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Take Definition and Meaning

By Maham Liaqat & Fiza Rafique — Updated on March 5, 2024
Take means to grasp, carry, or remove something from a place. e.g., Please take a cookie from the jar.

Take Definitions

To acquire possession, control, or occupancy of something.
She will take the book from the library.
To consume food, drink, medicine, or other substances.
He needs to take his medicine before breakfast.
To accept or receive something offered or given.
I'll take your advice and apply for the job.
To choose or select one option from multiple choices.
We decided to take the scenic route home.
To require or need a certain amount of time.
The project will take about three months to complete.
To undergo or participate in an activity or event.
She's going to take a cooking class next weekend.
To capture or gain control in a game or competition.
In chess, it's a smart move to take your opponent's queen early.
To carry out a specific action or perform a task.
Can you take a message for me while I'm out?
To endure or withstand a situation or condition.
It's amazing how he can take the pressure of his job.
To make use of an opportunity or chance.
When the opportunity arose, she decided to take it.
To grasp or grip
Take your partner's hand.
To capture physically; seize
Take an enemy fortress.
To seize with authority or legal right
The town took the land by eminent domain.
(Sports) To catch or receive (a ball or puck)
The player took the pass on the fly.
Sports & Games To acquire in a game or competition; win
Took the crown in horse racing.
Sports & Games To defeat
Our team took the visitors three to one.
To remove with the hands or an instrument
I took the dishes from the sink. The dentist took two molars.
To subtract
If you take 10 from 30, you get 20.
To exact
The storm took its toll.
To deal a blow to; strike or hit
The boxer took his opponent a sharp jab to the ribs.
To delight or captivate
She was taken by the puppy.
To catch or affect with a particular action
Your remark took me by surprise.
To carry in one's possession
Don't forget to take your umbrella. See Usage Note at bring.
To convey by transportation
This bus will take you to Dallas.
To lead or cause to go along to another place
The guide took us to the waterfall.
To be as a path or course for; provide a way for
The trail takes you to the lake.
To put (food or drink, for example) into the body; eat or drink
Took a little soup for dinner.
To draw in; inhale
Took a deep breath.
To expose one's body to (healthful or pleasurable treatment, for example)
Take the sun.
Take the waters at a spa.
To move into or assume occupancy of
She took a seat by the fireplace. The team took the field.
To choose for one's own use; avail oneself of the use of
We took a room in the cheaper hotel.
To require the use of (something)
It takes money to live in this town. This camera takes 35-millimeter film.
To use or require (time)
It only takes a few minutes to wash the car.
To use (something) as a means of conveyance or transportation
Take a train to Pittsburgh.
To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge
Take shelter from the storm.
To choose and then adopt (a particular route or direction) while on foot or while operating a vehicle
Take a right at the next corner. I downshifted to take the corner.
To undertake, make, or perform
Take a walk.
Take a decision.
To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses
Took a quick look at the sky.
Took a smell of the spices.
To commit and apply oneself to the study of
Take art lessons.
Take Spanish.
To study for with success
Took a degree in law.
To accept (something owed, offered, or given) either reluctantly or willingly
Take a bribe.
To allow to come in; give access or admission to; admit
The boat took a lot of water but remained afloat.
To provide room for; accommodate
We can't take more than 100 guests.
To become saturated or impregnated with (dye, for example).
To submit to (something inflicted); undergo or suffer
Didn't take his punishment well.
To put up with; endure or tolerate
I've had about all I can take from them.
To receive into a particular relation or association, as into one's care or keeping
They plan to take a new partner into the firm. We took the dog for a week.
To assume for oneself
Take all the credit.
To agree to undertake or engage in (a task or duty, for example)
She took the position of chair of the committee.
(Baseball) To refrain from swinging at (a pitched ball).
To be affected with; catch
The child took the flu.
To be hit or penetrated by
Took a lot of punches.
Took a bullet in the leg.
To withstand
The dam took the heavy flood waters.
To require or have as a fitting or proper accompaniment
Transitive verbs take a direct object.
To accept as true; believe
I'll take your word that he's telling the truth.
To impose upon oneself; subject oneself to
Take a vow.
To follow or adhere to (advice or a suggestion, for example).
To accept or adopt as one's own
Take a stand on an issue.
Take an interest in local history.
To regard or consider in a particular relation or from a particular viewpoint
We must take the bitter with the sweet. Take the matter as settled.
To understand or interpret
May I take your smile as an indication of approval?.
To consider to be equal to; reckon
We take their number at 1,000.
To perceive or feel; experience
I took a dislike to my neighbor's intrusions.
To obtain from a source; derive or draw
This book takes its title from the Bible.
To obtain, as through measurement or a specified procedure
Took the patient's temperature.
To write or make a record of, especially in shorthand or cursive writing
Take a letter.
Take notes.
To create (an image, likeness, or representation), as by photography
Took a picture of us.
To include or distribute (a charge) in a financial record.
(Informal) To swindle, defraud, or cheat
You've really been taken.
To get something into one's possession; acquire possession
The invaders took and took, until they had everything.
To accept or receive something
When it comes to advice, you take but you never give.
To have the intended effect; operate or work
The skin graft took.
To start growing; root or germinate
Have the seeds taken?.
To engage or mesh; catch, as gears or other mechanical parts.
To gain popularity or favor
The television series never took and was later canceled.
(Regional) To begin or engage in an activity
He took and threw the money in the river.
To become
