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take in

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. take-inverb

    the act of taking in as by fooling or cheating or swindling someone

  2. take inverb

    provide with shelter

  3. gull, dupe, slang, befool, cod, fool, put on, take in, put one over, put one acrossverb

    fool or hoax

    "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!"

  4. absorb, take inverb

    suck or take up or in

    "A black star absorbs all matter"

  5. take inverb

    visit for entertainment

    "take in the sights"

  6. collect, take inverb

    call for and obtain payment of

    "we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts"; "he collected the rent"

  7. watch, view, see, catch, take inverb

    see or watch

    "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"

  8. receive, take in, inviteverb

    express willingness to have in one's home or environs

    "The community warmly received the refugees"

  9. take in, gather inverb

    fold up

    "take in the sails"

  10. absorb, assimilate, ingest, take inverb

    take up mentally

    "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

  11. gain, take in, clear, make, earn, realize, realise, pull in, bring inverb

    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

    "How much do you make a month in your new job?"; "She earns a lot in her new job"; "this merger brought in lots of money"; "He clears $5,000 each month"

  12. catch, take in, overhearverb

    hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

    "We overheard the conversation at the next table"

  13. take in, take upverb


    "The cloth takes up the liquid"

  14. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take upverb

    take in, also metaphorically

    "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

  15. take in, sop up, suck in, take upverb

    take up as if with a sponge

  16. 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"

  17. adopt, take inverb

    take into one's family

    "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"

  18. take inverb

    make (clothes) smaller

    "Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight"


  1. take inverb

    To deceive; to hoodwink.

  2. take inverb

    To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.

  3. take inverb

    To absorb or comprehend.

  4. take inverb

    To receive into your home for the purpose of processing for a fee.

  5. take inverb

    To subscribe to home delivery of.

  6. take inverb

    To attend a showing of.

Anagrams for take in »

  1. intake

  2. Kantei

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of take in in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of take in in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of take in in a Sentence

  1. Lewis Thomas:

    We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.

  2. James Clyburn:

    We'll take the vote that we should take in the House, and( Pelosi) will make the determination as to when is the best time to get that vote and get the managers appointed and move that legislation over to the Senate, it just so happens that if it didn't go over there for 100 days, it could -- let's give President-elect Biden the 100 days he needs to get his agenda off and running, and maybe we'll send the articles sometime after that.

  3. Janet Sitzmann:

    I had a limited number of steps I could take in one day, and I really guarded them.

  4. Santos Silva:

    The commitment to take in 500 of the (over) 5,000 unaccompanied minors in camps in Greece remains and it will happen as soon as restrictions due to the pandemic allow us.

  5. Martha Savery:

    If your family has significant medical expenses ... or if they've had to take in a family member or seen a reduction in hours, that's worth mentioning.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. famish
    • B. efface
    • C. affront
    • D. emanate

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