Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To get into one's possession by force, skill, or artifice, especially:
  • transitive v. To capture physically; seize: take an enemy fortress.
  • transitive v. To seize with authority; confiscate.
  • transitive v. To kill, snare, or trap (fish or game, for example).
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To acquire in a game or competition; win: took the crown in horseracing.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To defeat: Our team took the visitors three to one.
  • transitive v. Sports To catch (a ball in play), especially in baseball: The player took it on the fly.
  • transitive v. To grasp with the hands; grip: Take your partner's hand.
  • transitive v. To encounter or catch in a particular situation; come upon; discover: Your actions took me by surprise.
  • transitive v. To deal a blow to; strike or hit: The boxer took his opponent a sharp jab to the ribs.
  • transitive v. To affect favorably or winsomely; charm or captivate: She was taken by the puppy.
  • transitive v. To put (food or drink, for example) into the body; eat or drink: took a little soup for dinner.
  • transitive v. To draw in; inhale: took a deep breath.
  • transitive v. To expose one's body to (healthful or pleasurable treatment, for example): take the sun; take the waters at a spa.
  • transitive v. To bring or receive into a particular relation, association, or other connection: take a new partner into the firm; take a company national.
  • transitive v. To engage in sex with.
  • transitive v. To accept and place under one's care or keeping.
  • transitive v. To appropriate for one's own or another's use or benefit; obtain by purchase; secure or buy: We always take season tickets.
  • transitive v. To assume for oneself: take all the credit.
  • transitive v. To charge or oblige oneself with the fulfillment of (a task or duty, for example); commit oneself to: She took the position of chair of the committee.
  • transitive v. To pledge one's obedience to; impose (a vow or promise) upon oneself.
  • transitive v. To impose upon oneself; subject oneself to: We took extra time to do the job properly.
  • transitive v. To accept or adopt for one's own: She took his side in the dispute.
  • transitive v. To put forth or adopt as a point of argument, defense, or discussion.
  • transitive v. To require or have as a fitting or proper accompaniment: Transitive verbs take a direct object.
  • transitive v. To pick out; select or choose: take any card.
  • transitive v. To choose for one's own use; avail oneself of the use of: We took a rented car.
  • transitive v. To use (something) as when in operation: This camera takes 35mm film.
  • transitive v. To use (something) as a means of conveyance or transportation: take a train to Pittsburgh.
  • transitive v. To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge: take shelter from the storm.
  • transitive v. To choose and then adopt (a particular route or direction) while on foot or while operating a vehicle: Take a right at the next corner. The driver downshifted to take the corner.
  • transitive v. To assume occupancy of: take a seat.
  • transitive v. To require (something) as a basic necessity: It takes money to live in that town.
  • transitive v. To obtain from a source; derive or draw: The book takes its title from the Bible.
  • transitive v. To obtain, as through measurement or a specified procedure: took the patient's temperature.
  • transitive v. To write or make a record of, especially in shorthand or cursive writing: take a letter; take notes.
  • transitive v. To create (an image, likeness, or representation), as by drawing, painting, or photography: took a picture of us.
  • transitive v. To include or distribute (a charge) in a financial record.
  • transitive v. To accept (something owed, offered, or given) either reluctantly or willingly: take a bribe.
  • transitive v. To submit to (something inflicted); undergo or suffer: didn't take his punishment well.
  • transitive v. To put up with; endure or tolerate: I've had about all I can take from them.
  • transitive v. Baseball To refrain from swinging at (a pitched ball).
  • transitive v. To be affected with; catch: The child took the flu.
  • transitive v. To be hit or penetrated by: took a lot of punches; took a bullet in the leg.
  • transitive v. To withstand: The dam took the heavy flood waters.
  • transitive v. To accept or believe (something put forth) as true: I'll take your word.
  • transitive v. To follow (advice, a suggestion, or a lead, for example).
  • transitive v. To accept, handle, or deal with in a particular way: He takes things in stride.
  • transitive v. To consider in a particular relation or from a particular viewpoint: take the bitter with the sweet.
  • transitive v. To undertake, make, or perform: take a walk; take a decision.
  • transitive v. To allow to come in; give access or admission to; admit: The boat took a lot of water but remained afloat.
  • transitive v. To provide room for; accommodate: We can't take more than 100 guests.
  • transitive v. To become saturated or impregnated with (dye, for example).
  • transitive v. To understand or interpret: May I take your smile as an indication of approval?
  • transitive v. To consider; assume: Take the matter as settled.
  • transitive v. To consider to be equal to; reckon: We take their number at 1,000.
