[c]/teɪk / (say tayk)

verb (took, taken, taking)
verb (t)
1. to get into one's hands or possession by force or artifice.
2. to seize, catch, or capture.
3. to grasp, grip or hold.
4. to get into one's hold, possession, control, etc., by one's own action but without force or artifice.
5. to select; pick out from a number: take a chocolate from a box.
6. to receive or accept willingly.
7. to receive by way of payment or charge.
8. to obtain by making payment: to take a house in Paddington.
9. to get or obtain from a source; derive.
10. to receive into the body or system, as by swallowing or inhaling: to take food.
11. to eat or use habitually, as a foodstuff, flavouring, etc.: to take sugar in tea.
12. to quote, especially without acknowledgement: this writer has taken whole pages from Eliot.
13. to remove by death.
14. to subtract or deduct: to take 2 from 5.
15. to carry or convey: take your lunch with you.
16. to convey or transport: we took the children to the beach by car.
17. to have recourse to (a vehicle, etc.) as a means of progression or travel: to take a bus to the top of the hill.
18. to effect a change in the position or condition of: his ability took him to the top.
19. to conduct or lead: where will this road take me?
20. to attempt to get over, through, round, etc. (something that presents itself), or succeed in doing this: the horse took the hedge with an easy jump.
21. (of a disease, illness, or the like) to attack or affect: to be taken with a fit.
22. to become affected by: a stone which will take a high polish.
23. to absorb or become impregnated with (a colour, etc.).
24. to surprise; detect; come upon: to take a thief in the act of stealing.
25. to receive or adopt (a person) into some specified or implied relation: to take a man in marriage.
26. to have sexual intercourse with.
27. to secure regularly by payment: to take a magazine.
28. to adopt and enter upon (a way, course, etc.); proceed to deal with in some manner: to take a matter under consideration.
29. to proceed to occupy: to take a seat.
30. to receive in a specified manner: *Yet you take this quite calmly. –henry handel richardson, 1929.
31. to avail oneself of (an opportunity, etc.).
32. to obtain or exact (satisfaction or reparation).
33. to receive, or be the recipient of (something bestowed, administered, etc.): to take first prize.
34. to have, undergo, enjoy, etc., as for one's benefit: to take a bath; take a rest.
35. to occupy, use up, or consume (space, material, time, etc.).
36. to attract and hold: a well-dressed shop window takes one's eye.
37. to captivate or charm: a pretty ring takes one's fancy.
38. to assume or adopt (a symbol, badge, or the like): to take the veil.
39. to make, put forth, etc.: to take exception.
40. to write down (notes, a copy, etc.): to take a record of a speech.
41. to go onto (a place of action): to take the stage; to take the field.
42. to make (a reproduction, picture, or photograph of something).
43. to make a figure or picture, especially a photograph, of (a person or thing).
44. to ascertain by inquiry, examination, measurement, scientific observation, etc.: to take a reading; to take someone's pulse.
45. to begin to have (a certain feeling or state of mind); experience or feel (delight, pride, etc.).
46. to form and hold in the mind: to take a gloomy view.
47. to understand in a specified way: how do you take this?
48. to regard or consider: *the Commonwealth shall be taken to be a self-governing colony for the purposes of that Act. –the australian constitution (revision 04/91), 1991.
49. to assume or undertake (a function, duty, responsibility, etc.).
50. to assume the obligation of (a vow, pledge, etc.); perform or discharge (a part, service, etc.).
51. to assume or adopt as one's own (a part or side in a contest, etc.); assume or appropriate as if by right: to take the credit for something; to take a liberty.
52. to grasp or apprehend, understand, or comprehend.
53. to do, perform, execute, etc.: to take a walk.
54. to accept and comply with (advice, etc.).
55. to suffer or undergo: to take insults.
56. to enter into the enjoyment of (recreation, a holiday, etc.).
57. to employ for some specified or implied purpose: to take measures to check an evil.
58. to require: it takes courage to do that.
59. Cards, Chess, etc. to capture or win (a trick, piece, etc.).
60. Grammar to have by usage, either as part of itself or with it in construction (a particular form, accent, etc., or a case, mood, etc.): `police' takes a plural verb.
verb (i)
61. to catch or engage, as a mechanical device.
62. to strike root, or begin to grow, as a plant.
63. to adhere, as ink, etc.
64. to win favour or acceptance, as a play.
65. to have the intended result or effect, as a medicine, inoculation, etc.
66. to admit of being photographed (well, badly, etc.).
67. to admit of being taken (out, apart, etc.): the box takes apart easily.
68. Angling (of a fish) to bite.
verb (copular)
69. to become (sick or ill).
70. an act or instance of taking.
71. that which is taken.
72. the quantity of fish, etc., taken at one time.
73. money taken; gross profit; takings.
74. point of view; perception: the German take on the GFC.
75. Journalism a portion of copy assigned to a keyboard operator or compositor, usually part of a story or article.
76. Parliamentary Procedure a ten-minute interval of reporting done by a parliamentary reporter working on roster.
77. Film, etc.
a. a scene or a portion of a scene photographed at one time without any interruption or break.
b. an instance of such continuous operation of the camera.
78. Recording a single uninterrupted sequence of recorded sound.
79. Colloquial a cheat; swindle.
80. Medicine a successful inoculation, vaccination, or the like.
81. Mining a two-month period for which tributers would work on a pitch of ore at a set percentage.
82. Mining a mineral-bearing area which a miner is permitted to work; a holding.
83. on the take, Colloquial accepting bribes or benefits.
84. take aback, to surprise; disconcert; startle.
85. take after,
a. to resemble (a parent, etc.).
b. US to pursue.
