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Have vs. Take — What's the Difference?

Have vs. Take — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Have and Take

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Have

Possess, own, or hold
Have you got a job yet?
He had a new car and a boat
I don't have that much money on me
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Take

A take is a single continuous recorded performance. The term is used in film and music to denote and track the stages of production.
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Have

Experience; undergo
I went to a few parties and had a good time
I was having difficulty in keeping awake
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Take

Lay hold of (something) with one's hands; reach for and hold
He leaned forward to take her hand
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Have

Be obliged or find it necessary to do the specified thing
Sorry, we've got to dash
You don't have to accept this situation
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Take

Remove (someone or something) from a particular place
The police took him away
He took an envelope from his inside pocket
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Have

Perform the action indicated by the noun specified (used especially in spoken English as an alternative to a more specific verb)
He had a look round
The colour green has a restful effect
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Take

Carry or bring with one; convey
I took him a letter
He took along a portfolio of his drawings
The drive takes you through some wonderful scenery
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Have

Show (a personal attribute or quality) by one's actions or attitude
He had little patience with technological gadgetry
You never even phoned, and now you've got the cheek to come back
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Take

Accept or receive (someone or something)
They don't take children
She was advised to take any job offered
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Have

Place or keep (something) in a particular position
Mary had her back to me
I soon had the trout in a net
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Take

Consume as food, drink, medicine, or drugs
Take an aspirin and lie down
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Have

Be the recipient of (something sent, given, or done)
She had a letter from Mark
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Take

Make, undertake, or perform (an action or task)
Lucy took a deep breath
The key decisions are still to be taken
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Have

Used with a past participle to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses, and the conditional mood
He had asked her
I have finished
She will have left by now
‘Have you seen him?’ ‘Yes, I have.’
I could have helped, had I known
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Take

Require or use up (a specified amount of time)
It takes me about a quarter of an hour to walk to work
The jury took an hour and a half to find McPherson guilty
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Have

People with plenty of money and possessions
An increasing gap between the haves and have-nots
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Take

(of a plant or seed) take root or begin to grow; germinate
The fuchsia cuttings had taken and were looking good
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Have

A swindle.
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Take

Have or require as part of the appropriate construction
Verbs which take both the infinitive and the finite clause as their object
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Have

To be in possession of
Already had a car.
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Take

A scene or sequence of sound or vision photographed or recorded continuously at one time
He completed a particularly difficult scene in two takes
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Have

To possess as a characteristic, quality, or function
Has a beard.
Had a great deal of energy.
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Take

An amount of something gained or acquired from one source or in one session
The take from commodity taxation
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Have

To possess or contain as a constituent part
A car that has air bags.
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Take

An amount of copy set up at one time or by one compositor.
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Have

To occupy a particular relation to
Had many disciples.
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Take

To grasp or grip
Take your partner's hand.
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Have

To possess knowledge of or facility in
Has very little Spanish.
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Take

To capture physically; seize
Take an enemy fortress.
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Have

To hold in the mind; entertain
Had doubts about their loyalty.
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Take

To seize with authority or legal right
The town took the land by eminent domain.
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Have

To use or exhibit in action
Have compassion.
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Take

To get possession of (fish or game, for example) by capturing or killing.
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Have

To come into possession of; acquire
Not one copy of the book was to be had in the entire town.
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Take

(Sports) To catch or receive (a ball or puck)
The player took the pass on the fly.
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Have

To receive; get
I had a letter from my cousin.
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Take

Sports & Games To acquire in a game or competition; win
Took the crown in horse racing.
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Have

To accept; take
I'll have the peas instead of the spinach.
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Take

Sports & Games To defeat
Our team took the visitors three to one.
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Have

To suffer from
Have defective vision.
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Take

To engage in sex with.
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Have

To be subject to the experience of
Had a difficult time last winter.
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Take

To remove with the hands or an instrument
I took the dishes from the sink. The dentist took two molars.
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Have

To cause to do something, as by persuasion or compulsion
Had my assistant run the errand.
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Take

To cause to die; kill or destroy
The blight took these tomatoes.
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Have

