Nearby words

  1. takao,
  2. takasaki,
  3. takatsuki,
  4. takayasu's disease,
  5. takayasu's syndrome,
  6. take a back seat,
  7. take a bath,
  8. take a bow,
  9. take a break,
  10. take a chance


Origin of take

before 1100; Middle English taken to take, strike, lay hold of, grasp, late Old English tacan to grasp, touch < Old Norse taka to take; cognate with Middle Dutch taken to grasp, Gothic tekan to touch

Related formstak·a·ble, take·a·ble, adjectivetak·er, nounun·tak·a·ble, adjectiveun·take·a·ble, adjective

Can be confusedbring take (see synonym study at bring)

Synonym study

1. See bring. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for take after

take after

verb (intr, preposition)

to resemble in appearance, character, behaviour, etc
to follow as an example



verb takes, taking, took or taken (mainly tr)

(also intr) to gain possession of (something) by force or effort
to appropriate or stealto take other people's belongings
to receive or accept into a relationship with oneselfto take a wife
to pay for or buy
to rent or leaseto take a flat in town
to receive or obtain by regular paymentwe take a newspaper every day
to obtain by competing for; winto take first prize
to obtain or derive from a sourcehe took his good manners from his older brother
to assume the obligations ofto take office
to endure, esp with fortitudeto take punishment
to adopt as a symbol of duty, obligation, etcto take the veil
to receive or react to in a specified wayshe took the news very well
to adopt as one's ownto take someone's part in a quarrel
to receive and make use ofto take advice
to receive into the body, as by eating, inhaling, etcto take a breath
to eat, drink, etc, esp habituallyto take sugar in one's tea
to have or be engaged in for one's benefit or useto take a rest
to work at or studyto take economics at college
to make, do, or perform (an action)to take a leap
to make use ofto take an opportunity
to put into effect; adoptto take measures
(also intr) to make a photograph of or admit of being photographed
to act or performshe takes the part of the Queen
to write down or copyto take notes
to experience or feelto take pride in one's appearance; to take offence
to consider, believe, or regardI take him to be honest
to consider or accept as validI take your point
to hold or maintain in the mindhis father took a dim view of his career
to deal or contend withthe tennis champion took her opponent's best strokes without difficulty
to use as a particular casetake hotels for example
(intr often foll by from) to diminish or detractthe actor's bad performance took from the effect of the play
to confront successfullythe horse took the jump at the third attempt
(intr) to have or produce the intended effect; succeedher vaccination took; the glue is taking well
(intr) (of seeds, plants, etc) to start growing successfully
to aim or directhe took a swipe at his opponent
to deal a blow to in a specified place
archaic to have sexual intercourse with
to carry off or remove from a place
to carry along or have in one's possessiondon't forget to take your umbrella
to convey or transportthe train will take us out of the city
to use as a means of transportI shall take the bus
to conduct or leadthis road takes you to the station
to escort or accompanymay I take you out tonight?
to bring or deliver to a state, position, etchis ability took him to the forefront in his field
to go to look for; seekto take cover
to ascertain or determine by measuring, computing, etcto take a pulse; take a reading from a dial
(intr) (of a mechanism) to catch or engage (a part)
to put an end to; destroyshe took her own life
to come upon unexpectedly; discover
to contracthe took a chill
to affect or attackthe fever took him one night
(copula) to become suddenly or be rendered (ill)he took sick; he was taken sick
(also intr) to absorb or become absorbed by somethingto take a polish
(usually passive) to charm or captivateshe was very taken with the puppy
(intr) to be or become popular; win favour
to require or needthis job will take a lot of attention; that task will take all your time
to subtract or deductto take six from ten leaves four
to hold or containthe suitcase won't take all your clothes
to quote or copyhe has taken several paragraphs from the book for his essay
to proceed to occupyto take a seat
(often foll by to) to use or employto take steps to ascertain the answer
to win or capture (a trick, counter, piece, etc)
(also intr) to catch as prey or catch prey
slang to cheat, deceive, or victimize
take amiss to be annoyed or offended by
take at one's word See word (def. 17)
take care to pay attention; be heedful
take care of to assume responsibility for; look after
take chances or take a chance to behave in a risky manner
take five informal, mainly US and Canadian to take a break of five minutes
take heart to become encouraged
take it
  1. to assume; believeI take it you'll be back later
  2. informalto stand up to or endure criticism, abuse, harsh treatment, etc
take one's time to use as much time as is needed; not rush
take place to happen or occur
take someone's name in vain
  1. to use a name, esp of God, disrespectfully or irreverently
  2. jocularto say (someone's) name
take something upon oneself to assume the right to do or responsibility for (something)


the act of taking
the number of quarry killed or captured on one occasion
informal, mainly US the amount of anything taken, esp money
films music
  1. one of a series of recordings from which the best will be selected for release
  2. the process of taking one such recording
  3. a scene or part of a scene photographed without interruption
  1. any objective indication of a successful vaccination, such as a local skin reaction
  2. a successful skin graft
printing a part of an article, story, etc, given to a compositor or keyboard operator for setting in type
informal a try or attempt
informal, mainly US a version or interpretationCronenberg's harsh take on the sci-fi story

