Translation of "take" - English-Spanish dictionary

take

verb uk /teɪk/ (present participle taking, past tense took, past participle taken)

A1 to get and carry something with you when you go somewhere

llevar
I always take my umbrella with me.

A1 to go somewhere with someone, often paying for them

llevar
We’re taking the kids to the circus on Saturday.
I’m taking my wife to Florence for the weekend.

A2 to travel somewhere using a bus, train, car, etc.

coger
He takes the bus to work.
Are you taking the train to Paris?

A2 used to tell someone which road to go on or which turning to take in order to get somewhere

coger
Take the third turning on the left.
Take State St. down the hill to the traffic light.

A2 to do an exam or test

hacer
When are you taking your driving test?

A2 If something takes a particular amount of time, or you take a particular amount of time, you need that amount of time in order to be able to do it.

llevar
It took me three days to get here.
She took ages to get the house looking the way she wanted it.

A2 If something takes a particular quality, that quality is needed for it to happen.

requerir
It takes courage to face life again after a serious accident.

A2 to swallow or use medicine

tomar
Take two tablets, three times a day.

B1 to remove something without asking someone

llevarse
Someone’s taken my coat!

B1 to get hold of something and move it

coger
He reached across and took the glass from her.

B1 used with some nouns to say that someone performs an action

tomar, dar(se)
I need to take a shower.
Take a look at this.

B1 to study a subject

estudiar
He’s taking chemistry and physics.

B1 UK to wear a particular size of clothes

usar
I take a size 12.

B1 to accept something

aceptar
So, are you going to take the job?
take a picture, photograph, etc.

A1 to photograph someone or something

hacer una foto
I took some great photos of the kids.
take milk, sugar, etc.

to usually add milk, sugar, etc. to your tea or coffee

tomar leche, azúcar, etc.
Do you take sugar in your coffee?
I take it (that)…

used when you think that what you say is probably true

doy por supuesto que…
I take it you’re not coming with us.
→ Phrasal verbs take something in , take after someone , take something away , take something back , take something down , take off , take something off , take someone out , take something out , take (something) over , take something up

(Translation of “take” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

take

verb /teik/ (past tense took /tuk/, past participle taken)

( often with down, outetc) to reach out for and grasp, hold, lift, pull etc

coger, tomar; sacar, extraer
He took my hand
He took the book down from the shelf
He opened the drawer and took out a gun
I’ve had a tooth taken out.

( often with away, in, off, out etc) to carry, conduct or lead to another place

devolver; llevar; traer; sacar
I took the books (back) to the library
He’s taking me with him
Take her into my office
The police took him away
I took the dog out for a walk
He took her out for dinner.

to do or perform some action

dar
I think I’ll take a walk
Will you take a look?
He’s going to take a bath

to get, receive, buy, rent etc

tomar; adquirir
I’m taking French lessons
I’ll take three kilos of strawberries
We took a house in London.

( sometimes with back) to agree to have; to accept; He took my advice ; They refused to take responsibility ; I won’t take that ( insult ) from you! ; I’m afraid we can’t take back goods bought in a sale .

aceptar; tolerar

to need or require

necesitarse, requerir, llevar, tomar
How long does it take you to go home?
It takes time to do a difficult job like this.

to travel by (bus etc)

coger, tomar
I’m taking the next train to London
I took a taxi.

to have enough space for

tener cabida
The car takes five people.

to make a note, record etc

hacer/sacar (una foto); tomar/medir (la temperatura)
He took a photograph of the castle
The nurse took the patient’s temperature.

to remove, use, occupy etc with or without permission

coger, llevarse
Someone’s taken my coat
He took all my money.

to consider (as an example)

poner; imaginar
Take John for example.

to capture or win

obtener; ganar
He took the first prize.

( often with away, from, off) to make less or smaller by a certain amount

restar, sustraer
Take (away) four from ten, and that leaves six.

to suppose or think (that something is the case)

tomar (por)
Do you take me for an idiot?

to eat or drink

tomar
Take these pills.

to conduct, lead or run; to be in charge or control of

tomar a cargo de uno, encargarse de
Will you take the class/lecture/meeting this evening?

to consider or react or behave to (something) in a certain way

tomarse; reaccionar ante
He took the news calmly.

to feel

sentir
He took pleasure/pride / a delight / an interest in his work.

to go down or go into (a road)

tomar
Take the second road on the left.
taker noun

a person who takes (something) especially one who accepts an offer or takes a bet

interesado; comprador
I offered my friends my car, but there were no takers.
takings noun plural

the amount of money taken at a concert, in a shop etc

caja
the day’s takings.
take-away noun

(British ) food prepared and bought in a restaurant but taken away and eaten somewhere else eg at home; takeout (American)

comida para llevar
I’ll go and buy a take-away
( also adjective) a take-away meal.

