What does take mean?

Definitions for take

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word take.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoffnoun

    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

    "the average return was about 5%"

  2. takeverb

    the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption

  3. takeverb

    carry out

    "take action"; "take steps"; "take vengeance"

  4. take, occupy, use upverb

    require (time or space)

    "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"

  5. lead, take, direct, conduct, guideverb

    take somebody somewhere

    "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"

  6. take, get hold ofverb

    get into one's hands, take physically

    "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please"

  7. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, takeverb

    take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

    "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"

  8. take, readverb

    interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression

    "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!"

  9. bring, convey, takeverb

    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

    "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"

  10. takeverb

    take into one's possession

    "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"

  11. takeverb

    travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route

    "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"

  12. choose, take, select, pick outverb

    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

    "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"

  13. accept, take, haveverb

    receive willingly something given or offered

    "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"

  14. fill, take, occupyverb

    assume, as of positions or roles

    "She took the job as director of development"; "he occupies the position of manager"; "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"

  15. consider, take, deal, look atverb

    take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

    "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"

  16. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandverb

    require as useful, just, or proper

    "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

  17. takeverb

    experience or feel or submit to

    "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"

  18. film, shoot, takeverb

    make a film or photograph of something

    "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"

  19. remove, take, take away, withdrawverb

    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

    "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

  20. consume, ingest, take in, take, haveverb

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

    "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

  21. take, submitverb

    accept or undergo, often unwillingly

    "We took a pay cut"

  22. take, acceptverb

    make use of or accept for some purpose

    "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"

  23. takeverb

    take by force

    "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"

  24. assume, take, strike, take upverb

    occupy or take on

    "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"

  25. accept, admit, take, take onverb

    admit into a group or community

    "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"

  26. takeverb

    ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial

    "take a pulse"; "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"

  27. learn, study, read, takeverb

    be a student of a certain subject

    "She is reading for the bar exam"

  28. claim, take, exactverb

    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

    "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"

  29. take, makeverb

    head into a specified direction

    "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains"

  30. aim, take, train, take aim, directverb

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

    "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

  31. takeverb

    be seized or affected in a specified way

    "take sick"; "be taken drunk"

  32. carry, pack, takeverb

    have with oneself; have on one's person

    "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"

  33. lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, takeverb

    engage for service under a term of contract

    "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

  34. subscribe, subscribe to, takeverb

    receive or obtain regularly

    "We take the Times every day"

  35. takeverb

    buy, select

    "I'll take a pound of that sausage"

  36. takeverb

    to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort

    "take shelter from the storm"

  37. take, haveverb

    have sex with; archaic use

    "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"

  38. claim, takeverb

    lay claim to; as of an idea

    "She took credit for the whole idea"

  39. accept, takeverb

    be designed to hold or take

    "This surface will not take the dye"

  40. contain, take, holdverb

    be capable of holding or containing

    "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"

  41. takeverb

    develop a habit

    "He took to visiting bars"

  42. drive, takeverb

    proceed along in a vehicle

    "We drive the turnpike to work"

  43. takeverb

    obtain by winning

    "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"

  44. contract, take, getverb

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

    "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"


  1. takenoun

    An act of taking.

  2. takenoun

    Something that is taken.

  3. takenoun

    A (1) profit, (2) reward, (3) bribe, illegal payoff or unethical kickback.

  4. takenoun

    An interpretation or view; perspective.

    What's your take on this issue, Fred?

  5. takenoun

    An attempt to record a scene.

  6. takenoun

    A catch.

  7. takenoun

    A facial gesture in response to an event.

    I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.

  8. takenoun

    A catch of the ball, especially by the wicket-keeper.

  9. takeverb

    To grasp with the hands.

  10. takeverb

    To grab and move to oneself.

    I'll take that plate off the table.

  11. takeverb

    To get into one's possession.

  12. takeverb

    To accept.

  13. takeverb

    To gain a position by force.

    After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.

  14. takeverb

    To have sex forcefully with, possibly without consent.

    The rapist took his victims in dark alleys.

  15. takeverb

    To carry, particularly to a particular destination.

    I'll take the plate with me.

  16. takeverb

    To choose.

    I'll take the blue plates.

  17. takeverb

    To support or carry without failing or breaking.

    That truck bed will only take two tons.

  18. takeverb

    To endure or cope with.

    I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.

  19. takeverb

    To not swing at a pitch

    He'll probably take this one.

  20. takeverb

    To ingest medicine, drugs, etc.

    I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.

  21. takeverb

    To assume or interpret to be.

  22. takeverb

    To enroll (in a class, or a course of study).

    I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.

  23. takeverb

    To participate in, undergo, or experience.

  24. takeverb

    To tighten (take up) a belaying rope. Often used imperatively.

  25. takeverb

    To fight or attempt to fight somebody. (See also take on.)

    Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.

  26. takeverb

    To stick, persist, thrive or remain.

    I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.

  27. takeverb

    To become.

  28. takeverb

    To catch the ball; especially for the wicket-keeper to catch the ball after the batsman has missed or edged it.

  29. takeverb

    To require.

  30. takeverb

    To capture using a photographic camera.

    The photographer took a picture of our family.

  31. takeverb

    To last or expend [an amount of time].

    I estimate the trip will take about ten minutes.

  32. takeverb

    To use

  33. takeverb

    To consider as an instance or example.

    I've had a lot of problems recently. Take last Monday. The car broke down on the way to work. Then ...etc.

  34. takeverb

    To deliver, give (something); to entrust.

  35. takeverb

    To go.

  36. takeverb

    To habituate to or gain competency at a task

    I take to swimming like a fish.

  37. Etymology: From taken, from tacan, probably of origin, from taka, from tēkanan, from deh₁g-. Gradually displaced Middle English nimen, from Old English niman. Cognate with Icelandic taka, Danish tage, Middle Dutch taken, Middle Low German tacken. See tackle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Takeverb

    preterite took, part. pass. taken, sometimes took;

    Etymology: preterite took, part. pass. taken, sometimes took; taka, Islandish; ey tek, I take; ey took, I took.

    Then took I the cup at the Lord’s hand, and made all the nations to drink. Jer. xxv. 17.

    They refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink. Jer.

    Be thou advis’d, thy black design forsake;
    Death, or this counsel, from Lucippus take. Edmund Waller.

    An honest man may take a knave’s advice,
    But idiots only may be cozen’d twice. Dryden.

    Madam, were I as you, I’d take her counsel. Philips.

    Distress’d myself, like you, confin’d I live,
    And therefore can compassion take and give. Dryden.

