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

  • intransitive verb To get into one's hands, control, or possession, especially.
  • intransitive verb To grasp or grip.
  • intransitive verb To capture physically; seize.
  • intransitive verb To seize with authority or legal right.
  • intransitive verb To get possession of (fish or game, for example) by capturing or killing.
  • intransitive verb Sports To catch or receive (a ball or puck).
  • intransitive verb Sports & Games To acquire in a game or competition; win.
  • intransitive verb Sports & Games To defeat.
  • intransitive verb To engage in sex with.
  • intransitive verb To remove or cause to be absent, especially.
  • intransitive verb To remove with the hands or an instrument.
  • intransitive verb To cause to die; kill or destroy.
  • intransitive verb To subtract.
  • intransitive verb To exact.
  • intransitive verb To affect in a strong or sudden manner as if by capturing, as.
  • intransitive verb To deal a blow to; strike or hit.
  • intransitive verb To delight or captivate.
  • intransitive verb To catch or affect with a particular action.
  • intransitive verb To carry in one's possession.
  • intransitive verb To convey by transportation.
  • intransitive verb To lead or cause to go along to another place.
  • intransitive verb To be as a path or course for; provide a way for.
  • intransitive verb To receive into or on the body, as.
  • intransitive verb To put (food or drink, for example) into the body; eat or drink.
  • intransitive verb To draw in; inhale.
  • intransitive verb To expose one's body to (healthful or pleasurable treatment, for example).
  • intransitive verb To make use of or select for use, as.
  • intransitive verb To move into or assume occupancy of.
  • intransitive verb To choose for one's own use; avail oneself of the use of.
  • intransitive verb To require the use of (something).
  • intransitive verb To use or require (time).
  • intransitive verb To use (something) as a means of conveyance or transportation.
  • intransitive verb To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge.
  • intransitive verb To choose and then adopt (a particular route or direction) while on foot or while operating a vehicle.
  • intransitive verb To undertake, make, or perform.
  • intransitive verb To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses.
  • intransitive verb To commit and apply oneself to the study of.
  • intransitive verb To study for with success.
  • intransitive verb To accept, receive, or assume, as.
  • intransitive verb To accept (something owed, offered, or given) either reluctantly or willingly.
  • intransitive verb To allow to come in; give access or admission to; admit.
  • intransitive verb To provide room for; accommodate.
  • intransitive verb To become saturated or impregnated with (dye, for example).
  • intransitive verb To submit to (something inflicted); undergo or suffer.
  • intransitive verb To put up with; endure or tolerate.
  • intransitive verb To receive into a particular relation or association, as into one's care or keeping.
  • intransitive verb To assume for oneself.
  • intransitive verb To agree to undertake or engage in (a task or duty, for example).


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

[Middle English taken, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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

    Alone Together in World of Warcraft? 2006

  • 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 2006

  • 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 Various

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

    Quotations 1919

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

    Chapter 14 1918

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

    Paras. 500–599 1917

  • 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 Arthur Scott Bailey 1913

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

    About Peggy Saville George de Horne Vaizey 1887

  • 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 Clyde Fitch 1887

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

    The Finer Grain Henry James 1879


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  • Recording of a scene or part of a scene.

    July 31, 2008

  • I was looking for confirmation of take as an intransitive verb, and cannot find it here, in the sense of, being suitable to a base and surviving, as in "When enthusiasts for health insurance tried to graft the German system to the United States, the graft did not take". So I think that other subjects could be substituted for graft, meaning the same thing. The sentence I wanted to write goes something like: "This new art practice took well on the principles of...."

    March 3, 2015

  • For me, your new example doesn't work. I mean take.

    March 3, 2015

  • see above in the Wiktionary entries:

    "intransitive v. To have the intended effect; operate or work: The skin graft took."

    March 3, 2015