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retake

[verb ree-teyk; noun ree-teyk] /verb riˈteɪk; noun ˈriˌteɪk/
verb (used with object), retook, retaken, retaking.
1.
to take again; take back.
2.
to recapture.
3.
to photograph or film again.
noun
4.
the act of photographing or filming again.
5.
a picture, scene, sequence, etc., that is to be or has been photographed or filmed again.
Origin of retake
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; re- + take
Related forms
retaker, noun
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  • Orders had been received to retake Bazeilles at every cost, and drive the Bavarians into the Meuse.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • No attempt was made to retake the town, for there could be no profit in gaining what could not be held.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • "The Zouaves are to retake the village, with the bayonet," he said.

  • A little later the place where the retake was to be made was reached.

  • An enemy might at any moment appear, and not only retake the prize, but themselves.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for retake

retake

verb (transitive) (riːˈteɪk) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
1.
to take back or capture again: to retake a fortress
2.
(films) to shoot again (a shot or scene)
3.
to tape again (a recording)
noun (ˈriːˌteɪk)
4.
(films) a rephotographed shot or scene
5.
a retaped recording
Derived Forms
retaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for retake
v.

mid-15c., "to take back," from re- "back, again" + take (v.). Meaning "to recapture" is recorded from 1640s; sense of "to record a second time" is attested from 1962. Related: Retook; retaking; retaken. As a noun from 1918; figurative use from 1937.

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