Meaning of TAKE in English



to take somebody or something from one place to another

1. to take someone or something from one place to another

2. the process of taking goods or people from one place to another

3. to go to a place and take someone or something from there

4. to take someone or something back to the place where they came from

5. to take something such as water, electricity, or gas from one place to another

6. to take someone somewhere and show them where to go, what to look at etc

7. a person whose job is to take people somewhere, show them things etc

8. to take someone away using force

to take something from somebody

9. to take something from someone

to take something from somewhere

10. to take something from the place where it is

11. to take something from somewhere quickly and suddenly

12. to put out your hand to take something

13. to take money out of a bank


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1. to take someone or something from one place to another

▷ take /teɪk/ [transitive verb]

to have someone or something with you when you go to another place :

▪ Don’t forget to take your keys.

▪ I’ve started taking a packed lunch to work to save money.

take somebody/something to/out/into/home etc

▪ ‘Where’s Dan?’ ‘He’s taken the car to the garage.’

▪ I can’t stop, I’ve got to take the kids to school.

▪ She was taken straight into the emergency room when we arrived.

▪ Would you like me to take you home?

▪ Are we allowed to take library books home with us?

take somebody something

▪ I took Alice a cup of tea.

take somebody/something with you

▪ Did he take the camera with him?

▪ Take the dogs with you if you’re going for a walk.

▷ bring /brɪŋ/ [transitive verb]

if someone brings a person or thing to the place where you are, they have that person or thing with them when they come :

▪ I brought my Nikes - they’re about the only decent shoes I have.

▪ We’ve brought someone to see you!

bring somebody to/into/out/home etc

▪ Everyone’s bringing a bit of food and a bottle to the party.

▪ When are you going to bring him in for his injections?

▪ The only time we use the VCR is when they bring Joey to our house.

▪ I brought some work home and tried to get it finished in the evening.

bring somebody something

▪ Robert asked the waiter to bring him the check.

bring somebody/something with you

▪ I hope he hasn’t brought his brother with him.

▪ Is it okay if I bring some clothes with me to wash?

▷ transport /trænˈspɔːʳt/ [transitive verb]

to move large quantities of goods or large numbers of people from one place to another, especially over a large distance :

▪ The plane is used for transporting military personnel.

transport somebody/something to/from/across etc

▪ The company transports meat across the country in refrigerated containers.

▪ Raw materials were transported to Phoenix from the reservations.

▪ The incident raised concerns about the safety and security of nuclear weapons being transported through Europe.

▷ deliver /dɪˈlɪvəʳ/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to take letters, newspapers, goods etc to someone’s home or office :

▪ Your computer will be delivered between 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.

▪ How soon can you deliver?

deliver something to somebody/something

▪ If your order is ready, it will be delivered to you tomorrow.

▪ Unfortunately the package was delivered to the wrong address.

delivery [countable/uncountable noun]

when letters, newspapers, goods etc are taken to someone’s house or office :

▪ We offer free home delivery for every purchase over $150.

▪ a newspaper delivery boy

▷ escort /ɪˈskɔːʳt/ [transitive verb]

to take someone to a place and make sure they cannot escape or that they arrive there safely :

escort somebody to/into/out etc

▪ The prisoner was escorted into the room by two police officers.

▪ The guards escorted them to a waiting helicopter.

▪ After he was sacked, he was escorted discreetly from the building by two senior managers.

escort /ˈeskɔːʳt/ [countable/uncountable noun]

a person or group who escorts someone somewhere :

▪ The agreement says weapons inspectors will be accompanied by Iraqi escorts.

armed/military/police escort

▪ They provided an armed escort for the journey back to Cairo.

under escort

▪ The three men left the court under police escort.

▷ whisk somebody away /ˌwɪsk somebody əˈweɪ/ [transitive phrasal verb not in progressive]

if the police, guards, or people who are looking after someone whisk someone away they take them away from a place very quickly, especially in a car :

▪ He refused to talk to reporters and was whisked away by the authorities to an undisclosed location.

▪ Two police officers stood outside, waiting to whisk her away as soon as she came out.