    In fetters one the barking porter ty’d,
    And took him trembling from his sovereign’s side. Dryden.

    No man shall take the nether or upper milstone to pledge. Deut. xxiv. 6.

    For, what we know must be,
    Why should we, in our peevish opposition,
    Take it to heart. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I will frown as they pass by, and let them take it as they lift. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    La you! if you speak ill of the devil, how he takes it at heart. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Damasco, without any more ado, yielded unto the Turks; which the baffa took in so good part, that he would not suffer his soldiers to enter it. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    The king being in a rage, took it grievously that he was mocked. 2 Mac. vii. 39.

    The queen hearing of a declination of monarchy, took it so ill as she would never after hear of the other’s suit. Francis Bacon.

    A following hath ever been a thing civil, and well taken in monarchies, so it be without too much popularity. Francis Bacon.

    The diminution of the power of the nobility they took very heavily. Edward Hyde.

    I hope you will not expect from me things demonstrated with certainty; but will take it well that I should offer at a new thing. John Graunt.

    If I have been a little pilfering, I take it bitterly of thee to tell me of it. Dryden.

    The sole advice I could give him in conscience, would be that which he would take ill, and not follow. Jonathan Swift.

    Who will believe a man that hath no house, and lodgeth wheresoever the night taketh him? Ecclus. xxxvi. 26.

    They silenced those who opposed them, by traducing them abroad, or taking advantage against them in the house. Clar.

    Men in their loose unguarded hours they take,
    Not that themselves are wise, but others weak. Alexander Pope.

    I am contented to dwell on the Divine Providence, and take up any occasion to lead me to its contemplation. Matthew Hale.

    Appoint a meeting with this old fat fellow,
    Where we may take him, and disgrace him for it. William Shakespeare.

    King Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ta’en. William Shakespeare.

    This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed. Acts xxii. 27.

    They entering with wonderful celerity on every side, slew and took three hundred Janizaries. Richard Knolles.

    More than history can pattern, though devis’d
    And play’d to take spectators. William Shakespeare.

    I long
    To hear the story of your life, which must
    Take the ear strangely. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Let her not take thee with her eyelids. Prov. vi. 25.

    Yet notwithstanding, taken by Perkin’s amiable behaviour, he entertained him as became the person of Richard duke of York. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Their song was partial, but the harmony
    Suspended hell, and took with ravishment
    The thronging audience. John Milton.

    If I renounce virtue, though naked, then I do it yet more when she is thus beautified on purpose to allure the eye, and take the heart. Decay of Piety.

    This beauty shines through some mens actions, sets off all that they do, and takes all they come near. John Locke.

    Cleombrotus was so taken with this prospect, that he had no patience. William Wake.

    Wise men are overborn when taken at a disadvantage. Jeremy Collier, of Confidence.

    Take us the foxes, that spoil the vines. 2 Cant. xv.

    The words are more properly taken for the air or æther than the heavens. Walter Raleigh.

    You take me right, Eupolis; for there is no possibility of an holy war. Francis Bacon, holy War.

    I take it, andiron brass, called white brass, hath some mixture of tin to help the lustre. Francis Bacon.

    Why, now you take me; these are rites
    That grace love’s days, and crown his nights:
    These are the motions I would see. Ben Jonson.

    Give them one simple idea, and see that they take it right, and perfectly comprehend it. John Locke.

    Charity taken in its largest extent, is nothing else but the sincere love of God and our neighbour. William Wake.

    Take no usury of him or increase. Lev. xxv. 36.

    And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. Gen. xiv. 21.

    This man always takes time, and ponders things maturely before he passes his judgment. Isaac Watts.

    Strike her young bones,
    You taking airs with lameness. William Shakespeare.

    The nicest eye could no distinction make
    Where lay the advantage, or what side to take. Dryden.

    I ought to have a care
    To keep my wounds from taking air. Hudibras, p. iii.

    Striking stones they took fire out of them. 2 Mac. x. 3.

    If any of the family be distressed, order is taken for their relief: if any be subject to vice, or take ill courses, they are reproved. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Old as I am, I take thee at thy word,
    And will to-morrow thank thee with my sword. Dryden.

    She to her country’s use resign’d your sword,
    And you, kind lover, took her at her word. Dryden.

    I take thee at thy word. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Stepmother.

    Where any one thought is such, that we have power to take it up or lay it by, there we are at liberty. John Locke.

    Resolutions taken upon full debate, were seldom prosecuted with equal resolution. Edward Hyde.

    He put forth a hand, and took me by a lock of my head. Ezek. viii. 3.

    I took not arms till urg’d by self defence. Dryden.

    Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command;
    Now take the mould; now bend thy mind to feel
    The first sharp motions of the forming wheel. Dryden.

    Peradventure we shall prevail against him, and take our revenge on him. Jer. xx. 10.

    Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark, and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it. 2 Sam. vi. 6.

    Taking my leave of them, I went into Macedonia. 2 Cor.

    Before I proceed, I would be glad to take some breath. Francis Bacon, holy War.

    His wind he never took whilst the cup was at his mouth, but justly observed the rule of drinking with one breath. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Then call’d his brothers,
    And her to whom his nuptial vows were bound; A long sigh he drew,
    And his voice failing, took his last adieu. John Dryden, Fab.

    The Sabine Clausus came,
    And from afar, at Dryops took his aim. John Dryden, Æn.

    Her lovers names in order to run o’er,
    The girl took breath full thirty times and more. John Dryden.

    Heighten’d revenge he should have took;
    He should have burnt his tutor’s book. Matthew Prior.

    The husband’s affairs made it necessary for him to take a voyage to Naples. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I took a walk in Lincoln’s Inn Garden. Tatler.

    The Carthaginian took his seat, and Pompey entered with great dignity in his own person. Tatler.

    I am possessed of power and credit, can gratify my favourites, and take vengeance on my enemies. Jonathan Swift.

    When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus. Acts iv.

    It appeared in his face, that he took great contentment in this our question. Francis Bacon.

    Doctor Moore, in his Ethicks, reckons this particular inclination, to take a prejudice against a man for his looks, among the smaller vices in morality, and names it a prosopolepsia. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 86.

    A student should never satisfy himself with bare attendance on lectures, unless he clearly takes up the sense. Isaac Watts.

    When news were brought that the French king besieged Constance, he posted to the sea-coast to take ship. William Camden.

    Tygers and lions are not apt to take the water. Matthew Hale.

    The joyful short-liv’d news soon spread around,
    Took the same train. Dryden.

    Observing still the motions of their flight,
    What course they took, what happy signs they shew. Dry.

