1. the act of a person or thing that takes.
  2. the state of being taken.
  3. something that is taken.
  4. 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.
  5. takings, receipts, especially of money earned or gained.
  6. Archaic. a state of agitation or distress.
  1. captivating, winning, or pleasing.
  2. Archaic. infectious or contagious.

Origin of taking

1300–50; Middle English takyng (gerund). See take, -ing1, -ing2
Related formstak·ing·ly, adverbun·tak·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untaking


  1. charming, fascinating, or intriguing
  2. informal infectious; catching
  1. something taken
  2. (plural) receipts; earnings
Derived Formstakingly, adverbtakingness, noun
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