▷ drive /draɪv/ [transitive verb]

to take someone from one place to another in a car or other road vehicle :

drive somebody to/from/home etc

▪ The terrorists forced Mr Grey to drive them to the airport.

▪ Tyson declined to give any comment to reporters and was driven away by a friend.

▪ She didn’t really want to drive herself to the doctor, so I said I’d take her.

▪ Wayne usually drives Patti home from class because they live quite close to each other.

▷ fly /flaɪ/ [transitive verb]

to take people or goods from one place to another by plane :

fly somebody/something to/from/back etc

▪ His company flew him to Rio to attend the conference.

▪ I’m not allowed to fly visitors into the National Park area without permission.

▪ Medical equipment and food are being flown into the areas worst hit by the disaster.

▷ ship /ʃɪp/ [transitive verb]

to take goods a long distance to another place in a ship, plane, truck or train, so that they can be used or sold :

ship something to/from/back etc

▪ About half of the whisky produced in Scotland is shipped to Japan and the US.

▪ I’m a manufacturer, and I ship electronic goods across the Mexican border, so the new levies will definitely affect my business.

shipment [countable/uncountable noun]

goods that are being shipped, or the process of shipping them :

▪ a reduction in oil shipments

▪ Hundreds of cars are lined up outside the factory, awaiting shipment to France and Holland.

▷ carry /ˈkæri/ [transitive verb]

if a ship, plane, train, or road vehicle carries people or goods, it takes them from one place to another :

▪ Air India carried 1.66 million passengers last year.

▪ The Jeep was carrying six men from the artillery brigade. Only one survived.

carry somebody/something to/from/across etc

▪ The ship was carrying a cargo of oil from Kuwait to Japan.

▪ The train was carrying passengers from Moscow to St Petersburg.

2. the process of taking goods or people from one place to another

▷ transport British /transportation American /ˈtrænspɔːʳt, ˌtrænspɔːˈteɪʃ ə nǁˌtrænspər-/ [uncountable noun]

▪ We need more investment in natural gas distribution and transportation.

transport to

▪ The price is $40, which includes transportation to the game and refreshments.

transport of

▪ The government is planning to tighten up regulations governing the transport of toxic waste.

transport costs/systems/companies etc

▪ Carrying goods by ship reduces transportation costs.

▪ Critics have pointed to the lack of transport links to the new attraction.

▷ haulage British /hauling American /ˈhɔːlɪdʒ, ˈhɔːlɪŋ/ [uncountable noun]

the business of taking large quantities of goods from one place to another :

▪ Rail freight charges are high compared with the cost of road haulage.

▪ The company also provides commercial hauling for the city of San Diego.

haulage company/costs/contractor etc

▪ Jean works for a road haulage company based in St Etienne.

▷ in transit /ɪn ˈtrænsə̇t, -zə̇t/ [adverb]

while being taken from one place to another :

▪ A good insurance policy will cover the cost of goods lost or damaged in transit.

▪ Cheese continues to ripen while in transit, so storage is important.

3. to go to a place and take someone or something from there

▷ get /get/ [transitive verb not in passive]

to go to the place where someone or something is, and bring them back, or tell them to come back :

▪ I’ll get my coat and then we can go.

▪ Dinner’s ready. Can you get Jo?

▪ I’ve got to get the kids in a few minutes.

get somebody something

get something for someone

▪ Could you get me my keys from the kitchen?

▪ I’m going to get myself a beer, does anyone else want one?

go (and) get somebody/something

▪ Go and get your father. He’s in the garden.

▪ Forget the cooking, let’s go get takeout.

▷ pick up /ˌpɪk ˈʌp/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to go to a place where someone or something is waiting for you or ready for you, and take them with you :

pick somebody/something up

▪ Do you want me to come back and pick you guys up?

▪ Nadia will pick you up at the airport.

▪ Can you pick some milk up from the shop on your way home?

pick up somebody/something

▪ ‘Where’s Diana?’ ‘She just left to pick up the kids from school.’

▪ I’ll pick up the tickets on my way home from work.

