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[pahr-teyk] /pɑrˈteɪk/
verb (used without object), partook, partaken, partaking.
to take or have a part or share along with others; participate (usually followed by in):
He won't partake in the victory celebration.
to receive, take, or have a share or portion (usually followed by of):
to partake of a meal.
to have something of the nature or character (usually followed by of):
feelings partaking of both joy and regret.
verb (used with object), partook, partaken, partaking.
to take or have a part in; share.
Origin of partake
1555-65; back formation from partaking, Middle English part taking, translation of Latin participātiō participation
Related forms
partakable, adjective
partaker, noun
prepartake, verb (used without object), prepartook, prepartaken, prepartaking.
unpartaken, adjective
unpartaking, adjective
1. See share1 . Unabridged
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  • Had there been, he probably would have invited the visitor to walk to the fire and partake.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • But not even as a medicine could Squire Fishley be induced to partake of any of the fire-water.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • It was only fair that he should partake of the good fortune that had fallen to her lot.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • The animals appear to partake both of the nature of the deer and of the goat.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • These Mysteries teach us how to partake of the merits of the redemption.

British Dictionary definitions for partake


verb (mainly intransitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
(foll by in) to have a share; participate: to partake in the excitement
(foll by of) to take or receive a portion, esp of food or drink: each partook of the food offered to him
(foll by of) to suggest or have some of the quality (of): music partaking of sadness
(transitive) (archaic) to share in
Derived Forms
partaker, noun
Usage note
Partake of is sometimes wrongly used as if it were a synonym of eat or drink. Correctly, one can only partake of food or drink which is available for several people to share
Word Origin
C16: back formation from partaker, earlier part taker, based on Latin particeps participant; see part, take
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for partake

1560s, back-formation from Middle English part-taking (late 14c.), or part-taker (c.1400), both translations of Latin particeps "participant" (n.), also "sharing, partaking" (see participation). Related: Partook; partaking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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