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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. require as useful, just, or proper; " It takes nerve to do what she did"; " success usually requires hard work"; " This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; " This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; " This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; " This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent"
  8. 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"
  9. engage for service under a term of contract; " We took an apartment on a quiet street"; " Let's rent a car"; " Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
  10. 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"
  11. 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"
  12. lay claim to; as of an idea; " She took credit for the whole idea"
  13. take somebody somewhere; " We lead him to our chief"; " can you take me to the main entrance?"; " He conducted us to the palace"
  14. consider, as of an example; " Take the case of China"; " Consider the following case"
  15. serve oneself to, or consume regularly; " Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; " I don't take sugar in my coffee"
  16. be capable of holding or containing; " This box won't take all the items"; " The flask holds one gallon"
  17. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; " He got AIDS"; " She came down with pneumonia"; " She took a chill"
  18. assume, as of positions or roles; " She took the job as director of development"
  19. make a film or photograph of something; " take a scene"; " shoot a movie"
  20. get into one's hands, take physically; " Take a cookie!"; " Can you take this bag, please"
  21. have sex with; archaic use; " He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
  22. be a student of a certain subject; " She is reading for the bar exam"
  23. as of time or space; " It took three hours to get to work this morning"; " This event occupied a very short time"
  24. 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"
  25. the income arising from land or other property; " the average return was about 5%"
  26. 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!"
  27. 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"
  28. accept or undergo, often unwillingly; " We took a pay cut"
  29. receive or obtain by regular payment; " We take the Times every day"
  30. the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
  31. be seized or affected in a specified way; " take sick"; " be taken drunk"
  32. 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"
  33. take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; " Take the case of China"; " Consider the following case"
  34. obtain by winning; " Winner takes all"; " He took first prize"
  35. 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"
  36. proceed along in a vehicle; " We drive the turnpike to work"
  37. occupy or take on; " He assumes the lotus position"; " She took her seat on the stage"; " We took our seats in the orchestra"; " She took up her position behind the tree"; " strike a pose"
  38. head into a specified direction; " The escaped convict took to the hills"; " We made for the mountains"
  39. experience or feel or submit to; " Take a test"; " Take the plunge"
  40. to get into a position of having, e. g., safety, comfort; " take shelter from the storm"
  41. take into one's possession; " We are taking an orphan from Romania"; " I'll take three salmon steaks"
  42. take by force; " Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; " The army took the fort on the hill"
  43. buy, select; " I'll take a pound of that sausage"
  44. develop a habit; " He took to visiting bars"
  45. carry out; " take action"; " take steps"; " take vengeance"
  46. To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to take a group or a scene.
  47. 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.
  48. Taken.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
  52. To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
  53. To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat.
  54. To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take picture of a person.
  55. To draw; to deduce; to derive.
  56. 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.
  57. To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
  58. To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery.
  59. In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
  60. To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.
  61. To receive as something to be eaten or dronk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
  62. Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. To please; to gain reception; to succeed.
  66. To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.
  67. That which is taken; especially, the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch.
  68. The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.
  69. To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; - with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. To have recourse; as, the man has taken to drink; colloquially, prove attractive; have the intended effect; as, the inoculation took.
  74. The amount or quantity received or caught, especially fish.
  75. Taker.
  76. Took.
  77. Taking.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. To have effect; gain reception; please.
  81. To receive; seize; capture; catch; choose; use; conduct; convey.
  82. To gain possession of; seize; secure; carry off; convey; abstract; deduct; employ; contract, as a disease.
  83. To have effect; incline or resort to; please.
  84. The act of taking, or that which is taken.
  85. Amount received or caught.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. The quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch; a quantity, as of copy, by a compositor.
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Quotes of take

  1. The microbe is so very small: You cannot take him out at all. – Hilaire Belloc
  2. To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power. – Tryon Edwards
  3. We ought to recognize that we have an offensive responsibility to take the war to the terrorists where they are. That responsibility has waned in the last year as military and intelligence resources were withdrawn from Afghanistan and Pakistan to be used in Iraq. – Bob Graham
  4. I feel that racial profiling may be a very complicated and long -standing problem. It will take a long time even to make tiny progress. – Wen Ho Lee
  5. If you take life at face value, it loses its luster pretty quickly. If you go after it, you get more out of it. – Christopher Meloni
  6. With all the great products that are apparently out there that are undetectable, for me to take something like that... when people take things that now aren't even being tested for, does it make any sense? – Rafael Palmeiro
  7. And these little things may not seem like much but after a while they take you off on a direction where you may be a long way off from what other people have been thinking about. – Roger Penrose
  8. A great ballplayer is a player who will take a chance. – Branch Rickey
  9. A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you. – Francoise Sagan
  10. You know, I'm not gonna take my money with me to heaven or hell, wherever I'm going. So I want to do something good with it even though my means are very limited. I'm no millionaire! – Gunther Schuller
  11. Well, even to this day, if I smell a Big Mac, I'm like Pavlov's dog. My mouth starts watering immediately, like, 'Man, that is so good,' but I can't take a bite of it. – Morgan Spurlock
  12. A dwarf who brings a standard along with him to measure his own size, take my word, is a dwarf in more articles than one. – Laurence Sterne
  13. Some extremists take elements of the sacred scriptures out of context. – Cat Stevens
  14. If the evens of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American- our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that. – Jon Stewart
  15. Before I got Doctor Who, I went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I went back to take the final grade exam, which is the grade you have to take before you can take the teacher's diploma. – Sarah Sutton

Usage examples for take

  1. I'll- I'll be glad to take you." – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  2. Shall I take him away? – Atlantida by Pierre Benoit
  3. Oh, let me take him! – Sundown Slim by Henry Hubert Knibbs
  4. You didn't take them all. – Whispering Wires by Henry Leverage
  5. None of the animals are going to work, when I take care of them. – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  6. I want you to take me with you to see Penreath. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  7. Please take it to them. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  8. No one would take us in. – Afoot in England by W.H. Hudson
  9. I had to see how you would take it. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain
  10. I'll take it along with me. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  11. How you take it? – Out of the Triangle by Mary E. Bamford
  12. " The golems take care of it," he said. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  13. But I can't take it of you, Sidney; I can't! – The Nether World by George Gissing
  14. Well then, let me take it. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  15. " I'll take you to him," she said. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. I take it, it is all right, sir? – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  17. " Let me take him," he said. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  18. Then I'll take a look at her- and him. – Red Men and White by Owen Wister
  19. Why take a chance? – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. And a right good one, I take it. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
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