Meaning of TAKE in English

I. ˈtāk transitive verb

( took ˈtu̇k, dial ˈtək ; or dialect tak·en ˈtākən sometimes -k ə ŋ ; taken “ ; or dialect took or chiefly Scottish tane ˈtān ; taking ; takes )

Etymology: Middle English taken, from Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; akin to Middle Dutch taken to take, Gothic tekan to touch

1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control by force or stratagem: as

a. : to seize or capture physically (as men, munitions, works, or territory in war, a person charged with an offense, or a piece of property by legal process)

took 300 of the enemy's men and a dozen of his cannon

believed they could take the fort in about three days

was taken by the police within three hours of the crime

took the town and carried off what wine and oil it contained — C.L.Jones


(1) : to get possession of (as fish or game) by killing or capturing

eighty percent of the whales today are taken in the Antarctic — Mary H. Vorse

the nets by which the bats were to be taken — R.L.Ditmars & A.M.Greenhall

took many nice fish — Alexander MacDonald

had never more than three or four pellets in them … for he took them upon the very edge of the shot pattern — William Humphrey

proclamation governing the taking of upland game birds and deer — N. Dak. Hunting Regulations

— sometimes used to include acts in attempt to kill or capture

the word take as used in this Act means hunt, shoot, pursue, lure, kill, destroy, capture, trap or ensnare, or to attempt so to do — Illinois Game & Fish Codes

(2) : to seize as prey

tales of children taken by tigers

c. : to capture or secure (as an opponent's piece in chess or card in bridge) in order to remove from play

took his opponent's queen on the fourth move

also : to serve to capture

planned to let his rook take the knight

ace takes the king

d. : to seize or destroy (property) for public purposes : acquire title by eminent domain : confiscate


(1) : to catch or field (as a batted ball) in baseball or cricket

take it on the fly

took it on the first hop

(2) : to catch (a batsman) out in cricket

was taken in the slips


a. : to lay or get hold of with arms, hands, or fingers or with a hand or an instrument : grasp , grip

take the ax by the handle

take the book in your right hand

always took his hand when they crossed the street

took his sleeve to guide him

took him by the shoulders and shook him soundly

dentist took the tooth in his forceps

took the child in her arms to comfort it

take the railing as you go down

b. : to catch hold upon (as by contact or adhesion)

sound of a ship taking the ground

oars rhythmically taking the water


a. : to catch, seize, or attack through the effect of a sudden force or influence: as

(1) : to seize or attack so as to have an effect upon

was taken with a fit of laughing

was suddenly taken with a need for companionship

liked to work as the humor took him

toward morning he was taken with frenzy and leaped from bed — J.A.Michener

seemed to be taken with a great restlessness — S.H.Holbrook

(2) : to strike or affect so as to cause to be in a particular condition

was taken ill

found himself taken hoarse

was taken down with pneumonia

(3) : to attack through magical or supernatural forces : cast a spell on : use malign influence over

blasts the tree and takes the cattle — Shakespeare

b. : to catch or come upon (as a person) in a particular situation or action

question took him unprepared

was taken unawares

tried to take him napping

took him in the very act

c. : to strike or hit (as a person) usually in or on a specified part

a straight left-hander that took him on the broad chin — Arthur Morrison

took the boy a smart box on the ear


(1) : to capture or gain the approval or liking of : captivate , charm , delight

performance that seemed to have taken the fancy of the crowd

— usually used with with

was much taken with him at their first meeting

so taken with the decorations that she decided to copy them

or sometimes with by

quite taken by their concern for his comfort

(2) : to catch and hold (as the attention, interest, regard) often for only a short time

took his attention momentarily

kind of thing that takes one's eye


a. : to get into one's hand or one's hold or possession by a physical act of simple transference

I take my pen in hand

took his hat and coat and left

reached over and took a piece of bread

took a cigar and lit it

took the youngster on her lap

took a stake and pounded it in the ground


(1) : to introduce or receive into one's body (as by eating, drinking, or inhaling)

had taken no food for three days

take a glass of water

take snuff

takes the smoke into his lungs

take one tablet after each meal

took poison

killed himself by taking gas

communed with spirits while taking tobacco and a narcotic herb — J.H.Steward

label reading “this medicine is not to be taken internally”

took his bottle well and had gained back to birth weight — E.F.Patton

(2) : to expose oneself to (as sun or air) for pleasure or for physical benefit

taking the sun on the beach before the little teahouse — Hamilton Basso

piers … where families in the neighborhood could take the river air in warm weather — Brooks Atkinson

