Meaning of “take sth in” in the English Dictionary

"take sth in" in British English

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take sth in

phrasal verb with take uk /teɪk/ us /teɪk/ verb took, taken

(UNDERSTAND)

C2 to understand completely the meaning or importance of something:

I had to read the letter twice before I could take it all in.
It was an interesting exhibition, but there was too much to take in at once.

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  • She was telling me he was dead, and I couldn't take it in.
  • It is difficult to take in the scale of the disaster.

(MONEY)

mainly US US usually take to receive money from sales or as payment for entrance to an event:

The show took in an astonishing $100,000 in its first week.

(Definition of “take sth in” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"take sth in" in Business English

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take sth in

phrasal verb with take uk /teɪk/ us verb [ T ] took, taken

to include something:

A comprehensive carbon tax that took in other fuels, such as coal, would be much greener than just petrol taxes.
These figures are open to dispute because they take in the entire UK holiday business.

US COMMERCE to receive money from sales or as payment for something:

Worldwide, the film took in $230 million in its first weekend.

(Definition of “take sth in” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)