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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
Synonym Study
1. See share1. Unabridged
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  • You have shaken him by the hand, and partaken of his hospitality.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • For her he had robbed the bees' nest that very day, and I had but partaken of the spoil.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • After they had partaken of food and drink the maids rose, danced and sung.

  • Boche said that Nana and Pauline were women now that they had partaken of communion.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • After we had partaken of it, they supplied us with pipes and tobacco, and the conference began.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • He found in the dining room a breakfast laid, of which somebody had just partaken.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Assuredly a clean vegetable, and as such to be partaken of freely.

  • The last mess on the Morvada was partaken of at the conclusion of the parade.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
British Dictionary definitions for partaken


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
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Word Origin and History for partaken



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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