from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To take or have a part or share; participate.
- intransitive v. To take or be given part or portion: The guests partook of a delicious dinner.
- intransitive v. To have part of the quality, nature, or character of something.
- transitive v. To take or have a part in; share in.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take part in an activity; to participate
- v. To share (of)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a share or part; to participate; to share.
- intransitive v. To have something of the properties, character, or office; -- usually followed by of.
- transitive v. To partake of; to have a part or share in; to share.
- transitive v. To admit to a share; to cause to participate; to give a part to.
- transitive v. To distribute; to communicate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take or have a part, portion, or share in common with others; participate; share: used absolutely, or followed by of or in (also, rarely, by with) before the object shared: as, to partake of the bounties of Providence; to partake of refreshments.
- To share in some degree the nature, character, functions, or peculiarities (of some other person or thing): followed by of.
- To take sides; espouse the cause of another; make common cause.
- Synonyms Partake, Participate, Share. There is not always a distinction among these words. Share is the most familiar, participate the least so. Partake is the most natural to apply to that which pleases or concerns chiefly the actor: as, to partake of food; to partake of the qualities of one's ancestors. Participate and share especially include other persons: as, to share another's pleasures, or participate in his griefs or joys. Participate may imply the most intimate community of possession or feeling, as is suggested by its being followed by in, not of. Share may have a direct object, or be followed by in.
- To have a part in; share.
- To admit to participation; invite or permit to share.
- To distribute; communicate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. consume
- v. have some of the qualities or attributes of something
- v. have, give, or receive a share of
Back-formation from partaker, one who partakes, from Middle English part-taker (translation of Latin particeps, participant).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)