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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