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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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  • We took a bus to Mexico City.
  • From Heathrow, you can take a taxi.
  • I took the 6.30 train to Manchester.
  • Why don't you take the train to Paris?
  • We took a flight to Denver.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 movie 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.
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