(3) : to partake of (as a meal) : eat , drink

the audience would take tea there — Virginia Woolf

took supper with an English earl — F.B.Gipson

residents are required to take their meals in the houses — Official Register of Harvard University

takes dinner about six



(1) : to bring or receive into a relation or connection

took his son into the firm

wouldn't take me into his confidence

takes a few private pupils

was reduced to taking lodgers

time he took a wife

the stupid bride he means to take — Carl Van Doren

took a squaw to wife — Burges Johnson

serve you right if she took a lover — Guy McCrone

(2) : to receive into one's household for provision and care or to adopt

took her dead brother's youngest child

married children arranged to take their father a month at a time

agreed to take a war orphan

b. : to copulate with

6. : to transfer into one's own keeping : enter into or arrange for possession, ownership, or use of:

a. : appropriate

took the umbrella to keep it from being lost or stolen

if nobody wants this, I'll take it

found that somebody had taken his hat

accused me of taking his camera

had been taking money out of the till for months


(1) : to obtain or secure for use (as by lease, subscription, or contract)

take a cottage for the summer

take a box at the opera

family takes several magazines

take two quarts of milk every other day

(2) : to obtain by purchasing : buy

spent an hour looking around but didn't take anything

finally decided to take a blue serge suit

wanted to take the ranch house but his wife wouldn't agree

salesman tried to persuade him to take the convertible

7. : to adopt or lay hold of for oneself or as one's own : assume: as


(1) : to invest oneself with (as a property or an attribute)

butter often takes the flavor of substances near it

fog took ghostly shapes

ancient Greek gods often took the likeness of a human being

unconsciously he took color from his environment — V.L.Parrington

take different shapes on different occasions — Curtis Bok

also : to assume a property or attribute of

the plaster took the mold in perfect detail

(2) : to assume as a badge or symbol (as of a function or an office)

take the veil of a nun

asked him to take the gavel

had taken the throne at twenty

b. : to charge oneself with (as a duty, obligation, or task) : undertake

take office

take service under a foreign flag

take the responsibility for keeping order

each teacher must take the study hall once every week

specifically : to assume responsibility for checking the effectiveness of (a player on an opposing team) on a given play

our right end takes defensive fullback — A.E.Neale


(1) : to subject oneself to : bind oneself by

take a vow

take a pledge

take my oath he hasn't grown an inch — New Yorker

took oath as president on December 1st — Virginia Prewett

(2) obsolete : to make oneself responsible for the truth of (as a statement) : affirm , swear — used with it

took 't upon mine honor thou hadst it not — Shakespeare


(1) : to undertake and perform or exercise

take the role of the villain

took an important part in the negotiations

the teacher who took the third grade last year

take soprano

had to take three sections of freshman English

curate took the early morning service

(2) : to give or impose upon oneself (as special or added responsibility) as part of or in the course of something undertaken or done — used chiefly in the phrase take pains or take the trouble

man who is willing to take the trouble to do good work

have taken pains with the documentation — Van Wyck Brooks

took no pains to soften their footsteps — Jean Stafford

few of our statesmen can have taken so little pains to keep themselves in the public eye — G.M.Young

e. : to adopt (as another's part or side) as one's own : align or ally oneself with

knew that his mother would take his side

— often used in the phrase take sides

members take sides against each other in all public affairs — A.C.Whitehead

f. : to adopt or advance as one's fundamental point of argument or defense

a point well taken

took his stand on judicial incorruptibility

g. : to assume as if rightfully one's own or as if granted : arrogate to oneself

take the credit

take the liberty of disagreeing

took my consent for granted

take leave to protest

h. : to have or assume as a proper part of or accompaniment to itself : be formed or used with

takes an accent on the last syllable

takes an s in the plural

transitive verbs take an object

takes the objective case

plural noun takes a plural verb


a. : to secure by winning in competition : win

took six tricks in a row

took the fight by a knockout

took first place in the broad jump

took the Latin prize for two years

was lucky to take one game out of four

took first-class honors in history — Current Biography

took ribbons for his vegetables — Lamp

b. : to win over (as an opponent) : beat , defeat

took him in straight sets

bragged that he could take the new marshal — J.W.Schaefer

9. : to pick out : choose , select

was told to take the road bearing left at the fork

always took the middle course if there was one

let him take his pick

take any number from one to ten

10. : to adopt, choose, or avail oneself of for use : have recourse to and use

take the first opportunity

took every means he could think of

was forced to take severe measures


a. : to have recourse to as an instrument for doing something

had taken his belt to the disobedient boy

nothing to do with the weeds but take a scythe to them

b. : to use as a means of transportation or progression

could take the subway to work

took a freighter to Europe

usually took the car

he takes airplanes, but his wife won't fly — Philip Hamburger

insisted on taking a taxi all the way — Christopher Isherwood

also : to go aboard or mount (as something providing such transportation) : board