He took sick.
A quantity collected at one time, especially the amount of profit or receipts taken on a business venture or from ticket sales at a sporting event.
A scene filmed without interrupting the run of the camera.
A recording made in a single session.
A performer's reaction, especially to a specific situation or remark, as part of a comedy routine. Often used in combination
A double-take.
A physical reaction, such as a rash, indicating a successful vaccination.
A successful graft.
An attempt or a try
He got the answer on the third take.
An interpretation or assessment, as of an event
The mayor was asked for her take on the judge's decision.
(transitive) To get into one's hands, possession, or control, with or without force.
They took Charlton's gun from his cold, dead hands.
I'll take that plate off the table.
(transitive) To seize or capture.
Take the guards prisoner
Take prisoners
After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
(transitive) To catch or get possession of (fish or game).
Took ten catfish in one afternoon
To catch the ball; especially as a wicket-keeper and after the batsman has missed or edged it.
(transitive) To appropriate or transfer into one's own possession, sometimes by physically carrying off.
Billy took her pencil.
(transitive) To exact.
Take a toll
Take revenge
(transitive) To capture or win (a piece or trick) in a game.
Took the next two tricks
Took Smith's rook
(transitive) To receive or accept (something) (especially something given or bestowed, awarded, etc).
Took third place
Took bribes
The camera takes 35mm film.
(transitive) To receive or accept (something) as payment or compensation.
The store doesn't take checks.
She wouldn't take any money for her help.
Do you take credit?
The vending machine only takes bills, it doesn't take coins.
(transitive) To accept and follow (advice, etc).
Take my advice
(transitive) To receive into some relationship.
Take a wife
The school only takes new students in the fall.
The therapist wouldn't take him as a client.
To receive or acquire (property) by law (e.g. as an heir).
(transitive) To remove.
Take two eggs from the carton
(transitive) To subtract.
Take one from three and you are left with two.
(transitive) To defeat (someone or something) in a fight.
Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.
The woman guarding us looks like a professional, but I can take her!
(transitive) To grasp or grip.
He took her hand in his.
(transitive) To select or choose; to pick.
Take whichever bag you like.
She took the best men with her and left the rest to garrison the city.
I'll take the blue plates.
I'll take two sugars in my coffee, please.
(transitive) To adopt (select) as one's own.
She took his side in every argument.
Take a stand on the important issues
(transitive) To carry or lead (something or someone).
She took her sword with her everywhere she went.
I'll take the plate with me.
To transport or carry; to convey to another place.
The next bus will take you to Metz.
I took him for a ride
I took him down to London.
To lead (to a place); to serve as a means of reaching.
These stairs take you down to the basement.
Stone Street took us right past the store.
(transitive) To pass (or attempt to pass) through or around.
She took the steps two or three at a time/
He took the curve / corner too fast.
The pony took every hedge and fence in its path.
(transitive) To escort or conduct (a person).
He took her to lunch at the new restaurant, took her to the movies, and then took her home.
(reflexive) To go.
(transitive) To use as a means of transportation.
Take the ferry
I took a plane.
He took the bus to London, and then took a train to Manchester.
He's 96 but he still takes the stairs.
(obsolete) To visit; to include in a course of travel.
(transitive) To obtain for use by payment or lease.
She took a condo at the beach for the summer.
He took a full-page ad in the Times.
(transitive) To obtain or receive regularly by (paid) subscription.
They took two magazines.
I used to take The Sunday Times.
(transitive) To consume.
(transitive) To receive (medicine) into one's body, e.g. by inhalation or swallowing; to ingest.
Take two of these and call me in the morning
Take the blue pill
I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
(transitive) To partake of (food or drink); to consume.
The general took dinner at seven o'clock.
(transitive) To experience, undergo, or endure.
(transitive) To undergo; to put oneself into, to be subjected to.
Take sun-baths
Take a shower
She made the decision to take chemotherapy.
(transitive) To experience or feel.
She takes pride in her work.
I take offence at that.
To take a dislike
To take pleasure in his opponent's death
(transitive) To submit to; to endure (without ill humor, resentment, or physical failure).
Took a pay cut
Take a joke
If you're in an abusive relationship, don't just sit and take it; you can get help.
The hull took a lot of punishment before it broke.
I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.
That truck bed will only take two tons.
(transitive) To suffer; to endure (a hardship or damage).
The ship took a direct hit and was destroyed.
Her career took a hit.
(transitive) To participate in.
She took a vacation to France but spent the whole time feeling miserable that her husband couldn't be there with her.
Aren't you supposed to take your math final today?
Despite my misgivings, I decided to take a meeting with the Russian lawyer.
(transitive) To cause to change to a specified state or condition.
He had to take it apart to fix it.
She took down her opponent in two minutes.
(transitive) To regard in a specified way.
He took the news badly.
(transitive) To conclude or form (a decision or an opinion) in the mind.
Took the decision to close its last remaining outlet
Took a dim view of city officials
(transitive) To understand (especially in a specified way).
Don't take my comments as an insult.
If she took my meaning
(transitive) To accept or be given (rightly or wrongly); assume (especially as if by right).
He took all the credit for the project, although he had done almost none of the work.
She took the blame, in the public's eyes, although the debacle was more her husband's fault than her own.
(transitive) To believe, to accept the statements of.
Take her word for it
Take him at his word
(transitive) To assume or suppose; to reckon; to regard or consider.
Take it from her comments she won't be there.
I took him to be a person of honor.