  • transitive v. To perceive or feel; experience: She took a dislike to his intrusions.
  • transitive v. To carry, convey, lead, or cause to go along to another place: Don't forget to take your umbrella. This bus takes you to New York. See Usage Note at bring.
  • transitive v. To remove from a place: take the dishes from the sink.
  • transitive v. To secure by removing: The dentist took two molars.
  • transitive v. To cause to die; kill or destroy: The blight took these tomatoes.
  • transitive v. To subtract: take 15 from 30.
  • transitive v. To exact: The storm took its toll.
  • transitive v. To commit and apply oneself to the study of: take art lessons; take Spanish.
  • transitive v. To study for with success: took a degree in law.
  • transitive v. Informal To swindle, defraud, or cheat: You've really been taken.
  • intransitive v. To acquire possession.
  • intransitive v. To engage or mesh; catch, as gears or other mechanical parts.
  • intransitive v. To start growing; root or germinate: Have the seeds taken?
  • intransitive v. To have the intended effect; operate or work: The skin graft took.
  • intransitive v. To gain popularity or favor: The television series, which didn't take, was later canceled.
  • intransitive v. To become: He took sick.
  • n. The act or process of taking.
  • n. That which is taken.
  • n. A quantity collected at one time, especially the amount of profit or receipts taken on a business arrangement or venture.
  • n. The number of fish, game birds, or other animals killed or captured at one time.
  • n. Sports The amount of money collected as admission to a sporting event; the gate.
  • n. The uninterrupted running of a movie or television camera or a set of recording equipment in filming a movie or television program or cutting a record.
  • n. A scene filmed or televised without interrupting the run of the camera.
  • n. A recording made in a single session.
  • n. A physical reaction, such as a rash, indicating a successful vaccination.
  • n. A successful graft.
  • n. Slang An attempt or a try: He got the answer on the third take.
  • n. Informal An interpretation or assessment, as of an event: The mayor was asked for his take on the judge's decision.
  • take after To follow as an example.
  • take after To resemble in appearance, temperament, or character.
  • take apart To divide into parts after disassembling.
  • take apart To dissect or analyze (a theory, for example), usually in an effort to discover hidden or innate flaws or weaknesses.
  • take apart Slang To beat up; thrash.
  • take back To retract (something stated or written).
  • take down To bring to a lower position from a higher one.
  • take down To take apart; dismantle: take down the Christmas tree.
  • take down To lower the arrogance or the self-esteem of (a person): really took him down during the debate.
  • take down To put down in writing.
  • take for To regard as: Do you take me for a fool?
  • take for To consider mistakenly: Don't take silence for approval.
  • take in To grant admittance to; receive as a guest or an employee.
  • take in To reduce in size; make smaller or shorter: took in the waist on the pair of pants.
  • take in To include or constitute.
  • take in To understand: couldn't take in the meaning of the word.
  • take in To deceive or swindle: was taken in by a confidence artist.
  • take in To look at thoroughly; view: took in the sights.
  • take in To accept (work) to be done in one's house for pay: took in typing.
  • take in To convey (a prisoner) to a police station.
  • take off To remove, as clothing: take one's coat off; take off one's galoshes.
  • take off To release: took the brake off.
  • take off To deduct as a discount: took 20 percent off.
  • take off To carry off or away.
  • take off To go off; leave: took off in a hurry.
  • take off To achieve wide use or popularity: a new movie that really took off.
  • take off To rise into the air or begin flight: The plane took off on time.
  • take off To discontinue: took off the commuter special.
  • take off To withhold service due, as from one's work: I'm taking off three days during May.
  • take on To undertake or begin to handle: took on extra responsibilities.
  • take on To hire; engage: took on more workers during the harvest.
  • take on To oppose in competition: a wrestler who took on all comers.
  • take on Informal To display violent or passionate emotion: Don't take on so!
  • take on To acquire (an appearance, for example) as or as if one's own: Over the years he has taken on the look of a banker.
  • take out To extract; remove: took the splinter out.
  • take out To secure (a license, for example) by application to an authority.
  • take out Informal To escort, as a date.
  • take out To give vent to: Don't take your frustration out in such an aggressive manner.
  • take out To obtain as an equivalent in a different form: took out the money owed in services.
  • take out Informal To begin a course; set out: The police took out after the thieves.
  • take out To kill; murder: Two snipers took out an enemy platoon.
  • take out To search for and destroy in an armed attack or other such encounter: Combat pilots, flying low to avoid radar, took out the guerrilla leader's bunker in a single mission.
  • take over To assume control, management, or responsibility.
  • take over To assume the control or management of or the responsibility for: She took over the job after he left.