    Consider the insatisfaction of several bodies, and of their appetite to take in others. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Turkeys take down stones, having found in the gizzard of one no less than seven hundred. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Tell an ignoramus in place to his face that he has a wit above all the world, and as fulsome a dose as you give him he shall readily take it down, and admit the commendation, though he cannot believe the thing. South.

    Upon this assurance he took physick. John Locke.

    The glutinous mucilage that is on the outsides of the seeds washed off causes them to take. John Mortimer, Husb.

    Take to thee from among the cherubim
    Thy choice of flaming warriors. John Milton.

    Either but one man, or all men are kings: take which you please it dissolves the bonds of government. John Locke.

    Our phænix queen was pourtray’d too so bright,
    Beauty alone cou’d beauty take so right. Dryden.

    Carry sir John Falstaff to the fleet,
    Take all his company along with him. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He sat him down in a street; for no man took them into his house to lodging. Judges xix. 15.

    Wheresoever he taketh him he teareth him; and he foameth. Mark ix. 18.

    No temptation hath taken you, but such as is common to man. 1 Cor. x. 13.

    When the frost and rain have taken them they grow dangerous. William Temple.

    At first they warm, then scorch, and then they take,
    Now with long necks from side to side they feed;
    At length grown strong their mother-size forsake,
    And a new colony of flames succeed. Dryden.

    No beast will eat sour grass till the frost hath taken it. John Mortimer.

    In burning of stubble, take care to plow the land up round the field, that the fire may not take the hedges. John Mortimer.

    Take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, he shall be surely put to death. Num. xxxv. 31.

    Thou tak'st thy mother's word too far, said he,
    And hast usurp'd thy boasted pedigree. Dryden.

    He that should demand of him how begetting a child gives the father absolute power over him, will find him answer nothing: we are to take his word for this. John Locke.

    Who will not receive clipped money whilst he sees the great receipt of the exchequer admits it, and the bank and goldsmiths will take it of him. John Locke.

    I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God. Exod. vi. 7.

    When he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host. Luke x. 35.

    He put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, it was leprous. Exod. iv. 6.

    If you slit the artery, thrust a pipe into it, and cast a strait ligature upon that part containing the pipe, the artery will not beat below the ligature; yet do but take it off, and it will beat immediately. John Ray.

    Lovers flung themselves from the top of the precipice into the sea, where they were sometimes taken up alive. Addison.

    A multitude, how great soever, brings not a man any nearer to the end of the inexhaustible stock of number, where still there remains as much to be added as if none were taken out. John Locke.

    The living fabrick now in pieces take,
    Of every part due observation make;
    All which such art discovers. Richard Blackmore.

    Let not a widow be taken into the number under three-score. 1 Tim. v. 9.

    Though so much of heav'n appears in my make,
    The foulest impressions I easily take. Jonathan Swift.

    He alone,
    To find where Adam shelter'd, took his way. John Milton.

    To the port she takes her way,
    And stands upon the margin of the sea. Dryden.

    Give me leave to seize my destin'd prey,
    And let eternal justice take the way. Dryden.

    It was her fortune once to take her way
    Along the sandy margin of the sea. Dryden.

    They shall not take shame. Mic. ii. 6.

    Thou hast scourged me, and hast taken pity on me. Tob.

    They take delight in approaching to God. Isa. lviii. 2.

    Take a good heart, O Jerusalem. Bar. iv. 30.

    Men die in desire of some things which they take to heart. Francis Bacon.

    Few are so wicked as to take delight
    In crimes unprofitable. Dryden.

    Children, if kept out of ill company, will take a pride to behave themselves prettily, perceiving themselves esteemed. John Locke, on Education.

    I can be as quiet as any body with those that are quarrelsome, and be as troublesome as another when I meet with those that will take it. Roger L'Estrange.

    Won't you then take a jest? Spectator, №. 422.

    He met with such a reception as those only deserve who are content to take it. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    The firm belief of a future judgment, is the most forcible motive to a good life; because taken from this consideration of the most lasting happiness and misery. John Tillotson.

    That hand which had the strength, ev'n at your door,
    To cudgel you, and make you take the hatch. William Shakespeare.

    Fit you to the custom,
    And take t'ye as your predecessors have,
    Your honour with your form. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I take liberty to say, that these propositions are so far from having an universal assent, that to a great part of mankind they are not known. John Locke.

    Take not any term, howsoever authorized by the language of the schools, to stand for any thing till you have an idea of it. John Locke.

    Chemists take, in our present controversy, something for granted which they ought to prove. Boyle.

    I lov'd you still, and took your weak excuses,
    Took you into my bosom. Dryden.

    He commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff. Mar. vi. 8.

    This I take it
    Is the main motive of our preparations. William Shakespeare.

    The spirits that are in all tangible bodies are scarce known. Sometimes they take them for vacuum, whereas they are the most active of bodies. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The farmer took himself to have deserved as much as any man, in contributing more, and appearing sooner, in their first approach towards rebellion. Edward Hyde.

    Is a man unfortunate in marriage? Still it is because he was deceived; and so took that for virtue and affection which was nothing but vice in a disguise. South.

    Our depraved appetites cause us often to take that for true imitation of nature which has no resemblance of it. Dryden.

    So soft his tresses, fill'd with trickling pearl,
    You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl. Nahum Tate.

    Time is taken for so much of infinite duration, as is measured out by the great bodies of the universe. John Locke.

    They who would advance in knowledge, should lay down this as a fundamental rule, not to take words for things. John Locke.

    Few will take a proposition which amounts to no more than this, that God is pleased with the doing of what he himself commands for an innate moral principle, since it teaches so little. John Locke.

    Some tories will take you for a whig, some whigs will take you for a tory. Alexander Pope.

    As I take it, the two principal branches of preaching are, to tell the people what is their duty, and then to convince them that it is so. Jonathan Swift.

    Where injur'd Nisus takes his airy course,
    Hence trembling Scylla flies and shuns his foe. Dryden.

    I will take of them for priests. Isa. lxvi. 21.

    Hath God assayed to take a nation from the midst of another. Deut. iv. 34.

    I might have taken her to me to wife. Gen. xii. 19.

    Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. Gen. v. 24.

    The Lord took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders. Four heifers from his female store he took. Dryden.

    The discourse here is about ideas, which he says are real things, and we see in God: in taking this along with me, to make it prove any thing to his purpose, the argument must stand thus. John Locke.

    Young gentlemen ought not only to take along with them a clear idea of the antiquities on medals and figures, but likewise to exercise their arithmetick in reducing the sums of money to those of their own country. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Never a wife leads a better life than she does; do what she will, take all, pay all. William Shakespeare.

