receive; seize; capture; catch; choose; use; conduct; convey.
  74. To gain possession of; seize; secure; carry off; convey; abstract; deduct; employ; contract, as a disease.
  75. To have effect; incline or resort to; please.
  76. The act of taking, or that which is taken.
  77. Amount received or caught.
  78. To get hold or gain possession of; to receive what is offered; to lay hold of; to receive; to catch; to seize; to make prisoner; to captivate; to entrap; to understand; to employ; to agree to; to swallow; to choose; to endure; to assume; to allow; to rent or hire; to copy. To take away, to deprive of, to take care, to be solicitous for; to be cautious. To take care of, to have the charge of. To take a course, to resort to. To take down, to bring lower; to pull down; to write. To take from, to deprive of; to subtract; to detract. To take heed, to be careful. To take hold, to fix on. To take in, to in- close; to comprise; to furl; to cheat or deceive; to admit. To lake in hand, to undertake. To take notice, to observe; to make remark upon. To take oath, to swear with solemnity. To take off, to remove; to cut off; to destroy; to withdraw; to swallow; to copy; to imitate; to mimic. To take out, to remove. To take part, to share; to side. To take place, to come to pass. To take root, to live and grow, as a plant. To take up, to raise; to buy or borrow; to engross; to occupy; to arrest; to adopt; to collect. To take up arms, to begin war. To take the field, to encamp. To take upon, to assume. To take to heart, to be sensibly affected by. To take advantage of, to catch by surprise. To take leave, to bid adien. To take breath, to rest.
  79. To move or direct the course; to betake one's self; to please; to gain reception; to have the intended or natural effect. To take after, to learn to follow. To take in with, to resort to. To take for, to mistake. To take on, to be violently affected. To take to, to be fond of; to resort to. To take up with, to be contented to receive. To take with, to please.
  80. To obtain in almost any manner; to receive; to receive in any disposition of mind; to suppose; to receive in thought; to lay hold of; to seize; to entrap; to swallow; to understand in a particular sense or manner; to delight; to engage; to use or employ; to procure; to turn to; to choose; to go into, as to take the water; to pursue or follow, as a course; to copy or paint; to change with respect of place, as he took out his hand; to hire or rent, as a house; to enter upon, as a campaign; to please; to catch; to be fixed.
  81. The quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch; a quantity, as of copy, by a compositor.