He was often taken to be a man of means.
Do you take me for a fool?
Do you take me to be stupid?
Looking at him as he came into the room, I took him for his father.
(transitive) To draw, derive, or deduce (a meaning from something).
I'm not sure what moral to take from that story.
(transitive) To derive (as a title); to obtain from a source.
"As I Lay Dying" takes its title from Book XI of Homer's "Odyssey"
(transitive) To catch or contract (an illness, etc).
Took a chill
(transitive) To come upon or catch (in a particular state or situation).
(transitive) To captivate or charm; to gain or secure the interest or affection of.
Took her fancy
Took her attention
To absorb or be impregnated by (dye, ink, etc); to be susceptible to being treated by (polish, etc).
Cloth that takes dye well
Paper that takes ink
The leather that takes a certain kind of polish
To let in (water).
(transitive) To require.
It takes a while to get used to the smell.
Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down.
Finishing this on schedule will take a lot of overtime.
(transitive) To proceed to fill.
He took a seat in the front row.
(transitive) To fill, to use up (time or space).
Hunting that whale takes most of his free time.
His collection takes a lot of space.
The trip will take about ten minutes.
(transitive) To avail oneself of.
He took that opportunity to leave France.
(transitive) To practice; perform; execute; carry out; do.
Take a walk
Take action/steps/measures to fight drug abuse
Take a trip
Take aim
Take the tempo slowly
The kick is taken from where the foul occurred.
Pirès ran in to take the kick.
The throw-in is taken from the point where the ball crossed the touch-line.
(transitive) To assume or perform (a form or role).
(transitive) To assume (a form).
Took the form of a duck
Took shape
A god taking the likeness of a bird
(transitive) To perform (a role).
Take the part of the villain/hero
(transitive) To assume and undertake the duties of (a job, an office, etc).
Take office
Take the throne
(transitive) To bind oneself by.
He took the oath of office last night
(transitive) To move into.
The witness took the stand
The next team took the field
(transitive) To go into, through, or along.
Go down two blocks and take the next left
Take the path of least resistance
(transitive) To have and use one's recourse to.
Take cover/shelter/refuge
(transitive) To ascertain or determine by measurement, examination or inquiry.
Take her pulse / temperature / blood pressure
Take a census
(transitive) To write down; to get in, or as if in, writing.
He took a mental inventory of his supplies.
She took careful notes.
(transitive) To make (a photograph, film, or other reproduction of something).
She took a video of their encounter.
Could you take a picture of us?
The police took his fingerprints.
To take a picture, photograph, etc of (a person, scene, etc).
The photographer will take you sitting down.
To take a group/scene
(transitive) To obtain money from, especially by swindling.
Took me for ten grand
To apply oneself to the study of.
As a child, she took ballet.
I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.
(transitive) To deal with.
Take matters as they arise
(transitive) To consider in a particular way, or to consider as an example.
I've had a lot of problems recently: take last Monday, for example. My car broke down on the way to work. Then ... etc.
To decline to swing at (a pitched ball); to refrain from hitting at, and allow to pass.
He'll probably take this one.
(transitive) To accept as an input to a relation.
To have to be used with (a certain grammatical form, etc).
This verb takes the dative; that verb takes the genitive.
To accept (zero or more arguments).
The function takes two arguments, an array of size n and an integer k.
(intransitive) To get or accept (something) into one's possession.
My husband and I have a dysfunctional marriage. He just takes and takes; he never gives.
(intransitive) To engage, take hold or have effect.
(Of ink; dye; etc.) To adhere or be absorbed properly.
The dye didn't take
Boiling pasta with a bit of the sauce in the water will help the sauce "take."
To begin to grow after being grafted or planted; to take root, take hold.
Not all grafts take
I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.
To catch; to engage.
To win acceptance, favor or favorable reception; to charm people.
To have the intended effect.
To become; to be affected in a specified way.
They took ill within 3 hours.
She took sick with the flu.
To be able to be accurately or beautifully photographed.
An intensifier.
To deliver, bring, give (something) to (someone).
To give or deliver (a blow, to someone); to strike or hit.
He took me a blow on the head.
The or an act of taking.
Something that is taken; a haul.
Money that is taken in, (legal or illegal) proceeds, income; (in particular) profits.
He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.
The mayor is on the take.
The or a quantity of fish, game animals or pelts, etc which have been taken at one time; catch.
An interpretation or view, opinion or assessment; perspective; a statement expressing such a position.
What's your take on this issue, Fred?
Another unsolicited maths take: talking about quotients in terms of "equivalence classes" or cosets is really unnatural.
An approach, a (distinct) treatment.
A new take on a traditional dish
(film) A scene recorded (filmed) at one time, without an interruption or break; a recording of such a scene.
It's a take.
Act seven, scene three, take two.
(music) A recording of a musical performance made during an uninterrupted single recording period.
A visible (facial) response to something, especially something unexpected; a facial gesture in response to an event.
Did a double-take and then a triple-take
I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.
(medicine) An instance of successful inoculation/vaccination.
A catch of the ball (in cricket, especially one by the wicket-keeper).
(printing) The quantity of copy given to a compositor at one time.
In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to convey.
To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make prisoner; as, to take an army, a city, or a ship; also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack; to seize; - said of a disease, misfortune, or the like.
This man was taken of the Jews.
Men in their loose, unguarded hours they take;Not that themselves are wise, but others weak.
They that come abroad after these showers are commonly taken with sickness.