    The knight coming to the taylor's to take measure of his gown, perceiveth the like gown cloth lying there. William Camden.

    With a two foot rule in his hand measuring my walls, he took the dimensions of the room. Jonathan Swift.

    Honeycomb, on the verge of threescore, took me aside, and asked me whether I would advise him to marry? Spectat.

    Tiberius, noted for his niggardly temper, only gave his attendants their diet; but once he was taken with a fit of generosity, and divided them into three classes. Arbuthnot.

    We always take the account of a future state into our schemes about the concerns of this world. Francis Atterbury.

    Had those who would persuade us that there are innate principles, not taken them together in gross, but considered separately the parts, they would not have been so forward to believe they were innate. John Locke.

    A sparrow took a bush just as an eagle made a stoop at an hare. Roger L'Estrange.

    The cat presently takes a tree, and sees the poor fox torn to pieces. Roger L'Estrange.

    No purposes whatsoever which are meant for the good of that land will prosper, or take good effect. Edmund Spenser.

    These do best who take material hints to be judged by history John Locke.

    If three ladies, like a luckless play,
    Takes the whole house upon the poet's day. Alexander Pope.

    Question your royal thoughts, make the case yours;
    Be now the father, and propose a son;
    Behold yourself so by a son disdain'd;
    And then imagine me taking your part,
    And in your pow'r so silencing your son. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    In streams, my boy, and rivers take thy chance,
    There swims, said he, thy whole inheritance. Addison.

    Now take your turn; and, as a brother shou'd,
    Attend your brother to the Stygian flood. John Dryden, Æn.

    Five hundred asses yearly took the horse,
    Producing mules of greater speed and force. George Sandys.

    Drances took the word; who grudg'd, long since,
    The rising glories of the Daunian prince. Dryden.

    Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain. Exod.

    They that come abroad after these showers are commonly taken with sickness. Francis Bacon.

    I am taken on the sudden with a swimming in my head. Dryden.

    If any take away from the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life. Rev. xx. 19.

    The bill for taking away the votes of bishops was called a bill for taking away all temporal jurisdiction. Edward Hyde.

    Many dispersed objects breed confusion, and take away from the picture that grave majesty which gives beauty to the piece. Dryden.

    You should be hunted like a beast of prey,
    By your own law I take your life away. Dryden.

    The fun'ral pomp which to your kings you pay,
    Is all I want, and all you take away. John Dryden, Æn.

    One who gives another any thing, has not always a right to take it away again. John Locke.

    Not foes nor fortune takes this pow'r away,
    And is my Abelard less kind than they. Alexander Pope.

    If we take away all consciousness of pleasure and pain, it will be hard to know wherein to place personal identity. John Locke.

    Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 1 Cor. ix. 9.

    They meant to take a course to deal with particulars by reconcilements, and cared not for any head. Francis Bacon.

    The violence of storming is the course which God is forced to take for the destroying, but cannot, without changing the course of nature, for the converting of sinners. Henry Hammond.

    Do you think he is now so dangerous an enemy as he is counted, or that it is so hard to take him down as some suppose? Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Take down their mettle, keep them lean and bare. Dryd.

    Lacqueys were never so saucy and pragmatical as now, and he should be glad to see them taken down. Addison.

    We cannot take down the lives of living creatures, which some of the Paracelsians say, if they could be taken down, would make us immortal: the next for subtilty of operation, to take bodies putrefied, such as may be easily taken. Francis Bacon.

    It takes not from you, that you were born with principles of generosity; but it adds to you that you have cultivated nature. Dryden.

    Conversation will add to their knowledge, but be too apt to take from their virtue. John Locke.

    Gentle gods take my breath from me. William Shakespeare.

    I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee. 1 Sam.

    Take heed of a mischievous man. Ecclus. xi. 33.

    Take heed lest passion
    Sway thy judgment to do ought. John Milton.

    Children to serve their parents int'rest live,
    Take heed what doom against yourself you give. Dryden.

    Nothing sweeter than to take heed unto the commandments of the Lord. Ecclus. xxiii. 27.

    These heads are sufficient for the explication of this whole matter; taking in some additional discourses, which make the work more even. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    This love of our country takes in our families, friends, and acquaintance. Addison.

    The disuse of the tucker has enlarged the neck of a fine woman, that at present it takes in almost half the body. Add.

    Of these matters no satisfactory account can be given by any mechanical hypothesis, without taking in the superintendence of the great Creator. William Derham, Physico-Theol.

    An opinion brought into his head by course, because he heard himself called a father, rather than any kindness that he found in his own heart, made him take us in. Philip Sidney.

    A great vessel full being drawn into bottles, and then the liquor put again into the vessel, will not fill the vessel again so full as it was, but that it may take in more. Francis Bacon.

    Porter was taken in not only as a bed-chamber servant, but as an useful instrument for his skill in the Spanish. Henry Wotton.

    Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me,
    I have a soul, that, like an ample shield,
    Can take in all; and verge enough for more. Dryden.

    The sight and touch take in from the same object different ideas. John Locke.

    There is the same irregularity in my plantations: I take in none that do not naturally rejoice in the soil. Spectator.

    He sent Asan-aga with the Janizaries, and pieces of great ordnance, to take in the other cities of Tunis. Richard Knolles.

    Should a great beauty resolve to take me in with the artillery of her eyes, it would be as vain as for a thief to set upon a new robbed passenger. John Suckling.

    Open places are easily taken in, and towns not strongly fortified make but a weak resistance. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    We went before, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul. Acts xx. 13.

    That which men take in by education is next to that which is natural. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    As no acid is in an animal body but must be taken in by the mouth, so if it is not subdued it may get into the blood. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Though a created understanding can never take in the fulness of the divine excellencies, yet so much as it can receive is of greater value than any other object. Matthew Hale.

    The idea of extension joins itself so inseparably with all visible qualities, that it suffers to see no one without taking in impressions of extension too. John Locke.

    It is not in the power of the most enlarged understanding to frame one new simple idea in the mind, not taken in by the ways afore-mentioned. John Locke.

    A man can never have taken in his full measure of knowledge before he is hurried off the stage. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Let him take in the instructions you give him in a way suited to his natural inclination. Isaac Watts.

    Some bright genius can take in a long train of propositions. Isaac Watts.

    The king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken of the king's seed, and of him taken an oath. Ezek.

    We take all oath of secrecy, for the concealing of those inventions which we think fit to keep secret. Francis Bacon.

    You must forsake this room and go with us;
    Your power and your command is taken off,
    And Cassio rules in Cyprus. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The cruel ministers
    Took off her life. William Shakespeare.

