Definitions

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

  • adj. Capturing interest; fetching: a taking smile.
  • adj. Contagious; catching. Used of an infectious disease.
  • n. The act of one that takes.
  • n. Something taken, as a catch of fish.
  • n. Informal Receipts, especially of money.
  • n. Law A government action assuming ownership of real property by eminent domain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. alluring; attractive.
  • n. A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
  • n. An apprehension.
  • n. That which has been gained.
  • v. Present participle of take.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Apt to take; alluring; attracting.
  • adj. Infectious; contageous.
  • n. The act of gaining possession; a seizing; seizure; apprehension.
  • n. Agitation; excitement; distress of mind.
  • n. Malign influence; infection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Captivating; engaging; attractive; pleasing.
  • Blighting; baleful; noxious; spreading contagion; infectious.
  • Easily taken; contagious; catching.
  • n. The act of one who takes, in any sense.
  • n. The state of being taken; especially, a state of agitation, distress, or perplexity; predicament; dilemma.
  • n. That which takes.
  • n. Hence— An attack of sickness; a sore.
  • n. That which is taken.
  • n. In printing, same as take, 3 .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very attractive; capturing interest
  • n. the act of someone who picks up or takes something

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Examples

  • Give it a fair trial and you will agree that taking pictures -- the mere _taking_, with no bothering your head about developing, printing, toning and the like -- is a matter no more baffling than the simple art of learning to punch the letters on the keyboard of a typewriter.

    If You Don't Write Fiction

  • It proved to be a _taking in_, instead of a _taking up_, and the taking in was on the other side.

    Mike Marble His Crotchets and Oddities.

  • Had Rob Hulse not turned an easy chance over the crossbar in the 80th minute after the United goalkeeper parried a shot from Commons into his path, the home side, with David Lowe taking charge in the ­dugout and Robbie Savage reinstated as a substitute, would be ­taking a two-goal lead into the return leg on January

    Sport news, comment and results | guardian.co.uk

  • “I care about her a lot,” he admitted, his expression taking on a faroff look.

    Hell’s Gate

  • Like thieves, murderers and traffic wardens, they seem to rejoice in taking from the world rather than adding to it.

    I Thought We Were Trying To Build A Better World Here… - :: gia’s blog ::

  • Aaron Peirsol also defended his title taking the gold in the men's 100 meter backstroke and breaking the world record.

    CNN Transcript Aug 12, 2008

  • Taking a safe direction in life (skyabs-'gro, taking refuge) is an active process, not a passive one of seeking protection from higher powers, as the term taking refuge might imply.

    Identifying the Objects of Safe Direction (Refuge)

  • During that time the Assembly will probably be busy in taking from the king the right to wear his crown, which is about all that is left to him.

    The Ruin of a Princess

  • If you want to make a name taking someone down, how about any of the corrupt politicians currently serving?

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • Linda made her name taking pictures of some of the biggest rock stars of the 1960s and in 1968 she became the first female photographer to take a cover shot for

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  • "Yes, she certainly is an odd child, but there is something kind of taking about her after all" (-Mrs. Rachel Lynde)

    June 8, 2009