What does take mean?

Definitions for take

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word take.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoff(noun)

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

    "the average return was about 5%"

  2. take(verb)

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

  3. take(verb)

    carry out

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

  4. take, occupy, use up(verb)

    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, guide(verb)

    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 of(verb)

    get into one's hands, take physically

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

  7. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take(verb)

    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, read(verb)

    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, take(verb)

    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. take(verb)

    take into one's possession

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

  11. take(verb)

    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 out(verb)

    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, have(verb)

    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, occupy(verb)

    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 at(verb)

    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, demand(verb)

    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. take(verb)

    experience or feel or submit to

    "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"

  18. film, shoot, take(verb)

    make a film or photograph of something

    "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"

  19. remove, take, take away, withdraw(verb)

    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, have(verb)

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

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

  21. take, submit(verb)

    accept or undergo, often unwillingly

    "We took a pay cut"

  22. take, accept(verb)

    make use of or accept for some purpose

    "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"

  23. take(verb)

    take by force

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

  24. assume, take, strike, take up(verb)

    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 on(verb)

    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. take(verb)

    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, take(verb)

    be a student of a certain subject

    "She is reading for the bar exam"

  28. claim, take, exact(verb)

    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, make(verb)

    head into a specified direction

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

  30. aim, take, train, take aim, direct(verb)

    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. take(verb)

    be seized or affected in a specified way

    "take sick"; "be taken drunk"

  32. carry, pack, take(verb)

    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, take(verb)

    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, take(verb)

    receive or obtain regularly

    "We take the Times every day"

  35. take(verb)

    buy, select

    "I'll take a pound of that sausage"

  36. take(verb)

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

    "take shelter from the storm"

  37. take, have(verb)

    have sex with; archaic use

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

  38. claim, take(verb)

    lay claim to; as of an idea

    "She took credit for the whole idea"

  39. accept, take(verb)

    be designed to hold or take

    "This surface will not take the dye"

  40. contain, take, hold(verb)

    be capable of holding or containing

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

  41. take(verb)

    develop a habit

    "He took to visiting bars"

  42. drive, take(verb)

    proceed along in a vehicle

    "We drive the turnpike to work"

  43. take(verb)

    obtain by winning

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

  44. contract, take, get(verb)

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

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


  1. take(Noun)

    An act of taking.

  2. take(Noun)

    Something that is taken.

  3. take(Noun)

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

  4. take(Noun)

    An interpretation or view; perspective.

    What's your take on this issue, Fred?

  5. take(Noun)

    An attempt to record a scene.

  6. take(Noun)

    A catch.

  7. take(Noun)

    A facial gesture in response to an event.

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

  8. take(Noun)

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

  9. take(Verb)

    To grasp with the hands.

  10. take(Verb)

    To grab and move to oneself.

    I'll take that plate off the table.

  11. take(Verb)

    To get into one's possession.

  12. take(Verb)

    To accept.

  13. take(Verb)

    To gain a position by force.

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

  14. take(Verb)

    To have sex forcefully with, possibly without consent.

    The rapist took his victims in dark alleys.

  15. take(Verb)

    To carry, particularly to a particular destination.

    I'll take the plate with me.

  16. take(Verb)

    To choose.

    I'll take the blue plates.

  17. take(Verb)

    To support or carry without failing or breaking.

    That truck bed will only take two tons.

  18. take(Verb)

    To endure or cope with.

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

  19. take(Verb)

    To not swing at a pitch

    He'll probably take this one.

  20. take(Verb)

    To ingest medicine, drugs, etc.

    I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.

  21. take(Verb)

    To assume or interpret to be.

  22. take(Verb)

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

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

  23. take(Verb)

    To participate in, undergo, or experience.

  24. take(Verb)

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

  25. take(Verb)

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

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

  26. take(Verb)

    To stick, persist, thrive or remain.

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

  27. take(Verb)

    To become.

  28. take(Verb)

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

  29. take(Verb)

    To require.

  30. take(Verb)

    To capture using a photographic camera.

    The photographer took a picture of our family.

  31. take(Verb)

    To last or expend [an amount of time].

    I estimate the trip will take about ten minutes.

  32. take(Verb)

    To use

  33. take(Verb)

    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. take(Verb)

    To deliver, give (something); to entrust.

  35. take(Verb)

    To go.

  36. take(Verb)

    To habituate to or gain competency at a task

    I take to swimming like a fish.

  37. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Take


  2. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

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

  5. Take(verb)

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

  6. Take(verb)

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

  7. Take(verb)

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

  8. Take(verb)

    to draw; to deduce; to derive

  9. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

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

  11. Take(verb)

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

  12. Take(verb)

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

  13. Take(verb)

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

  14. Take(verb)

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

  15. Take(verb)

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

  16. Take(verb)

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

  17. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

    to please; to gain reception; to succeed

  22. Take(verb)

    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. Take(verb)

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

  24. Take(noun)

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

  25. Take(noun)

    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.]

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  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

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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. Marisa Salgado:

    He won't take it.

  2. Merlin Mann:

    Take it and Turn it

  3. Conchita Wurst:

    Just take your time.

  4. Charles Gladden:

    I take care of them.

  5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    Take a brief moment.

Images & Illustrations of take

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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

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