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 take take

noun

  • the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption  ( take )
    the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
  • the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property  ( issue, payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield )
    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
     the average return was about 5%
    the average return was about 5%
  • verb

  • ( ) carry out  ( take )
    carry out
     take action
    take action
     take steps
    take steps
     take vengeance
    take vengeance
  • ( ) require (time or space)  ( occupy, take, use up )
    require (time or space)
     It took three hours to get to work this morning
    It took three hours to get to work this morning
     This event occupied a very short time
    This event occupied a very short time
  • ( ) take somebody somewhere  ( conduct, direct, guide, lead, take )
    take somebody somewhere
     We lead him to our chief
    We lead him to our chief
     can you take me to the main entrance?
    can you take me to the main entrance?
     He conducted us to the palace
    He conducted us to the palace
  • ( ) get into one's hands, take physically  ( get hold of, take )
    get into one's hands, take physically
     Take a cookie!
    Take a cookie!
     Can you take this bag, please
    Can you take this bag, please
  • ( ) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect  ( acquire, adopt, assume, take, take on )
    take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
     His voice took on a sad tone
    His voice took on a sad tone
     The story took a new turn
    The story took a new turn
     he adopted an air of superiority
    he adopted an air of superiority
     She assumed strange manners
    She assumed strange manners
     The gods assume human or animal form in these fables
    The gods assume human or animal form in these fables
  • ( ) interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression  ( read, take )
    interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
     I read this address as a satire
    I read this address as a satire
     How should I take this message?
    How should I take this message?
  • ( ) take something or somebody with oneself somewhere  ( bring, convey, take )
    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
     Bring me the box from the other room
    Bring me the box from the other room
     Take these letters to the boss
    Take these letters to the boss
     This brings me to the main point
    This brings me to the main point
  • ( ) take into one's possession  ( take )
    take into one's possession
     We are taking an orphan from Romania
    We are taking an orphan from Romania
     I'll take three salmon steaks
    I'll take three salmon steaks
  • ( ) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives  ( choose, pick out, select, take )
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
     Take any one of these cards
    Take any one of these cards
     Choose a good husband for your daughter
    Choose a good husband for your daughter
     She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her
    She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her
  • ( ) travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route  ( take )
    travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
     He takes the bus to work
    He takes the bus to work
     She takes Route 1 to Newark
    She takes Route 1 to Newark
  • ( ) receive willingly something given or offered  ( accept, have, take )
    receive willingly something given or offered
     The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter
    The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter
     I won't have this dog in my house!
    I won't have this dog in my house!
     Please accept my present
    Please accept my present
  • ( ) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes  ( consider, deal, look at, take )
    take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
     Take the case of China
    Take the case of China
     Consider the following case
    Consider the following case
  • ( ) assume, as of positions or roles  ( fill, occupy, take )
    assume, as of positions or roles
     She took the job as director of development
    She took the job as director of development
     he occupies the position of manager
    he occupies the position of manager
     the young prince will soon occupy the throne
    the young prince will soon occupy the throne
  • ( ) experience or feel or submit to  ( take )
    experience or feel or submit to
     Take a test
    Take a test
     Take the plunge
    Take the plunge
  • ( ) require as useful, just, or proper  ( ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take )
    require as useful, just, or proper
     It takes nerve to do what she did
    It takes nerve to do what she did
     success usually requires hard work
    success usually requires hard work
     This job asks a lot of patience and skill
    This job asks a lot of patience and skill
     This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
    This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
     This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
    This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
     This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent
    This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent
  • ( ) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract  ( remove, take, take away, withdraw )
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
     remove a threat
    remove a threat
     remove a wrapper
    remove a wrapper
     Remove the dirty dishes from the table
    Remove the dirty dishes from the table
     take the gun from your pocket
    take the gun from your pocket
     This machine withdraws heat from the environment
    This machine withdraws heat from the environment
