from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To take or have a part or share; participate.
  • intransitive verb To take or be given part or portion.
  • intransitive verb To share some of the properties of something else.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To take or have a part in; share in.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a share or part; to participate; to share.
  • intransitive verb To have something of the properties, character, or office; -- usually followed by of.
  • transitive verb To partake of; to have a part or share in; to share.
  • transitive verb obsolete To admit to a share; to cause to participate; to give a part to.
  • transitive verb obsolete To distribute; to communicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, formal To take part in an activity; to participate
  • verb intransitive To share (of)

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

  • verb consume
  • verb have some of the qualities or attributes of something
  • verb have, give, or receive a share of


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

[Back-formation from partaker, one who partakes, from Middle English part-taker (translation of Latin particeps, participant).]



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