There he blasts the tree and takes the cattleAnd makes milch kine yield blood.
In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
Cleombroutus was so taken with this prospect, that he had no patience.
I know not why, but there was a something in those half-seen features, - a charm in the very shadow that hung over their imagined beauty, - which took me more than all the outshining loveliness of her companions.
To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.
Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer.
Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore.
To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to take a group or a scene.
To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.
The violence of storming is the course which God is forced to take for the destroying . . . of sinners.
To receive as something to be eaten or drunk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
To give or deliver (a blow to); to strike; hit; as, he took me in the face; he took me a blow on the head.
For now Troy's broad-wayed townHe shall take in.
The ancients took up experiments upon credit.
One of his relations took him up roundly.
Soon as the evening shades prevail,The moon takes up the wondrous tale.
To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat; it takes five hours to get to Boston from New York by car.
This man always takes time . . . before he passes his judgments.
Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take a picture of a person.
Beauty alone could beauty take so right.
To bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to; to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will take an affront from no man.
To draw; to deduce; to derive.
The firm belief of a future judgment is the most forcible motive to a good life, because taken from this consideration of the most lasting happiness and misery.
To assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to; to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest, revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a resolution; - used in general senses, limited by a following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as, to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say.
To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept; to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with; - used in general senses; as, to take a form or shape.
I take thee at thy word.
Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command; . . . Not take the mold.
To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery; he took a dictionary with him.
He took me certain gold, I wot it well.
To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; - with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take.
When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.
In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh, but is overcome . . . before it work any manifest effect.
To please; to gain reception; to succeed.
Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake,And hint he writ it, if the thing should take.
To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; - usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge.
To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.
That which is taken, such as the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch, or the amouont of money collected during one event; as, the box-office take.
The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.
The income arising from land or other property;
The average return was about 5%
The act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
Carry out;
Take action
Take steps
Take vengeance
As of time or space;
It took three hours to get to work this morning
This event occupied a very short time
Take somebody somewhere;
We lead him to our chief
Can you take me to the main entrance?
He conducted us to the palace
Get into one's hands, take physically;
Take a cookie!
Can you take this bag, please
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
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!
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
Take into one's possession;
We are taking an orphan from Romania
I'll take three salmon steaks
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
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
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
Assume, as of positions or roles;
She took the job as director of development
Take into consideration for exemplifying purposes;
Take the case of China
Consider the following case
Experience or feel or submit to;
Take a test
Take the plunge
Make a film or photograph of something;
Take a scene
Shoot a movie
Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc. 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
Serve oneself to, or consume regularly;
Have another bowl of chicken soup!
I don't take sugar in my coffee
Accept or undergo, often unwillingly;
We took a pay cut
Make use of or accept for some purpose;
Take a risk
Take an opportunity
Take by force;
Hitler took the Baltic Republics
The army took the fort on the hill
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
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
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
Be a student of a certain subject;
She is reading for the bar exam
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
Head into a specified direction;
The escaped convict took to the hills
We made for the mountains
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
Be seized or affected in a specified way;
Take sick
Be taken drunk
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
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?
Receive or obtain by regular payment;
We take the Times every day
Buy, select;
I'll take a pound of that sausage
To get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort;
Take shelter from the storm
Lay claim to; as of an idea;
She took credit for the whole idea
Be designed to hold or take;
This surface will not take the dye
Be capable of holding or containing;
This box won't take all the items
The flask holds one gallon
Develop a habit;
He took to visiting bars
Proceed along in a vehicle;
We drive the turnpike to work
Obtain by winning;
Winner takes all
He took first prize
Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;
He got AIDS
She came down with pneumonia
She took a chill