To cause to be in a specified place or state
Had the guests in the dining room.
Had everyone fascinated.
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Take

To subtract
If you take 10 from 30, you get 20.
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Have

To permit; allow
I won't have that kind of behavior in my house.
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Take

To exact
The storm took its toll.
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Have

To carry on, perform, or execute
Have an argument.
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Take

To deal a blow to; strike or hit
The boxer took his opponent a sharp jab to the ribs.
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Have

To place at a disadvantage
Your opponent in the debate had you on every issue.
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Take

To delight or captivate
She was taken by the puppy.
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Have

(Informal) To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception
They realized too late that they'd been had by a swindler.
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Take

To catch or affect with a particular action
Your remark took me by surprise.
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Have

(Informal) To influence by dishonest means; bribe
An incorruptible official who could not be had.
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Take

To carry in one's possession
Don't forget to take your umbrella. See Usage Note at bring.
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Have

To procreate (offspring)
Wanted to have a child.
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Take

To convey by transportation
This bus will take you to Dallas.
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Have

To give birth to; bear
She's going to have a baby.
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Take

To lead or cause to go along to another place
The guide took us to the waterfall.
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Have

To partake of
Have lunch.
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Take

To be as a path or course for; provide a way for
The trail takes you to the lake.
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Have

To be obliged to; must
We simply have to get there on time.
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Take

To put (food or drink, for example) into the body; eat or drink
Took a little soup for dinner.
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Have

To engage in sexual intercourse with.
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Take

To draw in; inhale
Took a deep breath.
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Have

Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action
The troublemaker has gone for good. I regretted that I had lost my temper. They will have finished by the time we arrive.
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Take

To expose one's body to (healthful or pleasurable treatment, for example)
Take the sun.
Take the waters at a spa.
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Have

One enjoying especially material wealth
"The gulf widens between the feast of the haves and the famine of the have-nots" (Salman Rushdie).
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Take

To move into or assume occupancy of
She took a seat by the fireplace. The team took the field.
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Have

(transitive) To possess, own.
I have a house and a car.
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Take

To choose for one's own use; avail oneself of the use of
We took a room in the cheaper hotel.
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Have

(transitive) To hold, as something at someone's disposal.
Look what I have here—a frog I found on the street!
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Take

To require the use of (something)
It takes money to live in this town. This camera takes 35-millimeter film.
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Have

(transitive) To include as a part, ingredient, or feature.
The stove has a handle. The shirt has sleeves.
The words cow and dog have three letters.
A government has three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial.
The movie has lots of action.
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Take

To use or require (time)
It only takes a few minutes to wash the car.
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Have

(transitive) Used to state the existence or presence of someone in a specified relationship with the subject.
I have two sisters.
She doesn’t have any friends.
I have a really mean boss.
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Take

To use (something) as a means of conveyance or transportation
Take a train to Pittsburgh.
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Have

(transitive) To consume or use up (a particular substance or resource, especially food or drink).
I have breakfast at six o'clock.
You've already had five drinks!
She's had more than enough time already.
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Take

To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge
Take shelter from the storm.
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Have

(transitive) To undertake or perform (an action or activity).
Can I have a look at that?
He's having a tantrum about it.
I’m going to have a bath now.
Let’s have a game of tiddlywinks.
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Take

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.
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Have

(transitive) To be scheduled to attend, undertake or participate in.
What class do you have right now? I have English.
Fred won’t be able to come to the party; he has a meeting that day.
I have a lot of work to do.
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Take

To undertake, make, or perform
Take a walk.
Take a decision.
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Have

To experience, go through, undergo.
We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.
He had surgery on his hip yesterday.
I’m having the time of my life!
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Take

To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses
Took a quick look at the sky.
Took a smell of the spices.
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Have

To be afflicted with, suffer from.
He had a cold last week.
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Take

To commit and apply oneself to the study of
Take art lessons.
Take Spanish.
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Have

(auxiliary verb, taking a past participle) Used in forming the perfect aspect.
I have already eaten today.
I had already eaten.
I will have left by the time you get here.
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Take

