Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “take”

take

verb uk   /teɪk/ (took, taken) us  

take verb (REMOVE)

B1 [T] to remove something, especially without permission: Has anything been taken (= stolen)? Here's your pen, I took it by mistake. All her possessions had been taken from her. B2 [T] to subtract a number (= remove it from another number): If you take 4 from 12 you get 8.
See also

take verb (MOVE)

A1 [T] to move something or someone from one place to another: The weather forecast said rain, so take your umbrella (with you) when you go out. The suitcases were taken to Madrid by mistake. Take the book up/down to the third floor of the library. [+ two objects] I suggested that he should take her some chocolates/take some chocolates to her (= bring them to her as a present).

take verb (ACCEPT)

B1 [T] to accept or have: Do they take credit cards here? Do you take milk in your tea? This container will take (= has room for) six litres. Which newspaper do you take (= regularly buy)? He continually abuses her, and she just sits there and takes it. If you think I'm going to take that lying down (= accept it without complaining), you're very much mistaken. I take the/your point (= accept the argument), but I still don't think you should have gone. [T] used when you want to mention something as a particular example of what you are talking about: I've been very busy recently. Take last week, I had meetings on four evenings. take to be/take for sth If you take someone or something to be something, or if you take someone or something for something, you accept or believe that they are that thing: [+ to infinitive] These creatures are generally taken to be descended from primitive fishes. I could have taken him for (= believed that he was) your brother. I'm not going to forge his signature for you! What do you take me for? (= You should not believe I could do a thing like that.) can't take sth B2 to not be able to deal with an unpleasant situation: I can't take it any more. I'm leaving. take it or leave it accept or refuse the offer completely: That's my final offer - you can take it or leave it.

take verb (HOLD)

B1 [T] to move in order to hold something in the hand(s): Can you take this bag while I open the door? He took my arm and led me outside. Take an egg and break it into the bowl. He took hold of the plant's root and pulled.

take verb (GO WITH)

A1 [T] to go somewhere with someone, often paying for that person or being responsible for them: We're taking the children to the zoo on Saturday. [+ to infinitive] I took my elderly parents to look at some new houses. [+ -ing verb] Will you take me swimming tomorrow? [T] to show someone how to get to somewhere by going there with them: Let me take you to your room. [T] to go to a social event with someone: Who's taking you to the dance?

take verb (TRANSPORT)

A2 [T] to travel somewhere by using a particular form of transport or a particular vehicle, route, etc.: I always take the train - it's less hassle than a car. She took the 10.30 flight to Edinburgh. If you take the road on the left, you'll come to the post office.

take verb (NEED)

B2 [T] to need: Parachuting takes a lot of nerve. Transitive verbs take a direct object. [+ -ing verb] His story took some believing (= was difficult to believe). B1 to wear a particular size of clothes or shoes: What size shoes do you take? A2 [L only + noun] If something takes a particular time, that period is needed in order to complete it: The cooking process only takes ten minutes. [+ to infinitive] How long does this paint take to dry? [+ obj + noun ] It took us all day to drive home. not take long A2 to act or happen over a short period of time: I'm just going to the shops - I won't take long. take time to need a long time: Broken bones always take time to mend.

take verb (MEASURE)

C2 to measure something: Nurses took my temperature and blood pressure.

take verb (DRUG/MEDICINE)

A2 to swallow or use a medicine or drug, especially in a regular way: Take this medicine three times a day. Do you think she takes drugs?

take verb (ACT)

B1 [T] to do or perform: The Archbishop took our service of thanksgiving. Shelley is taking (= studying) economics at university.UK Mr Marshall takes us for (= teaches us) physics. B1 [T] used with many nouns to make a verb phrase that is equal in meaning to the related verb: I think we'll take a break (= we'll stop for a break) there. If you're tired you should take a rest (= you should rest). I always like to take a walk (= to walk) after lunch.

take verb (THINK ABOUT)

B2 [T] to think about something or someone in a particular way: We're taking the bomb threats very seriously.

take verb (UNDERSTAND)

C2 to understand something in a particular way: We were only teasing, but he took it the wrong way. I'm not sure whether to take that as a compliment or an insult. She gave a nod, which we took to mean that she was in agreement.

take verb (REACTION)

B2 [T] to have or come to have a particular feeling or opinion: He doesn't take any interest in his children. Don't take any notice of the cameras. She takes offence too easily. They took pity on the stray cat and fed it. I take the view that fuel should be heavily taxed to reduce road use. take sb unawares (also take sb by surprise) to surprise someone: The sudden noise took her unawares.

take verb (MONEY)

[T] to receive money from sales or as payment for entrance to an event: The show took an astonishing $100,000 in its first week.
See also

take verb (CATCH)

B2 [T] to get possession of something or someone: Rebels ambushed the train and took several prisoners. The Liberals need just 200 more votes to take the seat from Labour. Centre-left parties look set to take power. Adam, I'd like you to take control of the aircraft now.

take verb (WRITE)

B1 [T] to write: I hope you're all taking notes.

take verb (PERFORM WELL)

[I] to work or perform as expected: These new plants haven't taken - they don't like this dry soil.

take

noun uk   /teɪk/ us  

take noun (MONEY)

[U] money that is received from sales or as payment for entrance to an event: The box office take was huge for the new show.

take noun (FILM)

[C] the filming of a scene (= small part of a film): This scene of the film needed ten takes before we felt it was right.

take noun (OPINION)

take on sth an opinion about something: We'd love to hear your take on this issue.

take noun (VERSION)

take on sth a version of something that shows someone's attitude towards it: The restaurant offers a new take on traditional French cooking.
(Definition of take from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of take?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Creating a distraction, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “take” in other dictionaries

SMART Thesaurus: Taking things away from someone or somewhere

“take”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More