  • take over To become dominant: Our defense took over in the second half of the game.
  • take to To have recourse to; go to, as for safety: took to the woods.
  • take to To develop as a habit or a steady practice: take to drink.
  • take to To become fond of or attached to: "Two keen minds that they are, they took to each other” ( Jack Kerouac).
  • take up To raise; lift.
  • take up To reduce in size; shorten or tighten: take up a gown.
  • take up To pay off (an outstanding debt, mortgage, or note).
  • take up To accept (an option, bet, or challenge) as offered.
  • take up To begin again; resume: Let's take up where we left off.
  • take up To use up, consume, or occupy: The extra duties took up most of my time.
  • take up To develop an interest in or devotion to: take up mountain climbing.
  • take up To deal with: Let's take up each problem one at a time.
  • take up To assume: took up a friendly attitude.
  • take up To absorb or adsorb: crops taking up nutrients.
  • take up To enter into (a profession or business): took up engineering.
  • idiom on the take Informal Taking or seeking to take bribes or illegal income: "There were policemen on the take” ( Scott Turow).
  • idiom take a bath Informal To experience serious financial loss: "Small investors who latched on to hot new issues took a bath in Wall Street” ( Paul A. Samuelson).
  • idiom take account of To take into consideration.
  • idiom take away from To detract from: Drab curtains took away from the otherwise lovely room.
  • idiom take care To be careful: Take care or you will slip on the ice.
  • idiom take care of To assume responsibility for the maintenance, support, or treatment of.
  • idiom take charge To assume control or command.
  • idiom take effect To become operative, as under law or regulation: The curfew takes effect at midnight.
  • idiom take effect To produce the desired reaction: The antibiotics at last began to take effect.
  • idiom take exception To express opposition by argument; object to: took exception to the prosecutor's line of questioning.
  • idiom five Slang To take a short rest or break, as of five or ten minutes.
  • idiom take for granted To consider as true, real, or forthcoming; anticipate correctly.
  • idiom take for granted To underestimate the value of: a publisher who took the editors for granted.
  • idiom take heart To be confident or courageous.
  • idiom take hold To seize, as by grasping.
  • idiom take hold To become established: The newly planted vines quickly took hold.
  • idiom take it To understand; assume: As I take it, they won't accept the proposal.
  • idiom take it Informal To endure abuse, criticism, or other harsh treatment: If you can dish it out, you've got to learn to take it.
  • idiom take it on the chin Slang To endure punishment, suffering, or defeat.
  • idiom take it or leave it To accept or reject unconditionally.
  • idiom take it out on Informal To abuse (someone) in venting one's own anger.
  • idiom take kindly to To be receptive to: take kindly to constructive criticism.
  • idiom take kindly to To be naturally attracted or fitted to; thrive on.
  • idiom take lying down Informal To submit to harsh treatment with no resistance: refused to take the snub lying down.
  • idiom take notice of To pay attention to.
  • idiom take (one's) breath away To put into a state of awe or shock.
  • idiom take (one's) time To act slowly or at one's leisure.
  • idiom take place To happen; occur.
  • idiom take root To become established or fixed.
  • idiom take root To become rooted.
  • idiom take shape To take on a distinctive form.
  • idiom take sick Chiefly Southern U.S. To become ill.
  • idiom take sides To associate with and support a particular faction, group, cause, or person.
  • idiom take stock To take an inventory.
  • idiom take stock To make an estimate or appraisal, as of resources or of oneself.
  • idiom take stock in To trust, believe in, or attach importance to.
  • idiom take the bench Law To assume a judicial position.
  • idiom take the cake To be the most outrageous or disappointing.
  • idiom take the cake To win the prize; be outstanding.
  • idiom take the count To be defeated.
  • idiom take the count Sports To be counted out in boxing.
  • idiom fall Slang To incur blame or censure, either willingly or unwillingly: a senior official who took the fall for the failed intelligence operation.
  • idiom take the floor To rise to deliver a formal speech, as to an assembly.
  • idiom take the heat Slang To incur and endure heavy censure or criticism: had a reputation for being able to take the heat in a crisis.
  • idiom take to the cleaners Slang To take all the money or possessions of, especially by outsmarting or swindling.
  • idiom take up for To support (a person or group, for example) in an argument.
  • idiom take up the cudgels To join in a dispute, especially in defense of a participant.
  • idiom take up with Informal To begin to associate with; consort with: took up with a fast crowd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To grasp with the hands.
  • v. To grab and move to oneself.
  • v. To get into one's possession.
  • v. To accept.
  • v. To gain a position by force.
  • v. To have sex with.
  • v. To carry, particularly to a particular destination.
  • v. To choose.
  • v. To support or carry without failing or breaking.