To study for with success
Took a degree in law.
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Have

Used as an interrogative verb before a pronoun to form a tag question, echoing a previous use of 'have' as an auxiliary verb or, in certain cases, main verb. (For further discussion, see the appendix English tag questions.)
They haven’t eaten dinner yet, have they?
Your wife hasn’t been reading that nonsense, has she?
He has some money, hasn’t he?
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Take

To accept (something owed, offered, or given) either reluctantly or willingly
Take a bribe.
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Have

See have to.
I have to go.
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Take

To allow to come in; give access or admission to; admit
The boat took a lot of water but remained afloat.
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Have

(transitive) To give birth to.
The couple always wanted to have children.
My wife is having the baby right now!
My mother had me when she was 25.
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Take

To provide room for; accommodate
We can't take more than 100 guests.
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Have

(usually passive) To obtain.
The substance you describe can't be had at any price.
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Take

To become saturated or impregnated with (dye, for example).
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Have

(transitive) To engage in sexual intercourse with.
He’s always bragging about how many women he’s had.
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Take

To submit to (something inflicted); undergo or suffer
Didn't take his punishment well.
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Have

(transitive) To accept as a romantic partner.
Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me.
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Take

To put up with; endure or tolerate
I've had about all I can take from them.
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Have

To cause to, by a command, request or invitation.
They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
Her very boyfriend is the person the criminal has do most of her dirty deeds.
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Take

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.
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Have

To cause to be.
He had him arrested for trespassing.
The lecture’s ending had the entire audience in tears.
Jim has his eyes closed.
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Take

To assume for oneself
Take all the credit.
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Have

To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week.
I’ve had three people today tell me my hair looks nice.
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Take

To agree to undertake or engage in (a task or duty, for example)
She took the position of chair of the committee.
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Have

To depict as being.
Their stories differed; he said he’d been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening.
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Take

(Baseball) To refrain from swinging at (a pitched ball).
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Have

To defeat in a fight; take.
I could have him!
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Take

To be affected with; catch
The child took the flu.
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Have

To inflict punishment or retribution on.
You broke the window! Teacher’ll have you for that!
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Take

To be hit or penetrated by
Took a lot of punches.
Took a bullet in the leg.
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Have

To be able to speak (a language).
I have no German.
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Take

To withstand
The dam took the heavy flood waters.
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Have

To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
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Take

To require or have as a fitting or proper accompaniment
Transitive verbs take a direct object.
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Have

To trick, to deceive.
I bought a laptop online but it never arrived. I think I've been had!
You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.
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Take

To accept as true; believe
I'll take your word that he's telling the truth.
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Have

To allow; to tolerate.
The child screamed incessantly for his mother to buy him a toy, but she wasn't having any of it.
I asked my dad if I could go to the concert this Thursday, but he wouldn't have it since it's a school night.
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Take

To impose upon oneself; subject oneself to
Take a vow.
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Have

To believe, buy, be taken in by.
I made up an excuse as to why I was out so late, but my wife wasn't having any of it.
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Take

To follow or adhere to (advice or a suggestion, for example).
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Have

(transitive) To host someone; to take in as a guest.
Thank you for having me!
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Take

To accept or adopt as one's own
Take a stand on an issue.
Take an interest in local history.
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Have

(transitive) To get a reading, measurement, or result from an instrument or calculation.
What do you have for problem two?
I have two contacts on my scope.
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Take

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.
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Have

To consider a court proceeding that has been completed; to begin deliberations on a case.
We’ll schedule closing arguments for Thursday, and the jury will have the case by that afternoon.
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Take

To understand or interpret
May I take your smile as an indication of approval?.
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Have

To make an observation of (a bird species).
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Take

To consider to be equal to; reckon
We take their number at 1,000.
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Have

A wealthy or privileged person.
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Take

To perceive or feel; experience
I took a dislike to my neighbor's intrusions.
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Have

(uncommon) One who has some (contextually specified) thing.
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Take

To obtain from a source; derive or draw
This book takes its title from the Bible.
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Have

A fraud or deception; something misleading.
They advertise it as a great deal, but I think it's a bit of a have.
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Take