▪ Hi, I’ve come to pick up a suit I left on Tuesday.

▷ collect /kəˈlekt/ [transitive verb] British

to go to the place where someone or something is waiting for you, and bring them back :

▪ I’m at the station. Can you come and collect me?

▪ We’ll have to eat later, I’m collecting Grandma from the hospital this evening.

▪ I’ve got a parcel to collect from the post office.

▷ fetch /fetʃ/ [transitive verb] British

to go to get someone or something that you need and bring them back :

▪ Jim’s gone to fetch the police.

▪ Where’s your mug? Go and fetch it.

▪ Martha fetched a towel from the bathroom.

fetch somebody something

▪ Could you fetch me a screwdriver?

4. to take someone or something back to the place where they came from

▷ take back /ˌteɪk ˈbæk/ [transitive phrasal verb]

take somebody/something back

▪ Paul asked the taxi driver to take him back to his hotel.

▪ The dress was too big, so I took it back.

▪ Would you like Daddy to take you back home?

▪ You can take these CDs back with you.

take back somebody/something

▪ I have to take back the trailer I borrowed from Randy.

▪ What would be a good present to take back for Anna?

▪ Dee wanted a loaf to take back with her.

▷ bring back /ˌbrɪŋ ˈbæk/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to bring someone or something back to the place where you are now or to your home :

bring somebody/something back

▪ Mrs Ali will bring you back from school today.

▪ I was going to ask if you could bring that pair of jeans back with you.

▪ Why don’t you bring Barbara back here?

▪ Thanks -- I promise I’ll bring it back tomorrow.

bring back something

▪ When can you bring back those books I lent you?

▪ They brought back some lovely cheese from France.

▪ We’re going to bring back some beer with us -- do you want anything else?

▷ return /rɪˈtɜːʳn/ [transitive verb]

to bring or take something back to the place where you got it from :

▪ Penny has still not returned the office keys.

return something to something

▪ Sign and keep the top sheet, and return the blue sheet to the office.

▪ If there is a problem with the computer, you can return it to the store.

5. to take something such as water, electricity, or gas from one place to another

▷ carry /ˈkæri/ [transitive verb]

▪ The electricity is carried by means of cables which are up to 30 cm thick.

carry something to/from/across etc

▪ The pipelines, which carry oil across Alaska, are designed to withstand extremely low temperatures.

▪ Rivers carry debris out to the sea, and it then settles on the bottom.

▷ conduct /kənˈdʌkt/ [transitive verb]

to take heat, electricity, or sound from one place to another through pipes or along wires :

▪ Before Newton, people had great difficulty understanding how any metal could conduct electricity.

conduct something from/to/away etc

▪ Water is used to conduct heat away from the reactor.

▪ Specially treated copper wires conduct the signal from the amplifier to the speakers.

▷ convey /kənˈveɪ/ [transitive verb] formal

to take something such as water, electricity, or gas from one place to another :

▪ A crack had developed in one of the main cooling pipes which are used to convey water.

convey something to/from/across etc

▪ The blood is conveyed to the heart from the veins.

6. to take someone somewhere and show them where to go, what to look at etc

▷ guide /gaɪd/ [transitive verb]

to take someone through or to a place that you know very well, showing them the way :

guide somebody to/through/along etc

▪ Sammler was a huge help, guiding me through the dangers of the city streets.

▪ The travellers were guided around the Hindu Kush by local people who had lived there all their lives.

▷ lead /liːd/ [transitive verb]

to take a person or an animal to a place, especially by going in front of them :

lead somebody to/through/along etc

▪ Our guide seemed to be leading us towards a wooded area in the distance.

▪ He led Julia through the house to his study.

▪ The police officer took her arm and led her gently away.

lead the way

▪ In silence, Roland led the way back to the car.

▷ show /ʃəʊ/ [transitive verb]

to take someone to a place, such as a table in a restaurant or a hotel room, and leave them there :

show somebody to something

▪ Could you show this gentleman to his table please.

▪ I stood in the foyer, waiting to be shown to my apartment.

