verb (used without object), par·took, par·tak·en, par·tak·ing.

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), par·took, par·tak·en, par·tak·ing.

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 formspar·tak·a·ble, adjectivepar·tak·er, nounpre·par·take, verb (used without object), pre·par·took, pre·par·tak·en, pre·par·tak·ing.un·par·tak·en, adjectiveun·par·tak·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See share1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for partake

Contemporary Examples of partake

Historical Examples of partake

  • Dost think I can let thee go into a danger I do not partake?

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Each day it is spread, and each year there are more Bears to partake of it.

    The Biography of a Grizzly

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

  • What if Benedetta, what if Dario should partake of that fruit?

  • If you are hungry, come in and partake of the liberal plenty the castle affords.


    William Godwin

  • Partake then, my Imogen, in those refreshments we have prepared for your gratification.


    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for partake


verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (mainly intr)

(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
Derived Formspartaker, noun

Word Origin for partake

C16: back formation from partaker, earlier part taker, based on Latin particeps participant; see part, take


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
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Word Origin and History for partake

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.

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