To obtain, as through measurement or a specified procedure
Took the patient's temperature.
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Have

To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.
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Take

To write or make a record of, especially in shorthand or cursive writing
Take a letter.
Take notes.
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Have

To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has.
He had a fever late.
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Take

To create (an image, likeness, or representation), as by photography
Took a picture of us.
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Have

To accept possession of; to take or accept.
Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?
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Take

To include or distribute (a charge) in a financial record.
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Have

To get possession of; to obtain; to get.
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Take

(Informal) To swindle, defraud, or cheat
You've really been taken.
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Have

To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require.
I had the church accurately described to me.
Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also?
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Take

To get something into one's possession; acquire possession
The invaders took and took, until they had everything.
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Have

To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.
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Take

To accept or receive something
When it comes to advice, you take but you never give.
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Have

To hold, regard, or esteem.
Of them shall I be had in honor.
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Take

To have the intended effect; operate or work
The skin graft took.
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Have

To cause or force to go; to take.
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Take

To start growing; root or germinate
Have the seeds taken?.
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Have

To take or hold (one's self); to proceed promptly; - used reflexively, often with ellipsis of the pronoun; as, to have after one; to have at one or at a thing, i. e., to aim at one or at a thing; to attack; to have with a companion.
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Take

To engage or mesh; catch, as gears or other mechanical parts.
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Have

To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive.
Science has, and will long have, to be a divider and a separatist.
The laws of philology have to be established by external comparison and induction.
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Take

To gain popularity or favor
The television series never took and was later canceled.
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Have

To understand.
You have me, have you not?
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Take

(Regional) To begin or engage in an activity
He took and threw the money in the river.
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Have

To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him.
Myself for such a face had boldly died.
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Take

To become
He took sick.
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Have

A person who possesses great material wealth
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Take

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.
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Have

Have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;
She has $1,000 in the bank
He has got two beautiful daughters
She holds a Master's degree from Harvard
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Take

The number of fish, game birds, or other animals killed or captured at one time.
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Have

Have as a feature;
This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France
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Take

A scene filmed without interrupting the run of the camera.
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Have

Of mental or physical states or experiences;
Get an idea
Experience vertigo
Get nauseous
Undergo a strange sensation
The chemical undergoes a sudden change
The fluid undergoes shear
Receive injuries
Have a feeling
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Take

A recording made in a single session.
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Have

Have ownership or possession of;
He owns three houses in Florida
How many cars does she have?
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Take

A performer's reaction, especially to a specific situation or remark, as part of a comedy routine. Often used in combination
A double-take.
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Have

Cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition;
He got his squad on the ball
This let me in for a big surprise
He got a girl into trouble
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Take

A physical reaction, such as a rash, indicating a successful vaccination.
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Have

Serve oneself to, or consume regularly;
Have another bowl of chicken soup!
I don't take sugar in my coffee
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Take

A successful graft.
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Have

Have a personal or business relationship with someone;
Have a postdoc
Have an assistant
Have a lover
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Take

An attempt or a try
He got the answer on the third take.
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Have

Organize or be responsible for;
Hold a reception
Have, throw, or make a party
Give a course
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Take

An interpretation or assessment, as of an event
The mayor was asked for her take on the judge's decision.
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Have

Have left;
I have two years left
I don't have any money left
They have two more years before they retire
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Take

(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.
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Have

Be confronted with;
What do we have here?
Now we have a fine mess
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Take

(transitive) To seize or capture.
Take the guards prisoner
Take prisoners
After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
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Have

Undergo;
The stocks had a fast run-up
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Take

(transitive) To catch or get possession of (fish or game).
Took ten catfish in one afternoon
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Have

Suffer from; be ill with;
She has arthritis
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Take

To catch the ball; especially as a wicket-keeper and after the batsman has missed or edged it.
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Have

Cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner;
The ads induced me to buy a VCR
My children finally got me to buy a computer
My wife made me buy a new sofa
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Take

(transitive) To appropriate or transfer into one's own possession, sometimes by physically carrying off.
Billy took her pencil.
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Have