▷ usher /ˈʌʃəʳ/ [transitive verb]

to take someone to a place such as a room or building, especially as part of your job :

usher somebody into/to/towards etc

▪ At the front door stood two smart young men, who ushered the guests into the house.

▪ Smiling, Smart ushered her to a waiting car outside.

▷ shepherd /ˈʃepəʳd/ [transitive verb]

to guide a large group of people in an orderly way :

shepherd somebody up/along/to etc

▪ The police officer shepherded everyone away and padlocked the church gates.

▪ We expected to be asked to sit down, but instead we were shepherded out to an open patio at the back of the house.

7. a person whose job is to take people somewhere, show them things etc

▷ guide /gaɪd/ [countable noun]

a person whose job is to take people to a place or show them around a place, especially because they know the area well :

▪ You are advised not to enter the Kenyan game reserves without a guide.

▪ That seems like a question for our experienced tour guide, Monika Koppel.

▪ Our guide and interpreter said he enjoyed the work because he himself had learned much about the city.

▷ usher /ˈʌʃəʳ/ [countable noun]

someone who guides people to their seats, for example at a wedding or in a cinema :

▪ I worked as an usher at the local cinema during the holidays.

▪ The usher handed us a songsheet and directed us to seats in the front row.

▷ docent /ˈdəʊs ə nt, dəʊˈsent/ [countable noun] American

someone who guides you around a museum and tells you about what you are seeing :

▪ She’s a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian Institution.

▪ At the J Paul Getty museum in Malibu, a docent was giving her usual tour.

8. to take someone away using force

▷ take away /ˌteɪk əˈweɪ/ [transitive phrasal verb]

if soldiers, the police etc take someone away, they force that person to go with them :

take somebody away

▪ The soldiers took my son away and I never saw him again.

▪ Luis told me how he’d been picked up by military police in the middle of the night, and taken away for questioning.

take away somebody

▪ At that time police would often take away suspected revolutionaries and throw them in jail with a trial.

▷ abduct /əbˈdʌkt, æb-/ [transitive verb]

to take someone away by force, especially a child or young person, often in order to kill them or sexually attack them - used especially in news reports :

▪ The two high school girls were abducted at gunpoint on Tuesday.

▪ Kurdish separatists have abducted a Japanese tourist and are demanding money for his safe return.

abduct somebody from something

▪ Several young women had been abducted from their villages and forced to work as prostitutes.

abduction [uncountable noun]

▪ The man is charged with the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl.

▷ kidnap /ˈkɪdnæp/ [transitive verb]

to take someone away by force and keep them as your prisoner, in order to make their family or their government give you money or other things you want :

▪ Terrorists have kidnapped a French officer and are demanding $400,000 from the French government.

▪ He was kidnapped by vigilantes in El Centro, beaten and robbed, and then set on fire.

kidnapping [countable/uncountable noun]

when someone is kidnapped :

▪ Most diplomats now travel with bodyguards, following a series of kidnappings.

▪ He has been charged with the kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend.

▪ victims of kidnapping

▷ take somebody hostage /teɪk somebody ˈhɒstɪdʒǁ-ˈhɑː-/ [verb phrase]

to take someone and keep them as a prisoner, especially for political reasons, and threaten to kill them if their government does not do what you demand :

▪ On January 6, six Italian nuns were taken hostage.

▪ Guerrilla fighters seized the hospital yesterday, taking patients and staff hostage, although several dozen were later released.

9. to take something from someone

▷ take /teɪk/ [transitive verb]

to take something out of someone’s hands :

▪ Let me take your bags -- you look exhausted.

▪ Oh, mom, could you just take this for a second?

▪ He took her coat, and hung it in the hall.

take something from somebody

▪ He walked slowly across the room and took the gun from her.

take something off somebody


▪ Can you take some of these books off me?

▷ grab/snatch /græb, snætʃ/ [transitive verb]

to take something from someone with a sudden violent movement :

▪ He just grabbed my camera and ran off with it.

snatch/grab something from somebody/something

▪ Gerry snatched her diary from the desk, and she lunged to grab it back.

snatch/grab something off somebody


▪ Paul grabbed the bag of sweets off his sister and ran away with it.