Take Snonyms


To quickly take (something) in a rude or eager way.
The thief snatched the wallet from her hand.


To take hold of suddenly and forcibly.
The police were quick to seize the evidence.


To buy or obtain (an object or asset) for oneself.
Over the years, he acquired a reputation for being a skilled negotiator.


To get, acquire, or secure (something).
She was able to obtain the information needed for the report.

Pick up

To lift (someone or something) up; to acquire.
He picked up some groceries on the way home.


To take into one's possession or control by force.
The castle was captured after a long siege.


To obtain, achieve, or earn (something).
She secured a place at the university of her choice.


To take hold of or seize suddenly and roughly.
She grabbed her bag from the table and left.


To bring or gather together (things, typically when scattered or widespread).
He collected stamps from all over the world.


To bring together and take in from scattered places or sources.
They gather their belongings before leaving the room.

Take Idioms & Phrases

Take for granted

To fail to appreciate the value of something or someone.
Don't take your health for granted; it's your most valuable asset.

Take a toll on

To cause harm or damage.
The long hours of work began to take a toll on his health.

Take it easy

To relax or calm down.
You've been working hard all week; take it easy this weekend.

Take the lead

To assume a leading position or role.
In the meeting, she decided to take the lead and present our ideas.

Take with a grain of salt

To consider something to be not completely true or right.
Take his advice with a grain of salt; he's not an expert.

Take a shine to

To quickly show a liking for someone or something.
He took a shine to the new intern's enthusiasm and work ethic.

Take the cake

To be the most outstanding or extreme example of something.
Winning the lottery definitely takes the cake for unexpected good news.

Take the plunge

To commit oneself to a course of action about which one is nervous.
After years of hesitation, they finally took the plunge and got married.

Take a back seat

To choose not to be in a position of leadership in a particular situation.
I decided to take a back seat and let others drive the project forward.

Take it on the chin

To bravely accept criticism, punishment, or defeat.
Despite the tough feedback, he took it on the chin and vowed to improve.

Take the wind out of one's sails

To diminish someone's enthusiasm or confidence.
Losing the game really took the wind out of their sails.

