[ verb ree-teyk; noun ree-teyk ]
See synonyms for: retakeretook on

verb (used with object),re·took [ree-took], /riˈtʊk/, re·tak·en, re·tak·ing.
  1. to take again; take back.

  2. to recapture.

  1. to photograph or film again.

  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.

Origin of retake

First recorded in 1580–90; re- + take

Other words from retake

  • re·tak·er, noun

Words Nearby retake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use retake in a sentence

  • As the Kenyan government struggled to retake the mall, Shabaab lobbed taunt after taunt.

    Syria’s Jihadist Twitter Wars | Bill Roggio | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The Spanish ships retired before Macnamara, and he ran under the guns of the forts of Colonia, in order to retake the place.

  • Marlborough then prepared to take the offensive, and ordered Colonel Cadogan to retake Eynes.

    The Cornet of Horse | G. A. Henty
  • The Americans fitted out a large military force to retake Detroit, and overthrow the Indians who threatened the settlements.

    Four American Indians | Edson L. Whitney
  • The mountaineer and his men dashed to the rescue, recaptured all the cattle, but were unable to retake the horses.

    The Life of Kit Carson | Edward S. Ellis
  • The Russians made three attempts to retake it, the last led by a large body of officers alone.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I | Demetrius Charles Boulger

British Dictionary definitions for retake


verb(riːˈteɪk) -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)
  1. to take back or capture again: to retake a fortress

  2. films to shoot again (a shot or scene)

  1. to tape again (a recording)

  1. films a rephotographed shot or scene

  2. a retaped recording

Derived forms of retake

  • retaker, noun

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