always took the train at the main station

had taken horse and ridden into the fields — J.H.Wheelwright

just before I took ship at New York for Sweden — Sinclair Lewis

takes the train every morning at 6:45

c. : to have recourse to (as a place) especially for safety or refuge

take shelter

take sanctuary

take harbor

had one look at the bear and then took the nearest tree

could often take refuge from his humiliation in a sort of dignity — Elizabeth Bowen

take cover behind prejudices and theories — Roger Fry

d. : to enter upon or into in order to go along or through

wished he could take a paved road

every single plane … fit to take the air — Ira Wolfert

readying the boat to take the water


(1) : to proceed to occupy (as a place or position)

take a seat in the rear

took the nearest chair

took his place in the procession

was unwilling to take the center of the stage

always ready to take the spotlight

took the chair in the absence of the regular chairman

(2) : to use up (as space by filling or time by consuming)

take enough time to be sure

doesn't take much room

took a long time to dry out

(3) : need , require

takes a size nine shoe

job took more attention than he could give

took two men to keep the tub filled — H.A.Chippendale

a good long letter ( took two postage stamps) — Walt Whitman

took the baroque age to invent, and to respect, the … periwig — Gilbert Highet

getting to the right place at the right time … takes a bit of doing — Nevil Shute


a. : to obtain by deriving from a source : draw

takes its title from the name of the hero

family probably took its name from the place where it lived

took his design from natural rock formations

takes his good looks from his mother

took his text from the Old Testament

took his subject from his own experience


(1) : to extract and use over again (as for quoting or adapting) : borrow

took his plot from an old folk tale

retorted with a line taken verbatim from Shakespeare

our habit of taking words from other languages — Thomas Pyles

(2) : to obtain from a natural source

coal used is imported … while the limestone is taken from the company's own quarries — N.R.Heiden


(1) : to obtain as the result of a special procedure (as of observation, examination, or inquiry) : ascertain

take the temperature

take the dimensions of a room

tailor took his measurements

take a census

took the opinion of the group

also : to carry out (a procedure yielding such a result) : conduct

take an observation of the sun

take a test of its efficiency

take a poll

take a vote

(2) : to get in writing : write down

take notes

take the attendance

take minutes of a meeting

take an inventory

take a copy of a will

— often used with down

take down a speech in shorthand

took down the principal points

sent for a stenographer to take down his confession

(3) : to get by drawing or painting or especially by photography : make or execute a picture of : represent or portray in any artistic form ; especially : to make a photograph of : photograph

likes to take pictures

take a snapshot

took the children in their party clothes

(4) : to get by transference from one surface to another (as by means of ink)

take a proof

take a person's fingerprints

take rubbings of ancient brasses

worked out a way of taking the carved impression from the stone — Roger Burlingame

12. : to receive or accept whether willingly or reluctantly (as something given, offered, proposed, or administered)

wouldn't take my hand when I offered it

taught her not to take candy from strangers

took the present but didn't seem pleased with it

wouldn't take no for an answer

take a bribe

take a bet

was told to take it or leave it

shipped it through the Canal and I took delivery on it here this afternoon — Robert Carson


a. : to receive when bestowed or tendered (as an office, an honor, a degree, a prize)

was on hand to take an honorary doctorate

has been trained to take salutes on state occasions — Star Weekly


(1) : to submit to : endure , undergo

took his punishment like a man

take a blow without flinching

is taking treatments

physician told him he ought to stay for six months and take the cure — College English

the mauling his corps took in the peach orchard — R.M.Lovett

seeing men die and taking three wounds in his own body — Dixon Wecter

: put up with

don't have to take anything from him, or to stand his bad manners — Willa Cather

after taking twenty years of living in these cramped quarters — Henry Hewes

— often used with it

for people who can take it like pioneers, here is a new frontier — W.P.Webb

she deserved the accolade of the modern generation — she could take it — New Republic

