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Spanish translation of “take”


verb /teik/ (past tense took /tuk/, past participle taken)
(often with down, outetc) to reach out for and grasp, hold, lift, pull etc 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, outetc) to carry, conduct or lead to another place 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 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 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. 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) 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 Someone’s taken my coat He took all my money. to consider (as an example) Take John for example. to capture or win He took the first prize. (often with away, from, off) to make less or smaller by a certain amount 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 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 He took the news calmly. to feel He took pleasure/pride / a delight / an interest in his work. to go down or go into (a road) 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 the day’s takings. take-away noun (American carry-outor take-out) food prepared and bought in a restaurant but taken away and eaten somewhere else eg at home I’ll go and buy a take-away (also adjective) a take-away meal. a restaurant where such food is prepared and bought. be taken up with to be busy or occupied with
estar muy ocupado/pillado
He’s very taken up with his new job.
be taken with/by to find pleasing or attractive
gustar mucho algo a alguien
He was very taken with the village.
take after 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 to make (someone) remember or think about (something) Meeting my old friends took me back to my childhood. to admit that what one has said is not true Take back what you said about my sister! take down to make a note or record of 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 to believe (mistakenly) that (someone) is (someone or something else)
tomar a alguien por, confundir
I took you for your brother.
take in to include 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 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 He took me in with his story.
take it from me (that) you can believe me when I say (that)
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 to remove (clothes etc)
quitarse, despojarse (de)
He took off his coat.
(of an aircraft) to leave the ground The plane took off for Rome (noun take-off). not to work during (a period of time) I’m taking tomorrow morning off. to imitate someone (often unkindly) He used to take off his teacher to make his friends laugh (noun take-off).
take on to agree to do (work etc); to undertake He took on the job. to employ 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 His writing took on a completely new meaning. to allow (passengers) to get on or in The bus only stops here to take on passengers. to be upset
tomárselo mal; alterarse
Don’t take on so!
take it out on 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 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 to find acceptable or pleasing I soon took to her children/idea. to begin to do (something) regularly He took to smoking a pipe. take up to use or occupy (space, time etc) I won’t take up much of your time. to begin doing, playing etc He has taken up the violin/teaching. to shorten (clothes) My skirts were too long, so I had them taken up. to lift or raise; to pick up He took up the book in his right hand. take (something) upon oneself to take responsibility for
encargarse de
I took it upon myself to make sure she arrived safely.
take (something) up with (someone) to discuss (especially a complaint)
hablar de, discutir sobre
Take the matter up with your MP.
see also bring.
(Definition of take from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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