[ verb ree-teyk; noun ree-teyk ]
/ verb riˈteɪk; noun ˈriˌteɪk /

verb (used with object), re·took, re·tak·en, re·tak·ing.

to take again; take back.
to recapture.
to photograph or film again.


the act of photographing or filming again.
a picture, scene, sequence, etc., that is to be or has been photographed or filmed again.

Nearby words

  1. retained testis,
  2. retainer,
  3. retainership,
  4. retaining ring,
  5. retaining wall,
  6. retaliate,
  7. retaliation,
  8. retaliatory,
  9. retard,
  10. retardance

Origin of retake

First recorded in 1580–90; re- + take

Related formsre·tak·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for retaken

British Dictionary definitions for retaken


verb (riːˈteɪk) -takes, -taking, -took or -taken (tr)

to take back or capture againto retake a fortress
films to shoot again (a shot or scene)
to tape again (a recording)

noun (ˈriːˌteɪk)

films a rephotographed shot or scene
a retaped recording
Derived Formsretaker, noun

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Word Origin and History for retaken



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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