What does partake mean?

Definitions for partake

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. partakeverb

    have some of the qualities or attributes of something

  2. partake, share, partake inverb

    have, give, or receive a share of

    "We shared the cake"

  3. partake, touchverb


    "She didn't touch her food all night"


  1. partakeverb

    To take part in an activity; to participate

  2. partakeverb

    To share (of)

    Will you partake of some food?

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Partakeverb

    By and by, thy bosom shall partake
    The secrets of my heart. William Shakespeare.

    At season fit,
    Let her with thee partake, what thou hast heard. John Milton.

    My royal father lives,
    Let ev’ry one partake the general joy. Dryden.

    My friend, hight Philemon, I did partake
    Of all my love, and all my privity,
    Who greatly joyous seemed for my sake. Fa. Queen.

    Your exultation partake to every one. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Partakeverb

    Preterite, I partook: participle passive, partaken.

    Etymology: part and take.

    Partake and use my kingdom as your own,
    And shall be yours while I command the crown. Dryden.

    How far brutes partake in this faculty, is not easy to determine. John Locke.

    The attorney of the dutchy of Lancaster partakes partly of a judge, and partly of an attorney-general. Francis Bacon.

    You may partake of any thing we say;
    We speak no treason. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    I took occasion to conjecture, how far brutes partook with men, in any of the intellectual faculties. John Locke.

    Truth and falshood have no other trial, but reason and proof, which they made use of to make themselves knowing, and so must others too, that will partake in their knowledge. John Locke.

    As it prevents factions and partakings, so it keeps the rule and administration of the laws uniform. Matthew Hale.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Partakeverb

    to take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a share or part; to participate; to share; as, to partake of a feast with others

  2. Partakeverb

    to have something of the properties, character, or office; -- usually followed by of

  3. Partakeverb

    to partake of; to have a part or share in; to share

  4. Partakeverb

    to admit to a share; to cause to participate; to give a part to

  5. Partakeverb

    to distribute; to communicate

  6. Etymology: [Part + take.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Partake

    pär-tāk′, v.i. to take or have a part, either absolutely, or with of or in before the thing shared, as food, &c.: to have something of the nature or properties, &c.: to be admitted: (Shak.) to make common cause.—v.t. to have a part in: to share: (Shak.) to communicate:—pr.p. partā′king; pa.t. partook′; pa.p. partā′ken.ns. Partā′ker, one who shares in along with others: a partner: an accomplice; Partā′king, a sharing: (law) a combination in an evil design. [Part and take.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of partake in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of partake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of partake in a Sentence

  1. Oprah Winfrey:

    Partake of some of life's sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself.

  2. Fiance Nicole Johnson:

    I know Michael well enough to know he doesn’t need to partake in the tiny, minuscule decisions. But I also know him well enough to know that he does want to be involved in what flavor our cake is going to be and what flowers he thinks are ugly and what flowers he thinks are really pretty, i show him pictures and I ask what he thinks and he’ll either brush it off, which means he doesn’t really care, or he’ll give me his opinion.

  3. Miguel de Cervantes:

    When the head aches, all the members partake of the pain.


    There are basically three types of men in relationship circles. Providers, protectors, parasitic. The providers work and provide for family. The protectors will protect family at all cost. The parasites will let someone else do the work and provide while they also partake of the bounty. Love is shown by those who provide and protect, but the parasites cares about only what they can get from the host. Loving the host is absent.

  5. Witold Walczak:

    The ACLU is hopeful that the Superior Court will apply established legal principles to allow annulment of adoptions by same-sex couples who that they can finally partake of their constitutional right to marry.

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  • شاركArabic
  • уча́ствамBulgarian
  • účastnitCzech
  • teilnehmen, teilhabenGerman
  • μοιράζομαι, μεταλαμβάνω, συνεργώ σε, παίρνω μερίδιο, παίρνω μέρος, κοινωνώGreek
  • partopreniEsperanto
  • participarSpanish
  • osa võtma, osalemaEstonian
  • ottaa osaa, osallistuaFinnish
  • participerFrench
  • caith, [[bí]] [[rannpháirteach]], glacIrish
  • partecipareItalian
  • 参加, 参加するJapanese
  • deelnemenDutch
  • uczestniczyćPolish
  • participarPortuguese
  • participaRomanian
  • приня́ть уча́стие, раздели́ть, отве́дать, принима́ть уча́стие, уча́ствовать, разделя́ть, причащаемсяRussian
  • deltaSwedish
  • పాల్గొనుTelugu

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. tenebrous
    • B. lank
    • C. askant
    • D. splay

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