- 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 partaking
She moved to England where she eventually abandoned her photography, partaking in only a few projects towards the end of her life.‘Lee Miller in Fashion’: A Look at the Famed War Photographer’s More Unknown Work
October 7, 2013
But partaking in these clubs is less like eating your vegetables and more like enjoying a guilty pleasure.How Book Clubs Went Indie: The Success of Emily Books, The Nervous Breakdown & More
September 13, 2012
Partaking in the joys of such transforming garments must be tricky in the dating years.My Nuclear Knickers and Other Aging Secrets
October 28, 2008
Pierre did not speak out until they were partaking of dessert.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
What if she, by partaking of his fortunes, might have won him to an honorable and just life.
But are there any modes of partaking of being other than these?
But can it partake of being when not partaking of being, or not partake of being when partaking of being?
Nor by reason of themselves will they be other than one another, if not partaking of the other.
- (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 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.