    If the heads of the tribes can be taken off, and the misled multitude return to their obedience, such an extent of mercy is honourable. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Sena loseth its windiness by decocting; and subtile or windy spirits are taken off by incension or evaporation. Francis Bacon.

    To stop schisms, take off the principal authors by winning and advancing them, rather than enrage them by violence. Francis Bacon.

    What taketh off the objection is, that in judging scandal we are to look to the cause whence it cometh. Robert Sanderson.

    The promises, the terrors, or the authority of the commander, must be the topick whence that argument is drawn; and all force of these is taken off by this doctrine. Henry Hammond.

    It will not be unwelcome to these worthies, who endeavour the advancement of learning, as being likely to find a clear progression when so many untruths are taken off. Brown.

    This takes not off the force of our former evidence. Edward Stillingfleet.

    If the mark, by hindering its exportation, makes it less valuable, the melting pot can easily take it off. John Locke.

    A man's understanding failing him, would take off that presumption most men have of themselves. John Locke.

    It shews virtue in the fairest light, and takes off from the deformity of vice. Addison.

    When we would take off from the reputation of an action, we ascribe it to vain glory. Addison.

    This takes off from the elegance of our tongue, but expresses our ideas in the readiest manner. Addison.

    The justices decreed, to take off a halfpeny in a quart from the price of ale. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    How many lives have been lost in hot blood, and how many likely to be taken off in cold. Edward Blount, to Pope.

    Favourable names are put upon ill ideas, to take off the odium. Isaac Watts.

    He perceiving that we were willing to say somewhat, in great courtesy took us off, and condescended to ask us questions. Francis Bacon.

    Your present distemper is not so troublesome, as to take you off from all satisfaction. William Wake.

    There is nothing more resty and ungovernable than our thoughts: they will not be directed what objects to pursue, nor be taken off from those they have once fixed on; but run away with a man in pursuit of those ideas they have in view, let him do what he can. John Locke.

    Keep foreign ideas from taking off our minds from its present pursuit. John Locke.

    Were the pleasure of drinking accompanied, the moment a man takes off his glass, with that sick stomach which, in some men, follows not many hours after, nobody would ever let wine touch his lips. John Locke.

    Corn, in plenty, the labourer will have at his own rate, else he'll not take it off the farmer's hands for wages. John Locke.

    The Spaniards having no commodities that we will take off, above the value of one hundred thousand pounds per annum, cannot pay us. John Locke.

    There is a project on foot for transporting our best wheaten straw to Dunstable, and obliging us to take off yearly so many ton of straw hats. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Take off all their models in wood. Addison.

    The multiplying of nobility brings a state to necessity; and, in like manner, when more are bred scholars than pre- ferments can take off. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    When Moses went in, he took the vail off until he came out. Exod. xxxiv. 34.

    If any would reign and take up all the time, let him take them off and bring others on. Francis Bacon.

    He has taken you off, by a peculiar instance of his mercy, from the vanities and temptations of the world. William Wake.

    Though he would have turned his teeth upon Spain, yet he was taken order with before it came to that. Francis Bacon.

    Griefs are green;
    And all thy friends which thou must make thy friends
    Have but their stings and teeth newly ta'en out. William Shakespeare.

    Take part in rejoicing for the victory over the Turks. Alexander Pope.

    Where arms take place, all other pleas are vain;
    Love taught me force, and force shall love maintain. Dry.

    The debt a man owes his father takes place, and gives the father a right to inherit. John Locke.

    The smooth pates now wear nothing but high shoes; and if a man is through with them in honest taking up, they stand upon security. William Shakespeare.

    We take up corn for them, that we may eat and live. Neh.

    When Winter shuts the seas, she to the merchant goes,
    Rich crystals of the rock she takes up there,
    Huge agat vases, and old china ware. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    I have anticipated already, and taken up from Boccace before I come to him. John Dryden, Fables.

    Men, for want of due payment, are forced to take up the necessaries of life at almost double value. Jonathan Swift.

    His divisions
    Are, one power against the French,
    And one against Glendower; perforce, a third
    Must take up us. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    We took up arms not to revenge ourselves, But free the commonwealth. Addison.

    They shall take up a lamentation for me. Ezek. xxv. 17.

    Princes friendship, which they take up upon the accounts of judgment and merit, they most times lay down out of humour. Robert South, Serm.

    A large vessel opened by incision must be taken up before you proceed. Samuel Sharp.

    Take my esteem,
    If from my heart you ask, or hope for more,
    I grieve the place is taken up before. Dryden.

    I intended to have left the stage, to which my genius never much inclined me, for a work which would have taken up my life in the performance. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Over-much anxiety in worldly things takes up the mind, hardly admitting so much as a thought of heaven. Brian Duppa.

    To understand fully his particular calling in the commonwealth, and religion, which is his calling, as he is a man, takes up his whole time. John Locke.

    Every one knows that mines alone furnish these: but withal, countries stored with mines are poor; the digging and refining of these metals taking up the labour, and wasting the number of the people. John Locke.

    We were so confident of success, that most of my fellow-soldiers were taken up with the same imaginations. Addison.

    The following letter is from an artist, now taken up with this invention. Addison.

    There is so much time taken up in the ceremony, that before they enter on their subject the dialogue is half ended. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    The affairs of religion and war took up Constantine so much, that he had not time to think of trade. Arbuthnot.

    When the compass of twelve books is taken up in these, the reader will wonder by what methods our author could prevent being tedious. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.

    Arnobius asserts, that men of the finest parts and learning, rhetoricians, lawyers, physicians, despising the sentiments they had been once fond of, took up their rest in the Christian religion. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

    Though the sheriff have this authority to take up all such stragglers, and imprison them; yet shall he not work that terror in their hearts that a marshal will, whom they know to have power of life and death. Edmund Spenser.

    I was taken up for laying them down. William Shakespeare.

    You have taken up,
    Under the counterfeited zeal of God,
    The subjects of his substitute, and here upswarm'd them. William Shakespeare.

    The ancients took up experiments upon credit, and did build great matters upon them. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    One of his relations took him up roundly, for stooping so much below the dignity of his profession. Roger L'Estrange.

    The plot is purely fiction; for I take it up where the history has laid it down. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    Soon as the evening shades prevail,
    The moon takes up the wond'rous tale,
    And nightly to the list'ning earth
    Repeats the story of her birth. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Take up these cloaths here quickly:
    Where's the cowlstaff? William Shakespeare.

    The least things are taken up by the thumb and forefinger; when we would take up a greater quantity, we would use the thumb and all the fingers. John Ray.

    Milo took up a calf daily on his shoulders, and at last arrived at firmness to bear the bull. Isaac Watts.

