Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
  2. (noun, possession) the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  3. (verb, body) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
    She came down with pneumonia
    She took a chill
  4. (verb, change) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    remove a wrapper
    Remove the dirty dishes from the table
    take the gun from your pocket
    This machine withdraws heat from the environment
  5. (verb, change) ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
    A reading was taken of the earth's tremors
  6. (verb, change) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
    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
  7. (verb, change) be seized or affected in a specified way
    be taken drunk
  8. (verb, cognition) be a student of a certain subject
  9. (verb, cognition) interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
    How should I take this message?
    You can't take credit for this!
  10. (verb, cognition) accept or undergo, often unwillingly
  11. (verb, cognition) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
    Choose a good husband for your daughter
    She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her
  12. (verb, cognition) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
    Consider the following case
  13. (verb, communication) take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
    The hard work took its toll on her
  14. (verb, communication) lay claim to; as of an idea
  15. (verb, communication) make a film or photograph of something
    shoot a movie
  16. (verb, competition) obtain by winning
    He took first prize
  17. (verb, competition) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    He trained his gun on the burglar
    Don't train your camera on the women
    Take a swipe at one's opponent
  18. (verb, consumption) serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    I don't take sugar in my coffee
  19. (verb, contact) get into one's hands, take physically
    Can you take this bag, please
  20. (verb, contact) have sex with; archaic use
  21. (verb, motion) travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
    She takes Route 1 to Newark
  22. (verb, motion) proceed along in a vehicle
  23. (verb, motion) occupy or take on
    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
  24. (verb, motion) take somebody somewhere
    can you take me to the main entrance?
    He conducted us to the palace
  25. (verb, motion) head into a specified direction
    We made for the mountains
  26. (verb, motion) take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
    Take these letters to the boss
    This brings me to the main point
  27. (verb, perception) experience or feel or submit to
    Take the plunge
  28. (verb, possession) to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort
  29. (verb, possession) take into one's possession
    I'll take three salmon steaks
  30. (verb, possession) take by force
    The army took the fort on the hill
  31. (verb, possession) buy, select
  32. (verb, possession) engage for service under a term of contract
    Let's rent a car
    Shall we take a guide in Rome?
  33. (verb, possession) receive or obtain regularly
  34. (verb, possession) make use of or accept for some purpose
    take an opportunity
  35. (verb, possession) receive willingly something given or offered
    I won't have this dog in my house!
    Please accept my present
  36. (verb, possession) admit into a group or community
    We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member
  37. (verb, possession) require (time or space)
    This event occupied a very short time
  38. (verb, social) assume, as of positions or roles
    he occupies the position of manager
    the young prince will soon occupy the throne
  39. (verb, social) develop a habit
  40. (verb, social) carry out
    take steps
    take vengeance
  41. (verb, stative) require as useful, just, or proper
    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
  42. (verb, stative) be capable of holding or containing
    The flask holds one gallon
  43. (verb, stative) have with oneself; have on one's person
    I always carry money
    She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains
  44. (verb, stative) be designed to hold or take

