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[verb ree-teyk; noun ree-teyk]
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verb (used with object), re·took, re·tak·en, re·tak·ing.
  1. to take again; take back.
  2. to recapture.
  3. to photograph or film again.
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  1. the act of photographing or filming again.
  2. a picture, scene, sequence, etc., that is to be or has been photographed or filmed again.
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Origin of retake

First recorded in 1580–90; re- + take
Related formsre·tak·er, noun
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Related Words for retake

restore, recover, reclaim, convert, rescue, regenerate, repossess, redeem, recondition, recycle, salvage, remodel, reassume, reoccupy

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Historical Examples of retake

  • 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 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


verb (riːˈteɪk) -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)
  1. to take back or capture againto retake a fortress
  2. films to shoot again (a shot or scene)
  3. to tape again (a recording)
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noun (ˈriːˌteɪk)
  1. films a rephotographed shot or scene
  2. a retaped recording
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Derived Formsretaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for retake


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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