    The people by such thick throngs swarmed to the place, that the chambers which opened towards the scaffold were taken up. John Hayward.

    All vicious enormous practices are regularly consequent, where the other hath taken up the lodging. Henry Hammond.

    Committees, for the convenience of the common-council who took up the Guild-hall, sat in Grocer's-hall. Edward Hyde.

    When my concernment takes up no more room than myself, then so long as I know where to breathe, I know also where to be happy. Robert South, Sermons.

    These things being compared, notwithstanding the room that mountains take up on the dry land, there would be at least eight oceans required. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    When these waters were annihilated, so much other matter must be created to take up their places. Burnet.

    Princes were so taken up with wars, that few could write or read besides those of the long robes. William Temple.

    The buildings about took up the whole space. Arbuthnot.

    I have his horse to take up the quarrel. William Shakespeare.

    The greatest empires have had their rise from the pretence of taking up quarrels, or keeping the peace. Roger L'Estrange.

    I prefer in our countryman the noble poem of Palemon and Arcite, which is perhaps not much inferior to the Ilias, only it takes up seven years. John Dryden, Fables.

    God's decrees of salvation and damnation have been taken up by some of the Romish and Reformed churches, affixing them to mens particular entities, absolutely considered. Henry Hammond.

    The command in war is given to the strongest, or to the bravest; and in peace taken up and exercised by the boldest. William Temple.

    Assurance is properly that confidence which a man takes up of the pardon of his sins, upon such grounds as the scripture lays down. Robert South, Sermons.

    The French and we still change, but here's the curse,
    They change for better, and we change for worse.
    They take up our old trade of conquering,
    And we are taking their's to dance and sing. Dryden.

    He that will observe the conclusions men take up, must be satisfied they are not all rational. John Locke.

    Celibacy, in the church of Rome, was commonly forced, and taken up, under a bold vow. Francis Atterbury.

    Lewis Baboon had taken up the trade of clothier, without serving his time. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    Every man takes up those interests in which his humour engages him. Alexander Pope.

    If those proceedings were observed, morality and religion would soon become fashionable court virtues, and be taken up as the only methods to get or keep employments. Jonathan Swift.

    This great bassa was born in a poor country village, and in his childhood taken from his Christian parents, by such as take up the tribute children. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    If I had no more wit than he, to take a fault upon me that he did, he had been hang'd for't. William Shakespeare.

    He took not on him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham. Heb. ii. 16.

    For confederates, I will not take upon me the knowledge how the princes of Europe, at this day, stand affected towards Spain. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    Would I could your suff'rings bear;
    Or once again could some new way invent,
    To take upon myself your punishment. Dryden.

    She loves me, ev'n to suffer for my sake;
    And on herself would my refusal take. Dryden.

    These dangerous, unsafe lunes i' th' king! beshrew them,
    He must be told on't, and he shall; the office
    Becomes a woman best: I'll take't upon me. William Shakespeare.

    Look that you take upon you as you should. William Shakespeare.

    This every translator taketh upon himself to do. Henry Felton.

  2. To Takeverb

    The inclination to goodness, if it issue not towards men, it will take unto other things. Francis Bacon.

    The king began to be troubled with the gout; but the defluxion taking also into his breast, wasted his lungs. Francis Bacon.

    All men being alarmed with it, and in dreadful suspence of the event, some took towards the park. Dryden.

    To shun thy lawless lust the dying bride,
    Unwary, took along the river’s side. Dryden.

    An apple of Sodom, though it may entertain the eye with a florid white and red, yet fills the hand with stench and foulness: fair in look and rotten at heart, as the gayest and most taking things are. Robert South, Sermons.

    Words and thoughts, which cannot be changed but for the worse, must of necessity escape the transient view upon the theatre; and yet without these a play may take. Dryden.

    Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake,
    And hint he writ it, if the thing shou’d take. Addison.

    The work may be well performed, but will never take if it is not set off with proper scenes. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    May the man grow wittier and wiser by finding that this stuff will not take nor please; and since by a little smattering in learning, and great conceit of himself, he has lost his religion, may he find it again by harder study and an humbler mind. Richard Bentley.

    In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh, but is overcome by the mind passive before it work any manifest effect. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 901.

    The clods, expos’d to Winter winds, will bake,
    For putrid earth will best in vineyards take. Dryden.

    When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. Francis Bacon.

    Beasts, that converse
    With man, take after him, as hogs
    Get pigs all th’ year, and bitches dogs. Hudibras. p. i.

    We cannot but think that he has taken after a good pattern. Francis Atterbury.

    Upon the sea-coast are parcels of land that would pay well for the taking in. John Mortimer, Husb.

    Till there were a perfect reformation, nothing would prosper that they took in hand. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Men once placed take in with the contrary faction to that by which they enter. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Some laws restrained the extravagant power of the nobility, the diminution whereof they took very heavily, though at that time they took little notice of it. Edward Hyde.

    Your husband is in his old tunes again; he so takes on yonder with me husband, that any madness I ever yet beheld seemed but tameness to this distemper. William Shakespeare.

    In horses, the smell of a dead horse maketh them fly away, and take on as if they were mad. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    How will my mother, for a father’s death,
    Take on with me, and ne’er be satisfy’d? William Shakespeare.

    Have him understand it as a play of older people, and he will take to it of himself. John Locke.

    Miss Betsey won’t take to her book. Jonathan Swift.

    The heirs to titles and large estates could never take to their books, yet are well enough qualified to sign a receipt for half a year’s rent. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. Psal. xlviii. 6.

    They sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words. Luke. xx. 20.

    If I had taken to the church, I should have had more sense than to have turned myself out of my benefice by writing libels. Dryden.

    The callow storks with lizzard and with snake
    Are fed, and soon as e’er to wing they take,
    At sight those animals for food pursue. John Dryden.

    Men of learning who take to business, discharge it generally with greater honesty than men of the world. Addison.

    The mind of man being naturally timorous of truth, and yet averse to that diligent search necessary to its discovery, it must needs take up short of what is really so. Joseph Glanvill.

    This grated harder upon the hearts of men, than the strangeness of all the former articles that took up chiefly in speculation. South.

    Sinners at last take up, and settle in a contempt of all religion, which is called sitting in the seat of the scornful. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    This rational thought wrought so effectually, that it made him take up, and from that time prove a good husband. John Locke.

    The ass takes up with that for his satisfaction, which he reckoned upon before for his misfortune. Roger L'Estrange.

    The law and gospel call aloud for active obedience, and such a piety as takes not up with idle inclinations, but shows itself in solid instances of practice. South.

