[ pahr-teyk ]
See synonyms for: partakepartakenpartookpartaker on

verb (used without object),par·took [pahr-took], /pɑrˈtʊk/, par·tak·en, par·tak·ing.
  1. to take or have a part or share along with others; participate (usually followed by in): He won't partake in the victory celebration.

  2. to receive, take, or have a share or portion (usually followed by of): to partake of a meal.

  1. 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 [pahr-took], /pɑrˈtʊk/, par·tak·en, par·tak·ing.
  1. to take or have a part in; share.

Origin of partake

First recorded in 1555–65; back formation from partaking, Middle English part taking, translation of Latin participātiō “taking part”; see participation

synonym study For partake

1. See share1.

Other words from partake

  • par·tak·a·ble, adjective
  • par·tak·er, noun
  • pre·par·take, verb (used without object), pre·par·took, pre·par·tak·en, pre·par·tak·ing.
  • un·par·tak·en, adjective
  • un·par·tak·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use partake in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for partake


/ (pɑːˈteɪk) /

verb-takes, -taking, -took or -taken (mainly intr)
  1. (foll by in) to have a share; participate: to partake in the excitement

  2. (foll by of) to take or receive a portion, esp of food or drink: each partook of the food offered to him

  1. (foll by of) to suggest or have some of the quality (of): music partaking of sadness

  2. (tr) archaic to share in

Origin of partake

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

usage For partake

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

Derived forms of partake

  • partaker, noun

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