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[pahr-too k]
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  1. simple past tense of partake.
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verb (used without object), par·took, 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.
  3. to have something of the nature or character (usually followed by of): feelings partaking of both joy and regret.
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verb (used with object), par·took, par·tak·en, par·tak·ing.
  1. to take or have a part in; share.
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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

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1. See share1.
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Related Words for partook

feed, sip, consume, engage, receive, ingest, sample, savor, devour, take, participate, divide

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Historical Examples of partook

  • The fruit of which they partook freely was quite sweet and palatable.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He politely tendered his open snuff-box, of which I partook, experimentally.

  • They, however, sat down, and partook freely of the various delicacies.

  • All she had ever seen of foreign society, partook of this character.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • The guests were no less various than the good things of which they partook.

British Dictionary definitions for partook


  1. the past tense of partake
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verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (mainly intr)
  1. (foll by in) to have a share; participateto partake in the excitement
  2. (foll by of) to take or receive a portion, esp of food or drinkeach partook of the food offered to him
  3. (foll by of) to suggest or have some of the quality (of)music partaking of sadness
  4. (tr) archaic to share in
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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 partook



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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