verb (used with object), took, tak·en, tak·ing.
verb (used without object), took, tak·en, tak·ing.
- a scene, or a portion of a scene, photographed without any interruption or break.
- an instance of such continuous operation of the camera.
- to resemble (another person, as a parent) physically, temperamentally, etc.: The baby took after his mother.
- Also take off after, take out after. to follow; chase: The detective took after the burglars.
- to regain possession of: to take back one's lawn mower.
- to return, as for exchange: It was defective, so I took it back to the store.
- to allow to return; resume a relationship with: She said she would never take him back again.
- to cause to remember: It takes one back to the old days.
- to retract: to take back a statement.
- to move from a higher to a lower level or place.
- to pull apart or take apart; dismantle; disassemble.
- to write down; record.
- to diminish the pride or arrogance of; humble: to take someone down a notch or two.
- to assume to be: I took it for the truth.
- to assume falsely to be; mistake for: to be taken for a foreigner.
- to permit to enter; admit.
- to alter (an article of clothing) so as to make smaller.
- to provide lodging for.
- to include; encompass.
- to grasp the meaning of; comprehend.
- to deceive; trick; cheat.
- to observe; notice.
- to visit or attend: to take in a show.
- to furl (a sail).
- to receive as proceeds, as from business activity.
- Chiefly British. to subscribe to: to take in a magazine.
- to remove: Take off your coat.
- to lead away: The child was taken off by kidnappers.
- Informal. to depart; leave: They took off yesterday for California.
- to leave the ground, as an airplane.
- to move onward or forward with a sudden or intense burst of speed: The police car took off after the drunken driver.
- to withdraw or remove from: She was taken off the night shift.
- to remove by death; kill: Millions were taken off by the Black Plague.
- to make a likeness or copy of; reproduce.
- to subtract, as a discount; deduct: Shop early and we'll take off 20 percent.
- Informal. to imitate; mimic; burlesque.
- Informal. to achieve sudden, marked growth, success, etc.: Sales took off just before Christmas. The actor's career took off after his role in that movie.
- to hire; employ.
- to undertake; assume: to take on new responsibilities.
- to acquire: The situation begins to take on a new light.
- to accept as a challenge; contend against: to take on a bully.
- Informal. to show great emotion; become excited: There's no need to take on so.
- to withdraw; remove: to take out a handkerchief.
- to procure by application: to take out an insurance policy.
- to carry out for use or consumption elsewhere: to take a book out of the library; to get food to take out.
- to escort; invite: He takes out my sister now and then.
- to set out; start: They took out for the nearest beach.
- Slang. to kill; destroy.
- to devote or apply oneself to; become habituated to: to take to drink.
- to respond favorably to; begin to like: They took to each other at once.
- to go to: to take to one's bed.
- to have recourse to; resort to: She took to getting up at five to go jogging before work.
- to occupy oneself with the study or practice of: She took up painting in her spare time.
- to lift or pick up: He took up the fallen leaves with a rake.
- to occupy; cover: A grand piano would take up half of our living room.
- to consume; use up; absorb: Traveling to her job takes up a great deal of time.
- to begin to advocate or support; sponsor: He has taken up another struggling artist.
- to continue; resume: We took up where we had left off.
- to reply to in order to reprove: The author takes up his critics in the preface of his latest book.
- to assume: He took up the duties of the presidency.
- to absorb: Use a sponge to take up the spilled milk.
- to make shorter, as by hemming: to take up the sleeves an inch.
- to make tighter, as by winding in: to take up the slack in a reel of tape.
- to deal with in discussion: to take up the issue of mass transit.
- to adopt seriously: to take up the idea of seeking public office.
- to accept, as an offer or challenge.
- to buy as much as is offered: The sale was taken up in a matter of days.
- Chiefly British. to clear by paying off, as a loan.
- Obsolete. to arrest (especially a runaway slave).
- accepting bribes.
- in search of personal profit at the expense of others.
- to accept or believe something; aquiesce: I'll take it on your say-so.
- Informal. to be able to resist or endure hardship, abuse, etc.
- to understand: I take it that you're not interested.
- to exhaust; enervate: Every year the winter takes it out of me.
- to exact payment from; penalize: They took it out of your pay.
Origin of take
SYNONYMS FOR take
Related formstak·a·ble, take·a·ble, adjectivetak·er, nounun·tak·a·ble, adjectiveun·take·a·ble, adjective
Examples from the Web for taker
Visa, founded in 1958, is also something of a taker rather than a maker.
In the world of Fox News, however, Greenslate is typical—a lazy, entitled "taker" who deserves to lose his benefits.GOP Aims to Cut $40 Billion Out of Food Stamps to Foil Illusory ‘Cheaters’|Jamelle Bouie|September 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Having a job on an auto assembly line makes you a maker, not a taker, and Romney and the Republicans forgot that.In Israel, Netanyahu Assembles the Coalition That Eluded Romney|Lloyd Green|March 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yesterday afternoon, David tweeted that he was a maker and a taker too.
This spell, or in our days the “curse,” either prevented discovery or brought dire ills on the finder and taker.Beowulf|Anonymous
Any amount of the drug which is sufficient to alleviate pain or make the taker feel easier is sufficient to create a habit.Habits that Handicap|Charles B. Towns
It was Gore who began carefully to point out to her the risk run by the taker of the bribe.Manslaughter|Alice Duer Miller
Did theft give pleasure both to taker and loser, we should not find it in our catalogue of sins.Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects|Herbert Spencer
The finished bottle is taken by the “taker in” to the annealing furnace.
British Dictionary definitions for taker (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for taker (2 of 3)
verb takes, taking, took or taken (mainly tr)
- to assume; believeI take it you'll be back later
- informal to stand up to or endure criticism, abuse, harsh treatment, etc
- to use a name, esp of God, disrespectfully or irreverently
- jocular to say (someone's) name
- one of a series of recordings from which the best will be selected for release
- the process of taking one such recording
- a scene or part of a scene photographed without interruption
- any objective indication of a successful vaccination, such as a local skin reaction
- a successful skin graft
Derived Formstakable or takeable, adjective
Word Origin for take
British Dictionary definitions for taker (3 of 3)
Word Origin for take
Idioms and Phrases with taker
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
- 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