▷ take away /ˌteɪk əˈweɪ/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to take something important from someone, such as a possession or a right, either as a punishment or in a way that is wrong or unfair :

take away something

▪ Mom’s threatened to take away my stereo if my schoolwork doesn’t improve.

▪ The new law would take away the rights of workers to go on strike.

▪ That’s stupid -- it’s like teaching someone to read, then taking away all their books!

take something away

▪ No, Eli, I’m taking it away now!

take something away from somebody

▪ Even though Polly still needs it, the authorities have taken the wheelchair away from her.

▷ seize /siːz/ [transitive verb]

to take something such as drugs, guns, or documents from someone who is keeping them illegally or taking them from one place to another :

▪ Police seized 53 weapons and made 42 arrests.

▪ Over 52,000 E-tablets hidden in a car door were seized by customs officials.

▪ Assets worth over $1 million were seized, along with documents relating to the company’s financial dealings.

▷ impound /ɪmˈpaʊnd/ [transitive verb]

to take something such as a car or an animal away from someone and keep it in a special place until they are officially allowed to have it back :

▪ The act will give the government new rights to impound untaxed cars and crush them.

▪ The medical officer says that the animals will be impounded while tests are carried out.

▪ Police recovered both items, and impounded a black BMW from the murder scene.

▷ confiscate /ˈkɒnfɪskeɪt, ˈkɒnfəskeɪtǁˈkɑːn-/ [transitive verb]

to officially take something away from someone, either as a punishment or because they are not allowed to have it :

▪ Your vehicle can be confiscated if you are transporting marijuana.

▪ The authorities will confiscate firearms found on a boat or plane if the owner cannot show proof of US licensing.

confiscate something from somebody

▪ The group claims that billions of dollars in property and bank accounts was confiscated from Jewish businessmen in the Second World War.

confiscated [adjective]

▪ The report concludes that no one knows what actually happened to the confiscated property.

▷ commandeer /ˌkɒmənˈdɪəʳǁˌkɑː-/ [transitive verb]

if the army or other military organization commandeers something such as a vehicle or a building, they take it away from the owners in order to use it in a war :

▪ Bud’s truck had been commandeered by the regiment.

▪ The officers had commandeered every house in the area.

▪ A paramilitary group attempted to commandeer the bus and take it to Madrid.

▷ deprive somebody /dɪˈpraɪv somebody/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to take away or not let someone have their rights, advantages etc, especially in a way that seems unfair :

▪ Under Stalin, Soviet citizens were deprived of their most basic human rights.

▪ The boy’s parents claim the school’s actions have effectively deprived their son of education.

▪ Banning the carnival will deprive law-abiding citizens of a source of culturally valuable entertainment.

▷ strip somebody /ˈstrɪp somebody/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to completely take away someone’s rights, responsibilities, or a prize they have won, especially as a punishment for doing something wrong :

▪ The captain was stripped of his licence after the collision.

▪ He was formally stripped of his American citizenship.

▪ The ruling authority stripped him of his boxing title after he was convicted of importing heroin.

▪ The court ruled that Learer’s conviction did not constitute grounds for stripping her of custody of her four children.

10. to take something from the place where it is

▷ take /teɪk/ [transitive verb]

to take something from the place where it is :

▪ Have you taken my keys? I can’t find them.

take something from/off/down etc

▪ He took a dictionary down from the shelf.

▪ Her camera was taken from the reception desk while no one was looking.

▪ If anyone would like to take the uneaten food home, they’re welcome to do so.

▷ take out /ˌteɪk ˈaʊt/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to take something from a place where it cannot be seen, for example from a pocket, drawer or container :

take out something

▪ He reached into his pocket and took out a handkerchief.

▪ Today, I’m going to show you how to take out summer-flowering bulbs to store them for the winter.

take something out

▪ Sally opened a pack of cigarettes, took one out and lit it.

▪ I keep the forms in this folder here, so just take one out if you need one.

take something out of something

▪ Take that chewing gum out of your mouth!

▪ Take the sachet out of the water after 3 minutes.

