[ tey-king ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that takes.

  2. the state of being taken.

  1. something that is taken.

  2. an action by the federal government, as a regulatory ruling, that imposes a restriction on the use of private property for which the owner must be compensated.

  3. takings, receipts, especially of money earned or gained.

  4. Archaic. a state of agitation or distress.

  1. captivating, winning, or pleasing.

  2. Archaic. infectious or contagious.

Origin of taking

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English takyng (gerund); see take, -ing1, -ing2

Other words from taking

  • tak·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·tak·ing, adjective

Words Nearby taking

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How to use taking in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for taking


/ (ˈteɪkɪŋ) /

  1. charming, fascinating, or intriguing

  2. informal infectious; catching

  1. something taken

  2. (plural) receipts; earnings

Derived forms of taking

  • takingly, adverb
  • takingness, noun

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