Derived Formstakable or takeable, adjective

Word Origin for take

Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; related to Gothic tekan to touch




NZ a topic or cause

Word Origin for take


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Word Origin and History for take after
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Idioms and Phrases with take after

take after

Follow the example of; also, resemble in appearance, temperament, or character. For example, Bill took after his uncle and began working as a volunteer for the Red Cross. [Mid-1500s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with take

  • take aback
  • take a back seat
  • take a bath
  • take a bow
  • take a break
  • take account of
  • take a chance
  • take a crack at
  • take a dim view of
  • take advantage of
  • take a fall
  • take a fancy to
  • take a fit
  • take after
  • take a gander at
  • take a hand in
  • take a hike
  • take a hint
  • take aim
  • take a joke
  • take a leaf out of someone's book
  • take a leak
  • take a load off one's mind
  • take a look at
  • take amiss
  • take an interest
  • take apart
  • take a picture
  • take a poke at
  • take a powder
  • take a rain check
  • take as gospel
  • take a shellacking
  • take a shine to
  • take aside
  • take a spill
  • take a stand
  • take at face value
  • take a turn for the better
  • take a walk
  • take away from
  • take a whack at
  • take back
  • take by storm
  • take by surprise
  • take care
  • take care of
  • take charge
  • take cover
  • take doing
  • take down
  • take down a notch
  • take effect
  • take exception to
  • take five
  • take flight
  • take for
  • take for a ride
  • take for gospel
  • take for granted
  • take heart
  • take hold
  • take ill
  • take in
  • take in good part
  • take in hand
  • take in stride
  • take into account
  • take into one's confidence
  • take into one's head
  • take into one's own hands
  • take issue with
  • take it
  • take it easy
  • take it from here
  • take it from me
  • take it on the chin
  • take it or leave it
  • take it out of one
  • take it out on
  • take its toll
  • take it upon oneself
  • take kindly to
  • take leave of
  • take liberties
  • take lying down
  • taken aback
  • take no for an answer, not
  • take note
  • take notes
  • taken with, be
  • take off
  • take offense
  • take office
  • take off one's hands
  • take off one's hat to
  • take on
  • take one's breath away
  • take one's chances
  • take one's cue from
  • take one's hat off to
  • take one's leave
  • take one's medicine
  • take one's time
  • take one's word for
  • take on faith
  • take on oneself
  • take out
  • take out of
  • take over
  • take pains
  • take part
  • take pity on
  • take place
  • take potluck
  • take pride in
  • take root
  • take shape
  • take sick
  • take sides
  • take some doing
  • take someone's life
  • take someone's measure
  • take someone's name in vain
  • take someone's part
  • take someone's point
  • take someone's word for
  • take someone at his or her word
  • take someone for a ride
  • take someone in
  • take something
  • take something on faith
  • takes one to know one
  • take steps
  • take stock
  • take stock in
  • takes two
  • take the bit in one's mouth
  • take the bitter with the sweet
  • take the bread out of someone's mouth
  • take the bull by the horns
  • take the cake
  • take the edge off
  • take the fall
  • take the field
  • take the Fifth
  • take the floor
  • take the heat
  • take the initiative
  • take the law into one's hands
  • take the liberty of
  • take the load off
  • take the plunge
  • take the pulse of
  • take the rap
  • take the rough with the smooth
  • take the starch out of
  • take the sting out of
  • take the trouble
  • take the wind out of one's sails
  • take the words out of someone's mouth
  • take the wrong way
  • take to
  • take to heart
  • take to one's heels
  • take to task
  • take to the cleaners
  • take turns
  • take umbrage
  • take up
  • take up a collection
  • take up arms
  • take up for
  • take up on
  • take up space
  • take up where one left off
  • take up with
  • take wing
  • take with a grain of slat

also see:

  • at (take) pains
  • devil take the hindmost
  • double take
  • give and take
  • give or take
  • go to (take) the trouble
  • have (take) a crack at
  • have (take) a fit
  • in (take) effect
  • (take) in good part
  • in tow, take
  • it takes all sorts
  • it takes getting used to
  • it takes one to know one
  • (take) off one's hands
  • (take) on faith
  • on the take
  • pay your money and take your choice
  • pride oneself (take pride in)
  • (take a) rain check
  • sit up and take notice
  • that's (takes care of) that
  • what do you take me for
  • what it takes
  • (take) with a grain of salt
  • you can lead (take) a horse to water
  • you can't take it with you
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