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English definition of “take”

take

verb (ACCEPT)    /teɪk/ (took, taken)
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.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things [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 .Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance 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.)Believing 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 .Not liking take it or leave it accept or refuse the offer completely : That's my final offer - you can take it or leave it.InterjectionsSounds used as interjections Grammar:Phrases with takeWe use take in a lot of phrases, especially with nouns. In these cases, the meaning of take depends on the noun:Grammar:TakeTake means ‘move with something or someone from where the speaker or listener is to a different place’:Grammar:Take: other meaningsTake can mean ‘remove without permission’:
(Definition of take verb (ACCEPT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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