Take someone under one's wing

To guide, protect, or mentor someone.
The experienced teacher took the new hire under her wing.

Take a hit

To suffer damage or loss.
The company took a hit after the scandal was revealed.

Take stock of

To carefully consider a situation, person, or problem.
After the event, we took stock of what went well and what didn't.

Take to the streets

To demonstrate or protest publicly.
People took to the streets to voice their demands for justice.

Take the bull by the horns

To confront a problem directly and boldly.
She took the bull by the horns and resolved the conflict at work.

Take the edge off

To lessen an intense or negative feeling.
A cup of tea can take the edge off a stressful day.

Take one for the team

To endure something unpleasant for the sake of the group.
She took one for the team by working late so everyone else could go home.

Take a leaf out of someone's book

To emulate or imitate someone in a particular trait or action.
You should take a leaf out of her book and start saving money early.

Take Example Sentences

Can you take this bag to the car for me?
I'll take the stairs instead of the elevator.
They take the bus to school every day.
Take your time; there's no rush.
She couldn't take the noise in the crowded cafe.
Can you take the dog for a walk?
He's planning to take a trip to Europe next summer.
Please take a seat while you wait.
He decided to take a break after two hours of study.
I'm going to take a nap this afternoon.
Let's take a walk in the park.
We should take a picture of this beautiful sunset.
Take care of yourself while I'm away.

Common Curiosities

How is "take" used in a sentence?

"Take" is used to indicate the action of acquiring or accepting something, e.g., Please take one of these brochures.

How many syllables are in "take"?

There is one syllable in "take."

What is the verb form of "take"?

"Take" itself is the base form of the verb.

What is the pronunciation of "take"?

"Take" is pronounced as /teɪk/.

Why is it called "take"?

It is called "take" from the Old English word "tacan," which means to grasp, touch, or seize something.

What is a stressed syllable in "take"?

The entire word "take" is stressed, as it consists of only one syllable.

How do we divide "take" into syllables?

Since "take" has only one syllable, it is not divided.

What is the root word of "take"?

The root of "take" comes from the Old English word "tacan."

What is the first form of "take"?

The first form of "take" is "take."

What is the third form of "take"?

The third form of "take" is "taken."

Is "take" a noun or adjective?

"Take" is a verb, not a noun or adjective.

What is another term for "take"?

Another term for "take" could be "grab," "seize," or "acquire."

What part of speech is "take"?

"Take" is a verb.

What is the opposite of "take"?

The opposite of "take" could be "give" or "leave."

Is "take" a negative or positive word?

"Take" is neutral; it is neither inherently negative nor positive.

Is the "take" term a metaphor?

"Take" can be used metaphorically in some contexts to imply taking control or assuming a role.

Is "take" an adverb?

No, "take" is not an adverb; it is a verb.

Is "take" a vowel or consonant?

The word "take" starts with a consonant 't'.

Is "take" a collective noun?

No, "take" is not a noun; it is a verb, so it cannot be a collective noun.

Is the word "take" imperative?

"Take" can be used in the imperative form when giving a command, e.g., "Take a seat."

Is the word "take" a Gerund?

No, "taking" would be the gerund form of the verb "take."

Which determiner is used with "take"?

Determiners are not typically used directly with verbs like "take." However, determiners can be used with the nouns that follow, e.g., "Take the pen."

What is the singular form of "take"?

"Take" does not have a singular or plural form as it is a verb; it remains "take."

What is the plural form of "take"?

"Take" does not have a plural form; it is a verb and does not change.

What is the second form of "take"?

The second form of "take" is "took."

Is "take" an abstract noun?

No, "take" is not a noun; it is a verb, so it cannot be an abstract noun.

Is "take" a countable noun?

"Take" is not a noun; it is a verb and therefore not countable.

Is the word “take” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

"Take" is a verb, and thus cannot be a direct or indirect object. However, it can take both direct and indirect objects, e.g., "Take him (indirect object) the book (direct object)."

Which vowel is used before "take"?

The vowel used before "take" depends on the context, e.g., "I will take an apple."

Which preposition is used with "take"?

Prepositions like "from," "to," and "with" are commonly used with "take," e.g., "take from the shelf," "take to the office," "take with care."

Which conjunction is used with "take"?

Conjunctions like "and" or "but" can connect clauses involving "take," e.g., "Take a note and remember the details."

Which article is used with "take"?

Articles are not used directly with "take" since it is a verb, but they may be used with its objects, e.g., "Take the quiz."

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