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definition of the word take

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From Middle English < Old English tacan < Old Norse taka.

to take

Third person singular
[[takes ]]

Simple past
[[took ]]

Past participle
[[taken ]]

Present participle
[[taking ]]

to take (third-person singular simple present [[takes

]], present participle [[taking ]], simple past [[took ]], past participle [[taken ]])

  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. (military) To gain a position by force.
    After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
  6. To have sex with forcefully, 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. (baseball) 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. (often with “for”) 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. (climbing) To tighten (take up) a belaying rope. Often used imperatively.
    • 2003, S. Peter Lewis, David Horowitz, , page 92,  
      Atop the first pitch, he put his partner on belay and took up the slack
  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. (cricket) To catch the ball; especially for the wicket-keeper to catch the ball after the batsman has missed or edged it.
  20. (impersonal) To require.
    Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down.
    It takes a village to raise a child.
  21. (photography) To capture using a photographic camera.
    The photographer took a picture of our family.
  22. To last or expend [an amount of time].
    I estimate the trip will take about ten minutes.
  23. For example.
    I've had a lot of problems recently. Take last Monday. The car broke down on the way to work. Then ...etc.

See also taken and taking

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