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(1)   The act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
(2)   The income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
"The average return was about 5%"


(3)   Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
"He got AIDS"
"She came down with pneumonia"
"She took a chill"
(4)   Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
"Remove a threat"
"Remove a wrapper"
"Remove the dirty dishes from the table"
"Take the gun from your pocket"
"This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
(5)   Ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
"Take a pulse"
"A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
(6)   Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
"His voice took on a sad tone"
"The story took a new turn"
"He adopted an air of superiority"
"She assumed strange manners"
"The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
(7)   Be seized or affected in a specified way
"Take sick"
"Be taken drunk"
(8)   Be a student of a certain subject
"She is reading for the bar exam"
(9)   Interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
"I read this address as a satire"
"How should I take this message?"
"You can't take credit for this!"
(10)   Accept or undergo, often unwillingly
"We took a pay cut"
(11)   Pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
"Take any one of these cards"
"Choose a good husband for your daughter"
"She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
(12)   Take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
"Take the case of China"
"Consider the following case"
(13)   Take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
"The accident claimed three lives"
"The hard work took its toll on her"
(14)   Lay claim to; as of an idea
"She took credit for the whole idea"
(15)   Make a film or photograph of something
"Take a scene"
"Shoot a movie"
(16)   Obtain by winning
"Winner takes all"
"He took first prize"
(17)   Aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
"Please don't aim at your little brother!"
"He trained his gun on the burglar"
"Don't train your camera on the women"
"Take a swipe at one's opponent"
(18)   Serve oneself to, or consume regularly
"Have another bowl of chicken soup!"
"I don't take sugar in my coffee"
(19)   Get into one's hands, take physically
"Take a cookie!"
"Can you take this bag, please"
(20)   Travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
"He takes the bus to work"
"She takes Route 1 to Newark"
(21)   Occupy or take on
"He assumes the lotus position"
"She took her seat on the stage"
"We took our seats in the orchestra"
"She took up her position behind the tree"
"Strike a pose"
(22)   Take somebody somewhere
"We lead him to our chief"
"Can you take me to the main entrance?"
"He conducted us to the palace"
(23)   Head into a specified direction
"The escaped convict took to the hills"
"We made for the mountains"
(24)   Experience or feel or submit to
"Take a test"
"Take the plunge"
(25)   To get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort
"Take shelter from the storm"
(26)   Take into one's possession
"We are taking an orphan from Romania"
"I'll take three salmon steaks"
(27)   Take by force
"Hitler took the Baltic Republics"
"The army took the fort on the hill"
(28)   Buy, select
"I'll take a pound of that sausage"
(29)   Engage for service under a term of contract
"We took an apartment on a quiet street"
"Let's rent a car"
"Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
(30)   Receive or obtain by regular payment
"We take the Times every day"
(31)   Receive willingly something given or offered
"The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"
"I won't have this dog in my house!"
"Please accept my present"
(32)   Admit into a group or community
"Accept students for graduate study"
"We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
(33)   Require (time or space)
"It took three hours to get to work this morning"
"This event occupied a very short time"
(34)   Assume, as of positions or roles
"She took the job as director of development"
(35)   Carry out
"Take action"
"Take steps"
"Take vengeance"
(36)   Require as useful, just, or proper
"It takes nerve to do what she did"
"Success usually requires hard work"
"This job asks a lot of patience and skill"
"This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"
"This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"
"This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
(37)   Be designed to hold or take
"This surface will not take the dye"


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  1. To grasp with the hands.
  2. To grab and move to oneself.
    I’ll take that plate off the table.
  3. To get into one's possession.
  4. To accept.
    Do you take sugar in your coffee?
    We take all major credit cards.
  5. To gain a position by force.
    After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
  6. To have sex forcefully with, possibly without consent.
    The rapist took his victims in dark alleys.
  7. To carry, particularly to a particular destination.
    I'll take the plate with me.
  8. To choose.
    I'll take the blue plates.
  9. To support or carry without failing or breaking.
    That truck bed will only take two tons.
  10. To endure or cope with.
    I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.
  11. To not swing at a pitch
    He’ll probably take this one.
  12. To ingest medicine, drugs, etc.
    I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
  13. To assume or interpret to be.
    Do you take me for a fool?
    I take it you're not going?
    Looking at him as he came into the room, I took him for his father.
    He was often taken to be a man of means.
  14. To enroll (in a class, or a course of study).
    I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.
  15. To participate in, undergo, or experience.
    Aren't you supposed to take your math final today?
    When will you take your vacation?
    I had to take a pee.
  16. To tighten (take up) a belaying rope. Often used imperatively.
  17. To fight or attempt to fight somebody. (See also take on.)
    Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.
  18. To stick, persist, thrive or remain.
    I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.
  19. To become.
    They took ill within 3 hours.
    She took sick with the flu.
  20. To catch the ball; especially for the wicket-keeper to catch the ball after the batsman has missed or edged it.
  21. To require.
    Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down.
    Finishing this on schedule will take a lot of overtime.
  22. To capture using a photographic camera.
    The photographer took a picture of our family.
  23. To last or expend [an amount of time].
    I estimate the trip will take about ten minutes.
  24. To consider as an instance or example.
    I've had a lot of problems recently. Take last Monday. The car broke down on the way to work. Then ...etc.


  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...


grab, grasp, grip confiscate, seize capture, conquer, seize have, rape


  1. An act of taking.
  2. Something that is taken.
  3. A (1) profit, (2) reward, (3) bribe, illegal payoff or unethical kickback.
    (1) & (2): He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.
    (3) The mayor is on the take.
  4. An interpretation or view.
    What’s your take on this issue, Fred?
  5. An attempt to record a scene.
    It’s a take.
    Act seven, scene three, take two.
  6. A catch.
  7. A facial gesture in response to an event.
    I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.
  8. A catch of the ball, especially by the wicket-keeper.

See also

These need to be checked and put in the section for the the noun or verb senses as appropriate
  • spit take
  • takings, taking
  • uptake