Take - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |teɪk|  American pronunciation of the word take
Brit.  |teɪk|  British pronunciation of the word take
irregular verb:  p.t. — took  p.p. — taken


- the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property (syn: issue, payoff, proceeds, return, takings, yield)
- the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption


- carry out
take action
take steps
take vengeance
- require (time or space) (syn: occupy, use up)
- take somebody somewhere (syn: conduct, direct, guide, lead)
can you take me to the main entrance?
- get into one's hands, take physically
Can you take this bag, please
- take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect (syn: acquire, adopt, assume, take on)
- interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression (syn: read)
How should I take this message?
- take something or somebody with oneself somewhere (syn: bring, convey)
- take into one's possession
I'll take three salmon steaks
- 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
- pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives (syn: choose, pick out, select)
- receive willingly something given or offered (syn: accept, have)
- assume, as of positions or roles (syn: fill, occupy)
- take into consideration for exemplifying purposes (syn: consider, deal)
- require as useful, just, or proper (syn: ask, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require)
It takes nerve to do what she did
- experience or feel or submit to
- make a film or photograph of something (syn: film, shoot)
take a scene
- remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract (syn: remove, take away, withdraw)
take the gun from your pocket
- serve oneself to, or consume regularly (syn: consume, have, ingest, take in)
I don't take sugar in my coffee
- accept or undergo, often unwillingly (syn: submit)
- make use of or accept for some purpose (syn: accept)
take a risk
take an opportunity
- take by force
- occupy or take on (syn: assume, strike, take up)
- admit into a group or community (syn: accept, admit, take on)
- 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
- be a student of a certain subject (syn: learn, read, study)
- take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs (syn: claim, exact)
- head into a specified direction (syn: make)
- point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards (syn: aim, direct, train)
- be seized or affected in a specified way
take sick
be taken drunk
- have with oneself; have on one's person (syn: carry, pack)
She always takes an umbrella
- engage for service under a term of contract (syn: charter, engage, hire, lease, rent)
Shall we take a guide in Rome?
- receive or obtain regularly (syn: subscribe)
We take the Times every day
- buy, select
I'll take a pound of that sausage
- to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort
take shelter from the storm
- have sex with; archaic use (syn: have)
He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
- lay claim to; as of an idea (syn: claim)
- be designed to hold or take (syn: accept)
This surface will not take the dye
- be capable of holding or containing (syn: contain, hold)
This box won't take all the items
- develop a habit
- proceed along in a vehicle (syn: drive)
- obtain by winning
Winner takes all
- be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness (syn: contract, get)

Extra examples

She took her things to her room.

It looks like rain. You had better take an umbrella with you.

This bus takes you downtown.

Her office is down that hallway. I can take you there, if you want me to.

He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

She took us for a ride in her new car.

He's not the kind of guy you can take home to meet your parents.

She took her child to one side and scolded him.

I took the pen and signed my name.

Take the pan by the handle.

It took us 20 takes to get the scene right.

She nailed it on the first take.

He stands to earn 10 percent of the company's $1 million take on the deal.

She was expecting a bigger take.

I took her hand and kissed her.

Phrasal verbs

take away  — remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
take down  — move something or somebody to a lower position
take in  — provide with shelter
take off  — leave
take on  — take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

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Word forms

I/you/we/they: take
he/she/it: takes
present participle: taking
past tense: took
past participle: taken
singular: take
plural: takes
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