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
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Take

(transitive) To exact.
Take a toll
Take revenge
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Have

Get something; come into possession of;
Receive payment
Receive a gift
Receive letters from the front
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Take

(transitive) To capture or win (a piece or trick) in a game.
Took the next two tricks
Took Smith's rook
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Have

Undergo (as of injuries and illnesses);
She suffered a fracture in the accident
He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars
She got a bruise on her leg
He got his arm broken in the scuffle
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Take

(transitive) To receive or accept (something) (especially something given or bestowed, awarded, etc).
Took third place
Took bribes
The camera takes 35mm film.
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Have

Achieve a point or goal;
Nicklaus had a 70
The Brazilian team got 4 goals
She made 29 points that day
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Take

(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.
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Have

Give birth (to a newborn);
My wife had twins yesterday!
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Take

(transitive) To accept and follow (advice, etc).
Take my advice
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Have

Have sex with; archaic use;
He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
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Take

(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.
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Take

To receive or acquire (property) by law (e.g. as an heir).
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Take

(transitive) To remove.
Take two eggs from the carton
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Take

(transitive) To remove or end by death; to kill.
The earthquake took many lives.
The plague took rich and poor alike.
Cancer took her life.
He took his life last night.
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Take

(transitive) To subtract.
Take one from three and you are left with two.
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Take

(transitive) To have sex with.
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Take

(vulgar) To admit (a penis or the penis of) into one’s bodily cavity.
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Take

(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!
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Take

(transitive) To grasp or grip.
He took her hand in his.
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Take

(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.
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Take

(transitive) To adopt (select) as one's own.
She took his side in every argument.
Take a stand on the important issues
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Take

(transitive) To carry or lead (something or someone).
She took her sword with her everywhere she went.
I'll take the plate with me.
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Take

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.
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Take

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.
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Take

(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.
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Take

(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.
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Take

(reflexive) To go.
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Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(obsolete) To visit; to include in a course of travel.
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Take

(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.
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Take

(transitive) To obtain or receive regularly by (paid) subscription.
They took two magazines.
I used to take The Sunday Times.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To consume.
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Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To partake of (food or drink); to consume.
The general took dinner at seven o'clock.
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Take

(transitive) To experience, undergo, or endure.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To undergo; to put oneself into, to be subjected to.
Take sun-baths
Take a shower
She made the decision to take chemotherapy.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To suffer; to endure (a hardship or damage).
The ship took a direct hit and was destroyed.
Her career took a hit.
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Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To regard in a specified way.
He took the news badly.
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Take

(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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To understand (especially in a specified way).
Don't take my comments as an insult.
If she took my meaning
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To believe, to accept the statements of.
Take her word for it
Take him at his word
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Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To draw, derive, or deduce (a meaning from something).
I'm not sure what moral to take from that story.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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"
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To catch or contract (an illness, etc).
Took a chill
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To come upon or catch (in a particular state or situation).
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Take

(transitive) To captivate or charm; to gain or secure the interest or affection of.
Took her fancy
Took her attention
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To let in (water).
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Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To proceed to fill.
He took a seat in the front row.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To avail oneself of.
He took that opportunity to leave France.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To assume or perform (a form or role).
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To assume (a form).
Took the form of a duck
Took shape
A god taking the likeness of a bird
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To perform (a role).
Take the part of the villain/hero
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To assume and undertake the duties of (a job, an office, etc).
Take office
Take the throne
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To bind oneself by.
He took the oath of office last night
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To move into.
The witness took the stand
The next team took the field
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To go into, through, or along.
Go down two blocks and take the next left
Take the path of least resistance
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To have and use one's recourse to.
Take cover/shelter/refuge
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To ascertain or determine by measurement, examination or inquiry.
Take her pulse / temperature / blood pressure
Take a census
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To write down; to get in, or as if in, writing.
He took a mental inventory of his supplies.
She took careful notes.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To take a picture, photograph, etc of (a person, scene, etc).
The photographer will take you sitting down.
To take a group/scene
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To obtain money from, especially by swindling.
Took me for ten grand
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To deal with.
Take matters as they arise
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To decline to swing at (a pitched ball); to refrain from hitting at, and allow to pass.
He'll probably take this one.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(transitive) To accept as an input to a relation.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To have to be used with (a certain grammatical form, etc).
This verb takes the dative; that verb takes the genitive.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To accept (zero or more arguments).
The function takes two arguments, an array of size n and an integer k.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(intransitive) To engage, take hold or have effect.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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."
Dec 09, 2021

