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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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  • But can it partake of being when not partaking of being, or not partake of being when partaking of being?

    Parmenides Plato
  • I asked to be excused from partaking of the refreshments which were served.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • I had questioned him, but I was quite as much surprised at hearing an answer, as at the repast of which he was partaking.

    Brownsmith's Boy George Manville Fenn
  • They were soon after seated near the fire, partaking of the evening meal.

    The Dingo Boys G. Manville Fenn
  • People are often surprised when they get indigestion after partaking of bread and milk; that is, bread soaked in hot milk.

  • Our two friends were not backward in partaking of the merriment.

  • These instantaneous thoughts were yet in their essence heavy and slow, partaking of the nature of the man.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for partaking


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 partaking



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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