(2) : to undergo without yielding : resist successfully : withstand

takes hard usage

specifications may require the glass … to take an impact blow of 6 to 9 ft. lbs. — E.B.Shand

takes extremes of weather beautifully


(1) : to accept as true : believe

had to take his word for it

you can take it from me that he is not here

(2) : to accept for guidance : follow

take a warning

take a hint

take a suggestion

please take my advice

(3) : to accept with the mind in a specified way

take a situation calmly

took the joke in earnest

took it ill of them

would take it kindly if we could answer at once

(4) : to accept without objection or opposition

take things as they come

ready to take the consequences of his act

take the bad along with the good

d. : to indulge in and enjoy

was taking his ease on the porch

hoped to be able to take a brief vacation

took a five-minute break for coffee

time to take a rest

e. : to receive or accept as a return (as in payment, compensation, or reparation)

agreed to take a thousand dollars in complete settlement of the claim

wouldn't take less than a hundred a week

wants more but would probably take less


(1) obsolete : to exact (as a promise or an oath) of another

(2) : to accept the tender of (as a promise or an oath)

(3) : to accept (as an oath, an affidavit, or a deposition) in a legal capacity (as by administering or witnessing)

g. : to admit (a male animal) in copulation : be covered by

h. : to respond to (bait or a lure) by seizing

bonefish will take a fly during a strong wind — R.R.Camp

taking feathered lures and spinning stuff — Sports Illustrated

i. : to accept a bet offered by

ready to take all comers

j. : to deliberately make no attempt to hit (a pitched ball)

manager signaled him to take the next pitch



(1) : to permit to enter : let in : admit

liable to take a great deal of water over the bow in bad weather — D.W.Pye

seams had opened and the boat was taking water fast

(2) : to have room for : accommodate

shelf just takes the books

harbor is so badly silted it can take only small craft — Christopher Rand

suitcase wouldn't take another thing

runway … long enough to take any of the biggest airliners of tomorrow — A.J.Cathrein

largest canals take barges of more than a thousand tons — Alice Mutton

b. : to be affected injuriously by (as a disease) : catch , contract

take cold

took the measles

one of the sorrels took colic and died — J.F.Dobie

their liability to take the blight — H.E.Laffer

: be seized by

take a fit

take fright

c. : to absorb or become impregnated with (as dye) : be affected by (as polish)

cloth that takes dye well

surface will not take paint

granite takes a high polish

won't take a shine, no matter how long you wear it — Clarence Woodbury

d. : to receive into itself:

(1) obsolete : contain , include

(2) Scotland : to close in upon and submerge

giantess who was so big the Sound of Mull took her only knee-deep — Alastair Borthwick



(1) : to receive into the mind : apprehend , comprehend , understand

his hearers were slow to take his meaning

object of the writer will be … to make the reader take his meaning readily and precisely — Ernest Gowers

event was so unusual and unexpected that we did not know how to take it — R.M.Lovett

take a remark as it was intended

(2) : to apprehend the meaning of (a person)

if I take you correctly

in the other scenes we have no difficulty in taking him as we are meant to take him — F.R.Leavis

b. : to regard or look upon : consider , suppose

we take this to be your final offer

take it as settled

I take it that you approve

hoped he would not be taken as absolutely committed

does not wish people to take his fictions as novels — Carlos Lynes

the type taken as normal in English political writing — D.W.Brogan

canon law may be taken to include theology — H.O.Taylor

do not take me as urging that it ought to be done — F.S.Mitchell

c. : to accept, consider, or reckon as being or as equal to

taking a stride at the usual 30 inches

reports by … untrained observers are all taken at a hundred percent of their face value — M.R.Cohen

d. : to feel or begin to feel or experience (as a state of mind)

take pleasure

took delight in perversity — G.W.Brace

took an immediate dislike to the newcomer

saw no reason to take offense

take a little reasonable umbrage — C.E.Montague

takes satisfaction in inertly orthodox generalities — F.R.Leavis

took pride in his work

nurse their griefs … seem, in fact, almost to take a delight in brooding over them — H.A.Overstreet


(1) : to form and adopt in the mind or with the will

take a resolution

take a grave view of a situation

was here that the real decisions on policy were taken — J.H.Plumb

whenever he took a notion he wanted something, he bought it — Margaret Cousins

taking harsh judgments of his contemporaries — S.L.A.Marshall

(2) : to form with the mind or will and exercise or display in action

takes pity on all suffering creatures

had taken no further heed of her existence — W.J.Locke


a. : to convey, lead, carry, remove, or cause to go along to another place, the direction of movement being away from the place from which the action is regarded: as