86. take a long hard look (or pull) at oneself, to examine one's own behaviour with a view to improving it in the future.
87. take a stab at, Colloquial to make an attempt at.
88. take away,
a. to carry off or remove.
b. to subtract (a number): take away the number you first thought of.
c. minus: four take away two is two.
d. Aboriginal English to remove (a child) from its Aboriginal parents in order to enforce integration into white society.
89. take back,
a. to retrieve; regain possession of.
b. to retract or withdraw.
c. to allow to return: she would not take back her erring husband.
d. to return for exchange, etc.: the radio was faulty so we took it back.
90. take care, to act or think cautiously.
91. take care of, to look after; protect.
92. take down,
a. to pull down.
b. to remove by pulling apart or taking apart.
c. to write down.
d. to take advantage of (someone); cheat; swindle.
93. take down a peg (or two), to humble: I'll take him down a peg or two.
94. take for, to believe or assume to be, especially mistakenly: I took him for the postman.
95. take for a ride, Colloquial
a. to deceive or cheat.
b. to kidnap and murder.
{Phrase Origin: US underworld slang (1920s); those who fell out with the gangster boss were lured into his car and taken for a ride which usually ended with their being shot dead}
96. take for granted,
a. to accept or assume without question.
b. to fail to ascribe credit, merit, worth, or the like to: it is very upsetting to have one's work taken for granted.
97. take from, to detract from or reduce: he may behave foolishly, but that does not take from the value of his work.
98. take in,
a. to receive and accommodate; provide lodging for.
b. to alter (a garment) in order to make it smaller; reduce the size or measurement of.
c. to include; encompass.
d. to comprehend; understand; grasp the meaning of.
e. to deceive, trick, or cheat.
99. take it,
a. Colloquial to endure pain, misfortune or the like with fortitude.
b. to react in a manner specified: when I broke the news, he took it very badly.
c. to assume: I take it from your silence that this is true.
100. take it or leave it,
a. to accept or reject the current offer, proposition, article for sale, etc.
b. to consider something with indifference.
101. take it out, Colloquial
a. to serve a time in jail instead of paying a fine.
b. to have sexual intercourse with a tradesperson, creditor, etc., in lieu of paying an account.
102. take it out of, to exhaust; sap the strength or energy of.
103. take it out on, to vent wrath, anger, or the like on: *my new House Mother had been an enemy of Miss Moore's and I knew she'd take it out on me. –sally morgan, 1987.
104. take off,
a. to remove, as of clothing.
b. to lead off or away.
c. to set off; take one's departure; go away.
d. Surfing to begin to ride a wave.
e. to withdraw or remove from: they had to take oysters off the menu because of the polluted river.
f. to spend as holiday time: to take three days off.
g. to remove (an employee, etc.) from some particular task: they took me off the shovelling.
h. to deduct: I'll take off $20 if you pay cash.
i. to become popular: surfboard riding took off as a national sport.
j. to leave the ground, as an aeroplane.
k. to escalate: prices took off.
l. to become excited.
m. to reach a level of excellence, success, flair, etc.: the play took off in the last act.
n. to imitate so as to caricature or ridicule.
105. take on,
a. to hire (workers): *They don't expect that an employer will take them on and stick with them forever –hugh mackay, 1999.
b. to undertake to handle.
c. to acquire: to take on a new aspect.
d. to start a quarrel or fight with: take on someone your own size; *And I wouldn't care to take him on without gloves, would you, Wal? –mary grant bruce, 1924.
e. to stand up to in a situation of conflict, especially political.
f. to win popularity: yoyos took on rapidly with children.
g. to show great excitement, grief, or other emotion.
106. take on board,
a. to grasp the significance of.
b. to accept and use, as an idea, etc.
107. take out,
a. to extract: to take out a tooth.
b. to escort or accompany (someone) assuming responsibility for the arrangements: he took the children out yesterday.
c. to treat (someone) to dinner at a restaurant, an entertainment, etc.
d. to obtain; apply for and get: to take out an insurance policy.
e. to vent: to take out one's rage on the dog.
f. to destroy; eliminate; render harmless: to take out a military installation by bombing.
g. to win (a prize): to take out the cup.
108. take over,
a. to assume complete control: in any activity she takes over.
b. to assume or acquire control of: to take over a company.
109. take possession, to enter into ownership, as of an estate.
110. take place, to happen; occur.
111. take someone off, Colloquial to imitate or mimic someone.
112. take someone up on, to accept someone's offer of.
113. take something off the ball (or it), Football to reduce the power of a kick.
114. take the bull by the horns, to act directly and promptly, particularly in a difficult situation. {Phrase Origin: ? with reference to the practice of Spanish matadors of attempting to seize the bull by the horns}
115. take to,
a. to apply, devote, or addict oneself to: to take to drink.
b. to respond (as specified, or if unspecified, favourably) to: *Well to tell the truth, Doris, he didn't seem to take kindly to the idea. –erle cox, 1925.
c. to go to: to take to one's bed.
d. to resort to; have recourse to: to take to one's heels.
e. to attack: he took to his brother with a hairbrush.
116. take up,
a. to lift; pick up.
b. to occupy oneself with; adopt the practice or study of: to take up Greek.
c. to occupy (time, space, or the like).
d. to resume or continue: to take up where one left off.
e. to accept (an offer).
f. to commence (a job).
g. to take possession as owner or tenant of (a grant of Crown land).
h. Mining Colloquial to reopen and mine (an abandoned mine).
117. take upon oneself, to assume the responsibility for.
118. take up with, to begin to associate with.
{Middle English; late Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka}
taker, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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