Etymologies

Middle English taken, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English taken ("to take, lay hold of, grasp, strike"), from Old English tacan ("to grasp, touch"), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse taka ("to touch, take"), from Proto-Germanic *tēkanan (“to touch”), from Proto-Indo-European *deh₁g-, *dh₁g- (“to touch”). Gradually displaced Middle English nimen ("to take"), from Old English niman ("to take"). Cognate with Icelandic taka ("to take"), Danish tage ("to take, seize"), Middle Dutch taken ("to grasp"), Middle Low German tacken ("to grasp"). See tackle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The failure of the US to take seriously what’s going on in Darfur is another face of racism – let those folks “take care of their own.

    Printing: If You're Black, Get Back

  • Many of them applied to me my parents threaten to take my PC out of my room..take the Internet Modem etc..lol..yeah I love WoW and its Bloody addictive, But yeah still have a social life.

    Alone Together in World of Warcraft?

  • On finding he has fairly grinned himself into your good graces, he formally prepares to take leave, endeavouring at the same time to _take_ likewise what you are probably less willing to part withal -- namely, a portion of your cash.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 270, August 25, 1827

  • QUOTATION: “There, take, ” says Justice, “take ye each a shell;

    Quotations

  • You write that I take your feeling for me “too lightly” and that I “take the whole affair too lightly.

    Chapter 14

  • I like you, take Tromp— (confound it!) —take Vautrin’s word for it.

    Paras. 500–599

  • There was no doubt that Snowball wanted to take a hand in the sport -- or perhaps it would be better to say _take a horn_.

    The Tale of Snowball Lamb

  • If you take a photograph, _take_ a photograph, and don't try to do a pastoral play at the same time.

    About Peggy Saville

  • I didn't tell him then I loved him, but now I take this chance, I _take it_ GLADLY before you!

    The Climbers A Play in Four Acts

  • "Aren't you going to take advantage of me, man -- aren't you going to _take_ it?"

    The Finer Grain

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  • Recording of a scene or part of a scene.

    July 31, 2008