  • ( ) make a film or photograph of something  ( film, shoot, take )
    make a film or photograph of something
     take a scene
    take a scene
     shoot a movie
    shoot a movie
  • ( ) accept or undergo, often unwillingly  ( submit, take )
    accept or undergo, often unwillingly
     We took a pay cut
    We took a pay cut
  • ( ) serve oneself to, or consume regularly  ( consume, have, ingest, take, take in )
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
     Have another bowl of chicken soup!
    Have another bowl of chicken soup!
     I don't take sugar in my coffee
    I don't take sugar in my coffee
  • ( ) make use of or accept for some purpose  ( accept, take )
    make use of or accept for some purpose
     take a risk
    take a risk
     take an opportunity
    take an opportunity
  • ( ) take by force  ( take )
    take by force
     Hitler took the Baltic Republics
    Hitler took the Baltic Republics
     The army took the fort on the hill
    The army took the fort on the hill
  • ( ) occupy or take on  ( assume, strike, take, take up )
    occupy or take on
     He assumes the lotus position
    He assumes the lotus position
     She took her seat on the stage
    She took her seat on the stage
     We took our seats in the orchestra
    We took our seats in the orchestra
     She took up her position behind the tree
    She took up her position behind the tree
     strike a pose
    strike a pose
  • ( ) admit into a group or community  ( accept, admit, take, take on )
    admit into a group or community
     accept students for graduate study
    accept students for graduate study
     We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member
    We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member
  • ( ) ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial  ( take )
    ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
     take a pulse
    take a pulse
     A reading was taken of the earth's tremors
    A reading was taken of the earth's tremors
  • ( ) be a student of a certain subject  ( learn, read, study, take )
    be a student of a certain subject
     She is reading for the bar exam
    She is reading for the bar exam
  • ( ) take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs  ( claim, exact, take )
    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
     the accident claimed three lives
    the accident claimed three lives
     The hard work took its toll on her
    The hard work took its toll on her
  • ( ) be seized or affected in a specified way  ( take )
    be seized or affected in a specified way
     take sick
    take sick
     be taken drunk
    be taken drunk
  • ( ) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards  ( aim, direct, take, take aim, train )
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
     Please don't aim at your little brother!
    Please don't aim at your little brother!
     He trained his gun on the burglar
    He trained his gun on the burglar
     Don't train your camera on the women
    Don't train your camera on the women
     Take a swipe at one's opponent
    Take a swipe at one's opponent
  • ( ) head into a specified direction  ( make, take )
    head into a specified direction
     The escaped convict took to the hills
    The escaped convict took to the hills
     We made for the mountains
    We made for the mountains
  • ( ) engage for service under a term of contract  ( charter, engage, hire, lease, rent, take )
    engage for service under a term of contract
     We took an apartment on a quiet street
    We took an apartment on a quiet street
     Let's rent a car
    Let's rent a car
     Shall we take a guide in Rome?
    Shall we take a guide in Rome?
  • ( ) have with oneself; have on one's person  ( carry, pack, take )
    have with oneself; have on one's person
     She always takes an umbrella
    She always takes an umbrella
     I always carry money
    I always carry money
     She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains
    She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains
  • ( ) lay claim to; as of an idea  ( claim, take )
    lay claim to; as of an idea
     She took credit for the whole idea
    She took credit for the whole idea
  • ( ) have sex with; archaic use  ( have, take )
    have sex with; archaic use
     He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
    He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
  • ( ) to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort  ( take )
    to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort
     take shelter from the storm
    take shelter from the storm
  • ( ) buy, select  ( take )
    buy, select
     I'll take a pound of that sausage
    I'll take a pound of that sausage
  • ( ) receive or obtain regularly  ( subscribe, subscribe to, take )
    receive or obtain regularly
     We take the Times every day
    We take the Times every day
  • be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness  ( contract, get, take )
    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
     He got AIDS
    He got AIDS
     She came down with pneumonia
    She came down with pneumonia
     She took a chill
    She took a chill
  • obtain by winning  ( take )
    obtain by winning
     Winner takes all
    Winner takes all
     He took first prize
    He took first prize
  • proceed along in a vehicle  ( drive, take )
    proceed along in a vehicle
     We drive the turnpike to work
    We drive the turnpike to work
  • develop a habit  ( take )
    develop a habit
     He took to visiting bars
    He took to visiting bars
  • be capable of holding or containing  ( contain, hold, take )
    be capable of holding or containing
     This box won't take all the items
    This box won't take all the items
     The flask holds one gallon
    The flask holds one gallon
  • be designed to hold or take  ( accept, take )
    be designed to hold or take
     This surface will not take the dye
    This surface will not take the dye


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