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To catch; to engage.
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Take

To win acceptance, favor or favorable reception; to charm people.
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Take

To have the intended effect.
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Take

To become; to be affected in a specified way.
They took ill within 3 hours.
She took sick with the flu.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To be able to be accurately or beautifully photographed.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

An intensifier.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To deliver, bring, give (something) to (someone).
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To give or deliver (a blow, to someone); to strike or hit.
He took me a blow on the head.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

The or an act of taking.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Something that is taken; a haul.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

The or a quantity of fish, game animals or pelts, etc which have been taken at one time; catch.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

An approach, a (distinct) treatment.
A new take on a traditional dish
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(music) A recording of a musical performance made during an uninterrupted single recording period.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(medicine) An instance of successful inoculation/vaccination.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

A catch of the ball (in cricket, especially one by the wicket-keeper).
Dec 09, 2021

Take

(printing) The quantity of copy given to a compositor at one time.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Taken.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
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Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to take a group or a scene.
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Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To receive as something to be eaten or drunk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
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Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To admit, as, something presented to the mind; not to dispute; to allow; to accept; to receive in thought; to entertain in opinion; to understand; to interpret; to regard or look upon; to consider; to suppose; as, to take a thing for granted; this I take to be man's motive; to take men for spies.
You take me right.
Charity, taken in its largest extent, is nothing else but the science love of God and our neighbor.
[He] took that for virtue and affection which was nothing but vice in a disguise.
You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; - with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.
Dec 09, 2021

Take

The income arising from land or other property;
The average return was about 5%
Dec 09, 2021

Take

The act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Carry out;
Take action
Take steps
Take vengeance
Dec 09, 2021

Take

As of time or space;
It took three hours to get to work this morning
This event occupied a very short time
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Take somebody somewhere;
We lead him to our chief
Can you take me to the main entrance?
He conducted us to the palace
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Get into one's hands, take physically;
Take a cookie!
Can you take this bag, please
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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!
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Take into one's possession;
We are taking an orphan from Romania
I'll take three salmon steaks
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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 postulates a patient's consent
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Assume, as of positions or roles;
She took the job as director of development
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Take into consideration for exemplifying purposes;
Take the case of China
Consider the following case
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Experience or feel or submit to;
Take a test
Take the plunge
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Make a film or photograph of something;
Take a scene
Shoot a movie
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Serve oneself to, or consume regularly;
Have another bowl of chicken soup!
I don't take sugar in my coffee
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Accept or undergo, often unwillingly;
We took a pay cut
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Make use of or accept for some purpose;
Take a risk
Take an opportunity
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Take by force;
Hitler took the Baltic Republics
The army took the fort on the hill
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Be a student of a certain subject;
She is reading for the bar exam
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Head into a specified direction;
The escaped convict took to the hills
We made for the mountains
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Be seized or affected in a specified way;
Take sick
Be taken drunk
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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
Dec 09, 2021

Take

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?
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Receive or obtain by regular payment;
We take the Times every day
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Buy, select;
I'll take a pound of that sausage
Dec 09, 2021

Take

To get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort;
Take shelter from the storm
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Have sex with; archaic use;
He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Lay claim to; as of an idea;
She took credit for the whole idea
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Be designed to hold or take;
This surface will not take the dye
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Be capable of holding or containing;
This box won't take all the items
The flask holds one gallon
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Develop a habit;
He took to visiting bars
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Proceed along in a vehicle;
We drive the turnpike to work
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Obtain by winning;
Winner takes all
He took first prize
Dec 09, 2021

Take

Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness;
He got AIDS
She came down with pneumonia
She took a chill
Dec 09, 2021

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