    I could as easily take up with that senseless assertion of the Stoicks, that virtues and vices are real bodies and distinct animals, as with this of the atheist, that they can all be derived from the power of mere bodies. Richard Bentley.

    A poor gentleman ought not to be curate of a parish, except he be cunninger than the devil. It will be difficult to remedy this, because whoever had half his cunning would never take up with a vicarage of ten pounds. Jonathan Swift.

    In affairs which may have an extensive influence on our future happiness, we should not take up with probabilities. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Who would not rather take up with the wolf in the woods, than make such a clutter in the world? Roger L'Estrange.

    Are dogs such desirable company to take up with? South.

    His name and credit shall you undertake, And in my house you shall be friendly lodg’d: In 1643, the parliament took upon them to call an assembly of divines, to settle some church controversies, of which many were unfit to judge. Robert Sanderson.

    I take not on me here as a physician:
    Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,
    Troop in the throngs of military men:
    But rather
    To purge th’ obstructions, which begins to stop
    Our very veins of life. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Our gracious master is a precedent to his own subjects, and seasonable memento’s may be useful; and being discretely used, cannot but take well with him. Francis Bacon.


  1. Take

    The term "take" can be defined as an action where someone or something seizes, captures, grasps, or receives possession of something else. It can also refer to the act of consuming or ingesting food or drink. Additionally, "take" can mean to assume or undertake a responsibility, duty, or role. In a broader sense, "take" can also denote the process of accepting or understanding information, ideas, or concepts.

  2. take

    The word "take" is a versatile verb that can have multiple meanings depending on the context. In a general sense, it refers to the action of acquiring, obtaining, or receiving something. It can also imply the act of carrying, grabbing, or holding onto something. Additionally, "take" can denote the act of understanding, interpreting, or perceiving information or directions. Furthermore, it can mean participating in an activity or event, or even assuming control or responsibility. Ultimately, the definition of "take" can vary depending on its usage in a specific sentence or context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Take


  2. Takeverb

    in an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to convey

  3. Takeverb

    to obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make prisoner; as, to take am army, a city, or a ship; also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack; to seize; -- said of a disease, misfortune, or the like

  4. Takeverb

    to gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm

  5. Takeverb

    to make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right

  6. Takeverb

    to employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat

  7. Takeverb

    to form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take picture of a person

  8. Takeverb

    to draw; to deduce; to derive

  9. Takeverb

    to assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to; to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest, revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a resolution; -- used in general senses, limited by a following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as, to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say

  10. Takeverb

    to lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church

  11. Takeverb

    to carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery

  12. Takeverb

    to remove; to withdraw; to deduct; -- with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four

  13. Takeverb

    in a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept

  14. Takeverb

    to accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit

  15. Takeverb

    to receive as something to be eaten or dronk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine

  16. Takeverb

    not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence

  17. Takeverb

    to bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to; to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will take an affront from no man

  18. Takeverb

    to admit, as, something presented to the mind; not to dispute; to allow; to accept; to receive in thought; to entertain in opinion; to understand; to interpret; to regard or look upon; to consider; to suppose; as, to take a thing for granted; this I take to be man's motive; to take men for spies

  19. Takeverb

    to accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept; to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with; -- used in general senses; as, to take a form or shape

  20. Takeverb

    to take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take

  21. Takeverb

    to please; to gain reception; to succeed

  22. Takeverb

    to move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; -- usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge

  23. Takeverb

    to admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well

  24. Takenoun

    that which is taken; especially, the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch

  25. Takenoun

    the quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time


  1. Take

    A take is a single continuous recorded performance. The term is used in film and music to denote and track the stages of production.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Take

    tāk, v.t. to lay hold of: to get into one's possession: to catch: to capture: to captivate: to receive: to choose: to use: to allow: to understand: to agree to: to become affected with.—v.i. to catch: to have the intended effect: to gain reception, to please: to move or direct the course of: to have recourse to:—pa.t. took; pa.p. tā′ken.n. quantity of fish taken or captured at one time.—ns. Take′-in, an imposition, fraud: that by which one is deceived; Take′-off, a burlesque representation of any one; Tā′ker; Tā′king, act of taking or gaining possession: a seizing: agitation, excitement: (Spens. sickness: (Shak.) witchery: malignant influence.—adj. captivating: alluring.—adv. Tā′kingly.—n. Tā′kingness, quality of being taking or attractive.—adj. Tā′ky, attractive.—Take advantage of, to employ to advantage: to make use of circumstances to the prejudice of; Take after, to follow in resemblance; Take air, to be disclosed or made public; Take breath, to stop in order to breathe, to be refreshed; Take care, care of (see Care); Take down, to reduce: to bring down from a higher place, to lower: to swallow: to pull down: to write down; Take for, to mistake; Take French leave (see French); Take from, to derogate or detract from; Take heed, to be careful; Take heed to, to attend to with care; Take in, to enclose, to embrace: to receive: to contract, to furl, as a sail: to comprehend: to accept as true: to cheat: (Shak.) to conquer; Take in hand, to undertake; Take into one's head, to be seized with a sudden notion; Take in vain, to use with unbecoming levity or profaneness; Take in with, to deceive by means of; Take it out of, to extort reparation from: to exhaust the strength or energy of; Take leave (see Leave); Taken in, deceived, cheated; Take notice, to observe: to show that observation is made: (with of) to remark upon; Take off, to remove: to swallow: to mimic or imitate; Take on, to take upon: to claim a character: (coll.) to grieve; Take orders, to receive ordination; Take order with (Bacon), to check; Take out, to remove from within: to deduct: (Shak.) to copy; Take part, to share; Take place, to happen: to prevail; Take root, to strike out roots, to live and grow, as a plant: to be established; Take the field, to begin military operations; Take the wall of, to pass on the side nearest the wall: to get the advantage of; Take to, to apply to: to resort to: to be fond of; Take to heart, to feel sensibly; Take up, to lift, to raise: (Shak.) to borrow money, to buy on credit, to make up a quarrel: to employ, occupy or fill: to arrest: to comprise; Take up arms, to commence to fight; Take upon, to assume; Take up with, to be pleased or contented with, to form a connection with, to fall in love with: to lodge; Take with, to be pleased with. [M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. take

    The draught of fishes in a single drag of the net. Also, to take, in a military sense, to take or adopt any particular formation, as to take open order, or to take ground to the right or the left.--To take an astronomical observation, so to ascertain the position of a celestial body as to learn from it the place of the ship.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. take

    To lay hold of; to seize. To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to capture; to make prisoner. To attack; to seize; as, to take an army, a city, or a ship. To take aim, to direct the eye or weapon; to aim. To take arms, to commence war or hostilities. To take advantage of, to avail one’s self of any peculiar event or opening, whereby an army may be overcome. To take ground to the right or left, is to extend a line, or to move troops in either of those directions. To take down, is to commit to paper that which is spoken by another. To take on, an expression in familiar use among soldiers that have enlisted for a limited period, to signify an extension of service by re-enlisting. To take the field, is to encamp, to commence the operations of a campaign. To take up, to seize; to catch; to arrest; as, to take up a deserter. To take up quarters, to occupy locally; to go into cantonments, barracks, etc.; to become stationary for more or less time. To take up the gauntlet, is to accept a challenge.

