take is the dictionary form of taken Definition of take
1. [ verb ] carry out

: "take action" "take steps" "take vengeance"

Related terms: act
2. [ verb ] as of time or space
Synonyms: occupy use_up

: "It took three hours to get to work this morning" "This event occupied a very short time"

Related terms: use be consume
3. [ verb ] take somebody somewhere
Synonyms: lead guide direct conduct

"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"

Related terms: mislead usher beacon hand leader usher
4. [ verb ] get into one's hands, take physically
Synonyms: get_hold_of

"Take a cookie!" "Can you take this bag, please"

Related terms: clutch seize seize seize take_away doff undertake scoop take_in dismember take_in pickings
5. [ verb ] take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
Synonyms: assume take_on acquire adopt

"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"

Related terms: change re-assume
6. [ verb ] interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
Synonyms: read

"I read this address as a satire" "How should I take this message?" You can't take credit for this!"

Related terms: interpret misread read read
7. [ verb ] take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
Synonyms: bring convey

"Bring me the box from the other room" "Take these letters to the boss" also metaphorical, as in "This brings me to the main point"

Related terms: transport transit conduct return land ferry whisk church fetch tube raise lower produce produce advance land bring bring transportation conveyer conveyer_belt come
8. [ verb ] take into one's possession

"We are taking an orphan from Romania" "I'll take three salmon steaks"

Related terms: give collect bear dispossess snap_up impound recall take_away adopt take_back pocket unburden sequester withdraw take_in take_back
9. [ verb ] 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"

Related terms: use
10. [ verb ] pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
Synonyms: choose select pick_out

"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"

Related terms: decide adopt vote elect pick specify assign draw elect single_out sift vote_in nominate side sieve field cream_off cull_out screen sieve_out go dial think_of excerpt empanel choice
11. [ verb ] receive willingly something given or offered
Synonyms: accept have

"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"

Related terms: refuse get welcome accept adopt honor honor bear adopt absorb take_in receive acceptance
12. [ verb ] (work) assume, as of positions or roles
Synonyms: fill

"She took the job as director of development"

Related terms: work assume
13. [ verb ] take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
Synonyms: consider look_at deal

"Take the case of China" "Consider the following case"

Related terms: think_about contemplate warm_to abstract dally circumstance
14. [ verb ] require as useful, just, or proper
Synonyms: require need demand call_for necessitate involve ask postulate

"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"

Related terms: obviate imply cost claim cry_out_for draw govern claim need requirement necessity necessity
15. [ verb ] experience or feel; submit to

"Take a test" "Take the plunge"

Related terms: experience
16. [ verb ] remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc.; or remove something abstract
Synonyms: remove take_away withdraw

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "It withdraws heat from the environment"

Related terms: draw dig extract shed take_off unpack draw take_away take_away withdraw wipe_off clean scoop dislodge clear tear_away de-iodinate amputate skim draw_off brush clear muck discharge lift take_out empty degas unsaddle strip aspirate aspirate knock_out draw leach pick wash flick strip strip strip seed pit defuse wear_away defang bone disembowel shuck unhinge clean shell tusk hull dehorn scalp crumb lift unstring exenterate enucleate enucleate harvest burl ream desorb pull demineralise eliminate clear_out chip_away dredge winnow ablate stem tip strip scale circumcise undock clean excavate decorticate extirpate scavenge resect spoon string shuck shell unveil condense unburden weed hypophysectomize lift head unsling bail_out bur delete ladle husk gut unbrace clean depilate de-ionate decarbonize leach delouse bail clear_off detoxify decalcify subtract removal withdrawal
17. [ verb ] (photography,film) make a film or photograph of something
Synonyms: shoot film

"take a scene" "shoot a movie"

Related terms: record reshoot movie photograph movie film filming
18. [ verb ] serve oneself to, or consume regularly
Synonyms: have consume ingest take_in

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

Related terms: abstain eat eat feed drink use smoke swallow drink sample hit take_in satiate partake cannibalize sup drug take_in consumption
19. [ verb ] accept or undergo, often unwillingly
Synonyms: undergo submit

"We took a pay cut"

Related terms: endure test
20. [ verb ] make use of or accept for some purpose
Synonyms: accept

"take a risk" "take an opportunity"

Related terms: co-opt
21. [ verb ] take by force

"Hitler took the Baltic Republics" "The army took the fort on the hill"

Related terms: steal assume appropriate plunder capture sack recapture relieve extort scale annex rescue
22. [ verb ] occupy or take on, as of a position or posture
Synonyms: assume take_up strike

"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"

Related terms: move fill
23. [ verb ] admit into a group or community
Synonyms: accept take_on admit

"accept students for graduate study" "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"

Related terms: accept profess admit
24. [ verb ] ascertain or determine by measuring, computing, etc.

: "take a pulse" take a reading from a dial: "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"

Related terms: receive
25. [ verb ] (education) be a student of a certain subject
Synonyms: study read learn

"She is reading for the bar exam"

Related terms: train drill audit discipline study
26. [ verb ] take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Synonyms: claim exact call_for

"the accident claimed three lives" "The hard work took its toll on her"

Related terms: necessitate necessitate
27. [ verb ] aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
Synonyms: aim direct take_aim train

"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"

Related terms: position target charge level swing hold draw_a_bead_on turn aim
28. [ verb ] head into a specified direction
Synonyms: make

"The escaped convict took to the hills" "We made for the mountains"

Related terms: head
29. [ verb ] be seized in a specified way

"take sick", "be taken drunk"

Related terms: become
30. [ verb ] have with oneself; have on one's person
Synonyms: carry pack

"She always takes an umbrella" "I always carry money" "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"

Related terms: have carry
31. [ verb ] engage in a commercial transaction
Synonyms: rent charter hire engage lease

"We took an apartment on a quiet street" "Let's rent a car" "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

Related terms: get lease rental charter lease
32. [ verb ] receive or obtain by regular payment
Synonyms: subscribe_to subscribe

"We take the Times every day"

Related terms: buy return
33. [ verb ] (sexuality) have sex with; archaic use
Synonyms: have

"He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"

Related terms: love
34. [ verb ] to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort;

"take shelter from the storm"

35. [ verb ] buy, select

"I'll take a pound of that sausage"

Related terms: buy commerce withdraw
36. [ verb ] lay claim to; as of an idea
Synonyms: claim

"She took credit for the whole idea"

Related terms: disclaim affirm claim
37. [ verb ] develop a habit

"He took to visiting bars"

38. [ verb ] obtain by winning

: "Winner takes all" "He took first prize"

Related terms: win
39. [ verb ] be designed to hold or take
Synonyms: accept

"This surface will not take the dye"

Related terms: be
40. [ verb ] proceed along in a vehicle
Synonyms: drive

"We drive the turnpike to work"

Related terms: traverse driving drive drive drive pull drive driveway
41. [ verb ] be capable of holding or containing
Synonyms: hold contain

"This box won't take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

Related terms: be seat sleep hold accommodate
42. [ noun ] (business) the income arising from land or other property
Synonyms: proceeds return takings yield payoff issue

"the average return was about 5%"

Related terms: income economic_rent payback render
43. [ verb ] be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
Synonyms: get contract

"He got AIDS" "She came down with pneumonia" "She took a chill"

Related terms: sicken catch catch
44. [ noun ] (photography,film) the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
Related terms: filming retake film
Similar spelling:   take-in