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Definition of 'take'


  1. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"
       Synonyms: return issue takings proceeds yield payoff
  2. the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption


  1. carry out; "take action"; "take steps"; "take vengeance"
  2. require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
       Synonyms: occupy use up
  3. take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
       Synonyms: lead direct conduct guide
  4. get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please"
       Synonyms: get hold of
  5. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
       Synonyms: assume acquire adopt take on
  6. interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!"
       Synonyms: read
  7. take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"
       Synonyms: bring convey
  8. take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
       Antonyms: give
  9. require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
       Synonyms: necessitate ask postulate need require involve call for demand
       Antonyms: obviate rid of eliminate
  10. pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
       Synonyms: choose select pick out
  11. travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
  12. receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
       Synonyms: accept have
       Antonyms: refuse reject pass up turn down decline
  13. assume, as of positions or roles; "She took the job as director of development"
       Synonyms: fill
  14. take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
       Synonyms: consider deal look at
  15. experience or feel or submit to; "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"
  16. make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"
       Synonyms: film shoot
  17. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
       Synonyms: remove take away withdraw
  18. serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
       Synonyms: consume ingest take in have
       Antonyms: abstain refrain desist
  19. accept or undergo, often unwillingly; "We took a pay cut"
       Synonyms: undergo submit
  20. make use of or accept for some purpose; "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"
       Synonyms: accept
  21. take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
  22. occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
       Synonyms: assume strike take up
  23. admit into a group or community; "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
       Synonyms: accept admit take on
  24. ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; "take a pulse"; "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
  25. be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam"
       Synonyms: learn study read
  26. take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"
       Synonyms: claim exact
  27. head into a specified direction; "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains"
       Synonyms: make
  28. aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
       Synonyms: aim train take aim direct
  29. be seized or affected in a specified way; "take sick"; "be taken drunk"
  30. have with oneself; have on one's person; "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"
       Synonyms: carry pack
  31. engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
       Synonyms: lease rent hire charter engage
  32. receive or obtain by regular payment; "We take the Times every day"
       Synonyms: subscribe subscribe to
  33. buy, select; "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
  34. to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; "take shelter from the storm"
  35. have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
       Synonyms: have
  36. lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea"
       Synonyms: claim
       Antonyms: disclaim
  37. be designed to hold or take; "This surface will not take the dye"
       Synonyms: accept
  38. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
       Synonyms: contain hold
  39. develop a habit; "He took to visiting bars"
  40. proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
       Synonyms: drive
  41. obtain by winning; "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"
  42. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"
       Synonyms: contract get

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