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verb (NEED)    /teɪk/ (took, taken)
B2 [T] to need: Parachuting takes a lot of nerve . Transitive verbs take a direct object . [+ -ing verb] His story took some believ ing (= was difficult to believe ).Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary 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 .Spending time and time passing 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 .Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active take time to need a long time : Broken bones always take time to mend .Lasting for a long time 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 (NEED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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