- 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.
- to take or have a part in; share.
Origin of partake
Examples from the Web for partaken
I must admit I have partaken in many of the adventures that go along with the privilege of driving a hippie camper van.Dude, Where’s My Bus? Fast Times in the Iconic VW Van
October 13, 2013
The few times I have partaken in smoking pot it has been a mild experience.Meghan McCain Says Yes to Legalizing Marijuana
June 11, 2012
You have shaken him by the hand, and partaken of his hospitality.The Hunted Outlaw
For her he had robbed the bees' nest that very day, and I had but partaken of the spoil.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
After they had partaken of food and drink the maids rose, danced and sung.The Chinese Fairy Book
Boche said that Nana and Pauline were women now that they had partaken of communion.L'Assommoir
After we had partaken of it, they supplied us with pipes and tobacco, and the conference began.Hair Breadth Escapes
T. S. Arthur
- (foll by in) to have a share; participateto partake in the excitement
- (foll by of) to take or receive a portion, esp of food or drinkeach partook of the food offered to him
- (foll by of) to suggest or have some of the quality (of)music partaking of sadness
- (tr) archaic to share in
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.