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Antonyms of Take


Alternate forms of Take

Derivations: take, taker, taking

Hyponyms: ablate, abstract, accept, admit, adopt, aim, amputate, anoint, arrogate, aspirate, assign, assume, attach, audit, bail, bail out, bale out, be, beacon, bear, bear away, bear off, bone, booze, borrow, bring back, brush, bur, burl, burr, call back, call in, cancel, cannibalise, cannibalize, carry, carry away, carry off, carve out, cast, cast off, catch, channel, charge, chip away, chip away at, circumcise, claim, clean, clear, clear away, clear off, clear out, clear up, clutch, co-opt, collect, compel, condense, conduct, confiscate, contemplate, convey, cost, cream, cream off, crumb, cry for, cry out for, cull out, cut into, cut off, dally, de-iodinate, de-ionate, debone, decalcify, decarbonise, decarbonize, decarburise, decarburize, decoke, decorticate, defang, define, defuse, degas, dehorn, delete, delouse, delve, demineralise, demineralize, depilate, deprive, descale, desorb, despoil, determine, detoxicate, detoxify, detusk, dial, dig, direct, disburden, discharge, disembowel, disinvest, dislodge, dismantle, divest, do drugs, draw, draw a bead on, draw away, draw off, draw out, dredge, drill, drink, drive out, drop, drug, eat, economic rent, elect, eliminate, empanel, empty, enucleate, epilate, espouse, eviscerate, exact, excavate, excerpt, exenterate, exercise, expectorate, extirpate, extort, extract, feed, ferry, fetch, field, fill, fix, flick, follow, foray, free, fuddle, get down, get out, go, govern, grab, gut, habituate, hand, harvest, head, hit, hold, hollow, honor, honour, hull, husk, hypophysectomise, hypophysectomize, imbibe, impanel, impart, impound, knock out, lade, laden, ladle, land, leach, lead astray, level, lift, lift out, limit, loot, misdirect, misguide, misinterpret, mislead, misread, muck, nominate, offsaddle, panel, partake, payback, pick, pick over, pillage, pit, place, play, plump, plunder, pocket, point, practice, practise, prehend, prepare, profess, propose, pull, pull off, pull out, pull up, ransack, re-assume, ream, reave, recall, recapture, relieve, rent, replete, repossess, rescue, resect, reshoot, retake, return, rifle, sack, sample, sate, satiate, scale, scalp, scavenge, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, screen, screen out, seed, seize, sequester, set, set apart, shake off, shed, shell, show, shuck, sieve, sieve out, sift, sight, single out, skim, skim off, smoke, snaffle, snap up, sop up, sort, specify, spoon, steal, stem, stone, string, strip, suck in, suck out, sup, swallow, swing, take, take away, take back, take in, take off, take on, take out, take over, take up, target, taste, tear away, tear off, test, think of, throw, throw away, throw off, tip, touch, train, transit, transmit, trifle, try, try out, tube, turn, turn over, tusk, unburden, undock, undress, unhinge, unpack, unsaddle, unstring, unveil, use, usher, usurp, vote, vote in, warm to, wash, wash away, wash off, wash out, wear away, wear off, weed, welcome, whisk, winnow, wipe away, wipe off, withdraw

Hypernyms: accept, acquire, act, affirm, apply, ask, assert, aver, avow, bang, be, be intimate, become, bed, bonk, buy, call for, carry, change, cinematography, come down, construe, cover, cross, cut across, cut through, decide, demand, determine, do it, do work, eff, employ, enter, expend, experience, feature, filming, find, fuck, get, get across, get it on, get laid, get over, go, have, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, head, hump, income, incur, interpret, involve, jazz, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, make up one's mind, motion-picture photography, move, necessitate, need, obtain, pass over, position, postulate, purchase, put down, receive, record, require, roll in the hay, screw, see, sicken, sleep together, sleep with, swan, swear, take, think about, track, transport, traverse, undergo, use, utilise, utilize, verify, win, work

Origin of the word Take

  1. late O.E. tacan, from a N.Gmc. source (e.g. O.N. taka "take, grasp, lay hold," past tense tok, pp. tekinn; Swed. ta, pp. tagit), from P.Gmc. *t?kanan (cf. M.L.G. tacken, M.Du. taken, Goth. tekan "to touch"), of uncertain origin, perhaps originally meaning "to touch." Gradually replaced M.E. nimen as th… more
  2. 1654, "that which is taken in payment," from take (v.). Sense of "money taken in" by a single performance, etc., is from 1931. Movie-making sense is recorded from 1927. Criminal sense of "money acquired by theft" is from 1888. The verb sense of "to cheat, defraud" is from 1920. On the take "amenable to bribery" is from 1930. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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