(British) a restaurant where such food is prepared and bought.

restaurante de comida para llevar
be taken up with phrasal verb

to be busy or occupied with

estar muy ocupado/pillado
He’s very taken up with his new job.
be taken with/by phrasal verb

to find pleasing or attractive

gustar mucho algo a alguien
He was very taken with the village.
take after phrasal verb

to be like (someone, especially a parent or relation) in appearance or character

parecerse (a), tener parecido (con)
She takes after her father.
take back phrasal verb

to make (someone) remember or think about (something)

llevar de nuevo, devolver, trasladar
Meeting my old friends took me back to my childhood.

to admit that what one has said is not true

retirar
Take back what you said about my sister!
take down phrasal verb

to make a note or record of

anotar
He took down her name and address.
take an examination/test

to have one’s knowledge or ability tested formally, often in writing

hacer un examen, examinarse
She took her driving test this morning.
take (someone) for phrasal verb

to believe (mistakenly) that (someone) is (someone or something else)

tomar a alguien por, confundir
I took you for your brother.
take in phrasal verb

to include

incluir, comprender, abarcar
Literature takes in drama, poetry and the novel.

to give (someone) shelter

recoger, dar cobijo, acoger
He had nowhere to go, so I took him in.

to understand and remember

entender, comprender, captar, asimilar
I didn’t take in what he said.

to make (clothes) smaller

meterle, achicar
I lost a lot of weight, so I had to take all my clothes in.

to deceive or cheat

engañar, embaucar, dar gato por liebre
He took me in with his story.
take it from me (that)

you can believe me when I say (that)

créeme
Take it from me – it’s true.
take it into one’s head (to)

to decide (to)

metérsele a alguien algo en la cabeza
She took it into her head to go to Spain.
take off phrasal verb

to remove (clothes etc)

quitarse, despojarse (de)
He took off his coat.

(of an aircraft) to leave the ground

despegar
The plane took off for Rome ( noun take-off).

not to work during (a period of time)

tomarse libre
I’m taking tomorrow morning off.

to imitate someone (often unkindly)

imitar
He used to take off his teacher to make his friends laugh ( noun take-off).
take on phrasal verb

to agree to do (work etc); to undertake

aceptar
He took on the job.

to employ

contratar
They are taking on five hundred more men at the factory.

( with at) to challenge (someone) to a game etc

desafiar; jugar contra
I’ll take you on at tennis.

to get; to assume

tomar, asumir
His writing took on a completely new meaning.

to allow (passengers) to get on or in

recoger
The bus only stops here to take on passengers.

to be upset

tomárselo mal; alterarse
Don’t take on so!
take it out on phrasal verb

to be angry with or unpleasant to because one is angry, disappointed etc oneself

tomarla con alguien, descargar(se)
You’re upset, but there’s no need to take it out on me!
take over phrasal verb

to take control (of)

tomar las riendas, hacerse con el poder; entrar en funciones
He has taken the business over ( noun take-over).

( often with from) to do (something) after someone else stops doing it

relevar a alguien, tomar el relevo de alguien
He retired last year, and I took over (his job) from him.
take to phrasal verb

to find acceptable or pleasing

simpatizar con, empezar a gustar
I soon took to her children/idea.

to begin to do (something) regularly

aficionarse a
He took to smoking a pipe.
take up phrasal verb

to use or occupy (space, time etc)

tomar, robar
I won’t take up much of your time.

to begin doing, playing etc

empezar a, emprender
He has taken up the violin/teaching.

to shorten (clothes)

acortar
My skirts were too long, so I had them taken up.

to lift or raise; to pick up

recoger
He took up the book in his right hand.
take (something) upon oneself phrasal verb

to take responsibility for

encargarse de
I took it upon myself to make sure she arrived safely.
take (something) up with (someone) phrasal verb

to discuss ( especially a complaint)

hablar de, discutir sobre
Take the matter up with your MP.
see also bring.

(Translation of “take” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)