▷ pull out /ˌpʊl ˈaʊt/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to quickly take something from a place where it was hidden or could not be seen :

pull out something

▪ He pulled out a gun and fired three shots.

pull something out

▪ I saw her pull a bag out from under the seat.

pull something out of something

▪ She pulled a pen out of her bag and began to scribble furiously.

▷ remove /rɪˈmuːv/ [transitive verb] formal

to take something away from the place where it is, especially something that you do not want or something that should not be there :

▪ Please do not remove this notice.

▪ The new technology will make it easier for surgeons to remove abnormal growths before they cause problems.

remove something from something

▪ Remove all the packaging from the pizza and place it in a preheated oven.

▪ The relics were removed from the house and taken to a local museum for identification.

▷ withdraw /wɪðˈdrɔː, wɪθ-/ [transitive verb]

to take something out of something else, especially slowly or carefully - used especially in literature :

▪ The ambassador frowned and withdrew the cigar from his mouth.

▪ She withdrew her hand from his grasp, and turned to leave the room.

▷ fish out /ˌfɪʃ ˈaʊt/ [transitive phrasal verb] informal

to take something from a place where it is difficult to get things from :

fish something out

▪ The doctor fished his glasses out again and looked closely at Murphy’s ear.

fish something out from something

▪ The young man fished a dirty bowl out from under the bed.

fish out something

▪ Brody fished out a pack of cigarettes and lit one.

fish something out of something

▪ I fished it out of the trash -- it’s a perfectly good tea kettle.

11. to take something from somewhere quickly and suddenly

▷ grab /græb/ []

to quickly and suddenly take something from the place where it is, especially because you are in a hurry :

▪ Grab your coat, we’re late.

▪ I’m going to run downstairs and grab some books and stuff - I’ll be right back.

▪ It was chaos, everyone was just grabbing drinks from behind the bar.

▷ snatch /snætʃ/ [transitive verb not usually in progressive]

to take something quickly and violently from the place where it is :

▪ When no one was looking, he snatched a tray of watches and ran out of the shop.

▪ Someone’s going to snatch your purse if you leave it sticking out of your bag like that.

▪ Before I could say a word, he’d snatched the keys from the table and run out of the room.

▷ whisk something away /ˌwɪsk something əˈweɪ/ [transitive phrasal verb not usually in progressive]

to very quickly and suddenly take something from the place where it is, especially to prevent someone from seeing or touching it :

whisk away something

▪ The waiter whisked away my plate before I’d finished.

whisk away

▪ As soon as the baby was born he was whisked away and put in an incubator.

12. to put out your hand to take something

▷ reach for /ˈriːtʃ fɔːʳ/ [transitive phrasal verb not in passive]

▪ I reached for the salt, and knocked over a bottle of wine.

▪ There was a noise outside, and Bill reached for his flashlight.

▷ grab/snatch at /ˈgræb, ˈsnætʃ æt/ [transitive phrasal verb not in passive]

to suddenly put out your hand in order to take something :

▪ I grabbed at the boy’s collar as he ran past.

▪ I snatched at the reins and managed to haul him to a halt.

13. to take money out of a bank

▷ take/get out /ˌteɪk, ˌget ˈaʊt/ [transitive phrasal verb]

take/get out something

▪ I took out $50 yesterday, and I spent it already.

▪ She took out all her savings and bought a one-way ticket to Rio.

▪ How much did you get out?

take/get something out

▪ Stop if you see a cashpoint, I have to get some money out.

▪ You know if I take $50 out, I’ll spend $50.

take/get something out of something

▪ Someone stole my cheque book and started using it to get money out of my account.

▪ Dad wanted to lend me the money, so I wouldn’t have to take it out of my savings.

▷ withdraw /wɪðˈdrɔː, wɪθ-/ [transitive verb]

to take money out of your bank - use this in official or business contexts :

▪ This card allows the user to withdraw money at any time of day.

withdraw something from something

▪ I withdrew $200 from my savings account.

withdrawal [countable/uncountable noun]

▪ Customers can only make three withdrawals in one day.

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