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take

verb [T]  /teɪk/ ( past tense took  /tʊk/) us  

take verb [T] (MOVE)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to move something or someone from one place to another: Please, take me with you! It may rain, so take your umbrella. The suitcases were taken to Madrid by mistake. I thought I’d take her some chocolates. I take home about $200 a week.

take verb [T] (REMOVE)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to remove something: Here’s your pen – I took it by mistake. A radio was taken from the car.take someone’s life To take someone’s life is to kill someone: The fire took her life.

take verb [T] (ACCEPT)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to accept something, or to receive something willingly: I tried to phone him, but he refused to take my call. Does this restaurant take credit cards? Take this medicine three times a day. I can take three more people in my car. It’s a girlsschool that has now started taking boys. Bob took a lot of criticism for his decision. I refuse to take responsibility for what’s happened.

take verb [T] (THINK OF)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to think of someone or understand something in a particular way; perceive : [+ to infinitive] I took him to be more honest than he really was. The police are taking the robberies very seriously. In the dim light I could have taken them for brothers. I’m not going to forge his signature! What do you take me for? ( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) Take is sometimes used to introduce an example of what you mean: It’s been really busy. Take last week – we had meetings every day.

take verb [T] (HOLD)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to hold something: He took my arm and led me to my seat. Can you take this bag while I open the door?

take verb [T] (CATCH)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to catch, win, or get possession of something: Rebels ambushed the train and took several prisoners. My roses took first prize at the flower show.

take verb [T] (NEED)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to have as a necessary condition; need: Parachuting takes a lot of nerve. I take a size 9 shoe. Transitive verbs take a direct object. It didn’t take much persuasion to get her to go with us. How long does this paint take to dry? Broken bones always take time to mend.takes forever If something takes forever, it happens very slowly: In rush-hour traffic, it takes forever to get home.

take verb [T] (ACT)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to do something: I’ve started taking piano lessons. The government urged both sides to take steps to end the strike. ( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) Take is used with many nouns to make a verb phrase: We can’t delay any longer – we have to take action (= to act). In the evening I like to take a walk (= to walk). If you’re tired, you need to take a nap (= to sleep).take effect to take effect means to start working: The medicine should take effect quite quickly.take turns If you take turns, you and other people do the same thing, one after the other: The mothers in our group take turns driving the children to school.

take verb [T] (MEASURE)

( past participle taken  /ˈtei·kən/) to measure something: Better take the baby’s temperature – she may have a fever.

take verb [T] (REACT)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to have or cause to have a particular feeling or opinion: He takes little interest in current events. She takes offense too easily.take someone by surprise To take someone by surprise means to do something that is completely unexpected: His sudden proposal took her totally by surprise.

take verb [T] (CHEAT)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) infml to cheat someone: You paid $500 for that thing? I think you got taken.

take verb [T] (WRITE)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to write information provided by someone or something: Take notes as you read. Journalists took down every word he said during the interview.

take verb [T] (PHOTOGRAPH)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to make a photograph of someone or something: We took lots of pictures of the new baby.

take verb [T] (TRAVEL ON)

( past participle taken  /ˈteɪ·kən/) to travel on something to get from one place to another: I always take the train. Take the road on the left to get to my house.

take

noun  /teɪk/ us  

take noun (FILMING)

[C] the filming of a small part of a movie: That scene needed ten takes before they got it right.

take noun (MONEY)

[U] the amount of money received from an activity: The box office take has been huge for the new show.

take noun (OPINION)

[C] a particular feeling, opinion, or reaction: What’s your take on the new proposals for new health care?
(Definition of take from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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