Editors Contribution

  1. take

    To travel in a specific direction.

    We take the easy route to our sisters.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

  2. take

    To use an amount of.

    They took the products out of the shop to ensure the market stall had enough products.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

  3. take

    To choose from a number of items.

    He did take the bun with the cream as that was his favourite, they were all happy.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

  4. take

    To choose a form of transport.

    She did take the car over to the supermarket as she was buying a large amount of food.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

  5. take

    To receive.

    They did take the money from our bank account as we did complete a direct debit authorization form.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'take' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #124

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'take' in Written Corpus Frequency: #130

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'take' in Verbs Frequency: #13

Anagrams for take »

  1. Kate

  2. teak

  3. keta

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of take in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of take in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of take in a Sentence

  1. Russell Simmons:

    If you could take Barack Obama's image, add Hillary Rodham Clinton's money and John Edwards' voice, that would be my candidate.

  2. President Biden:

    They will not let me, understandably, I guess, cross the border and take a look at what’s going on in Ukraine.

  3. Mary Jo Hartman:

    You can find positive things. We can turn negatives into positives, you can take what is trying to drag our lives down into something better. If not for myself, maybe somebody else.

  4. Jeanine Motsay:

    What we really want to do is get them the facts, they're smart. They can take that information and they can work with it because I can guarantee you ... if we're not out there communicating with our kids, somebody else is and they're giving them this information and that's not what we want.

  5. Barron Trump:

    They said it would be a good time to go down and take a look because maybe sometime you're going to need it.

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Translations for take

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  • агараAbkhaz
  • neemAfrikaans
  • اخذ, يأخذ, اِسْتَغْرَقَ, مَسَكَArabic
  • almaqAzerbaijani
  • браць, ўзяць, узя́цьBelarusian
  • взе́ма, взе́мам, взи́мамBulgarian
  • নেওয়া, গ্রহণ করাBengali
  • prendre, portar, violar, agafar, forçar, escollir, presaCatalan, Valencian
  • dobýt, zisk, vzít, vydržet, brát, vzaný, unést, vzetí, názor, vystátCzech
  • mynd â, dwynWelsh
  • tageDanish
  • aushalten, nehmen, einnehmen, tragen, dauern, annehmen, greifenGerman
  • διαλέγω, παίρνωGreek
  • preniEsperanto
  • llevar, tomar, punto de vista, soportar, aguantar, toma, recompensa, violarSpanish
  • võtmaEstonian
  • بردن, برداشتن, گرفتنPersian
  • ottaa, hyväksyä, sietää, otto, viedä, valita, voitto, kestää, mielipide, väkisin, tuottoFinnish
  • prendre, forcer, violerFrench
  • tógIrish
  • gabhScottish Gaelic
  • לקח, בחר, תפס, שלל, נמשך, נשא, רווח, קיבל, לקיחה, לָקַחHebrew
  • लेनाHindi
  • pranHaitian Creole
  • veszHungarian
  • վերցնել, առնել, ընդունելArmenian
  • prenderInterlingua
  • mengambilIndonesian
  • taka, nemaIcelandic
  • prendereItalian
  • 選ぶ, 襲う, 掛かる, つかむ, 飲む, 受け付ける, 運ぶ, 壊さずに運ぶ, 見解, 獲得, 取る, テイク, 利益, 取得, 占拠, 摂取する, 我慢Japanese
  • აღებაGeorgian
  • алуKazakh
  • យកKhmer
  • 걸리다, 잡다Korean
  • алууKyrgyz
  • sumo, capio, prehendo, feroLatin
  • huelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ເອົາLao
  • imtiLithuanian
  • ņemtLatvian
  • поглед, земање, зема, зазема, прифаќа, добивка, присвојува, грабнуваMacedonian
  • авахMongolian
  • ħaMaltese
  • ယူBurmese
  • nemen, pakkenDutch
  • gevinst, ta, fangst, voldta, mottak, gripe, opptak, tåle, bringeNorwegian
  • исынOssetian, Ossetic
  • branie, brać, zażywać, wziąć, zawładnąć, wybrać, wzięcie, przyjmowaćPolish
  • tomar, pegar, levar, tomada, rendimento, violentar, aguentar, ponto de vista, ter, violar, aceitar, escolher, durar, carregar, agarrar, levaPortuguese
  • piglier, prenderRomansh
  • luaRomanian
  • вы́нести, хвата́ть, брать, принима́ть, забра́ть, заня́ть, вы́держать, занима́ть, взять, приня́ть, захва́тывать, выбира́ть, выде́рживать, дубль, захвати́ть, вы́брать, схвати́ть, выноси́ть, нести́, забира́тьRussian
  • levare, leare, lebare, leaiSardinian
  • prisvojiti, proživjeti, prigrliti, izdržati, ščepati, uzeti, odabrati, zgrabiti, nagrada, osvojiti, konzumirati, uzimanje, шчепати, узети, pogled, zadobiti, trajati, dobīt, prihvatiti, зграбити, uzdržati, ponijetiSerbo-Croatian
  • අරගන්නවාSinhala, Sinhalese
  • brať, vziaťSlovak
  • vzeti, zavzeti, bratiSlovene
  • merrAlbanian
  • erövra, byte, tag, välja, gripa, ta, tagning, till, tåla, föra, hålla, intäkter, sig, synpunkt, fångst, på, tagande, få, fram, fattaSwedish
  • எடுTamil
  • తీసుకొనుTelugu
  • гирифтанTajik
  • หยิบ, เอาThai
  • almak, tutmakTurkmen
  • taşımak, seçmek, sürmek, kabul etmek, dayanmak, tepki, tutmak, kâr, tutma, almak, katlanmak, kazanç, tutuş, tahammül etmek, götürmek, görüşTurkish
  • алыргаTatar
  • взя́ти, бра́тиUkrainian
  • لیناUrdu
  • olmoqUzbek
  • nắmVietnamese
  • נעמעןYiddish
  • Chinese

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