(1) : to cause (as a person) to go along with one to a place

take the baby to the park

took his girl to the prom

promised to take the whole family to dinner

this bus will take you into town

also : lead

this line takes us directly to the city

fine road takes you through the forest — Tom Marvel

to climb it would take us in the wrong direction — D.L.Busk

(2) : to bear with one to a place or person

take your father's slippers to him

take the dishes to the kitchen

took a plentiful lunch with them but brought most of it back

(3) : to require or induce to go

business took him west

an appointment that took him into town

neighbor whose employment takes him on periodic trips across the country — Sidney Alexander

b. : to lead, convey, or remove in thought or mind

seeking interests that would take him out of himself

journey took his mind away from his troubles

c. : to convey to a higher or lower degree

last-minute touchdown took the score to 57

heavy selling in the afternoon took the list lower

d. archaic : to give (oneself) up or over : betake , commit , devote


a. : to remove or obtain by removing : abstract

take eggs from a nest

take the cream off the milk

you can take a cork out of one of those bottles


(1) : to put an end to (as life or one's life)

the right of the state to take human life

took his own life in a fit of despondency

(2) : to remove by death : deprive of life : cause to die

was taken in his prime

those who have been taken hence

a mother whose only child had recently been taken

a cruel fate took him from us


(1) : deduct , subtract

take two from four

took ten percent off the bill for cash

celebrates his fiftieth birthday, give or take a few months, with this selection — Carlos Baker

(2) : to carry away : withdraw

never took his eyes from hers

gave him kicks that took the laugh off his face — Claud Cockburn

17. : to undertake and make (as a movement) or do or perform (as an act or an action)

take a walk

take a look

take aim

take a trip

take a turn around the block

take two steps forward

stopped two or three times to take a sounding — Nevil Shute

able to take such action by air, naval, or land forces as may be necessary — Vera M. Dean


a. : to direct and make a specified motion (as a blow)

took a swing at a policeman

tested the pillow by taking a poke at it

b. : to set in motion (as a lawsuit) : institute

take proceedings

take legal action

c. : to put or set forth : raise

take an objection

be fired … if an important reader or advertiser took exception to something he said — Phoenix Flame

might take exception to his representative having a meal with casteless persons — Dillon Ripley

d. : bid , say

take adieu

take a last farewell

18. archaic : to assume or resume (as a discourse) at a point of leaving off


a. : to apply oneself to and treat or deal with

take first things first

doctor was sure he had taken the disease in time

take the problems one by one

next let us take the Peloponnesian War

if he be summoned to court, his case is taken in a language he does not understand — Stuart Cloete


(1) : to deal with, consider, or view in a particular relation

taken together, the details were quite significant

taking one thing with another, decided they had not done badly

(2) : to consider as an instance

to illustrate, take ancient Greece

c. : to apply oneself to the study of or the acquisition of skill in

take fancy dancing

take music lessons

specifically : to study (as a subject or course) at an educational institution

took English 21 last year

is taking both French and German

20. : to apply oneself to getting through or past or to surmounting (as a hedge or a hurdle) : succeed in clearing (as a difficulty or an obstacle)

take two stairs at a time

took the corner on two wheels

was taking fences at the age of six

took the puddle in an easy leap

took an exit at three times the posted limit — Hugh Sherwood

sort of hill which any car can take with ease — F.G.Kay

21. : to impose upon : cheat , swindle

how can the amateur collector be sure he isn't being taken — New Orleans (La.) Times-Picayune

taken for over a hundred thousand dollars on shakedowns alone — F.B.Gipson

girl who would take me for a lot of money — Merle Miller

I. ˈtāk intransitive verb

1. : to obtain possession: as

a. : capture

the queen in chess takes at any distance in a straight line

the symbol x, read “ takes ”, indicates a capture — New Complete Hoyle

b. : to receive property under law as one's own : receive the title to property

he takes as heir

was entitled, as a society with a lawful object, to take under a charitable bequest — Eduard Jenks

c. of a fish : to seize a lure or bait : rise to bait : bite

salmon took that morning, though halfheartedly — B.A.Williams

will take in clear water

tench, who stop taking soon after breakfast — T.H.White b. 1906

2. : to lay hold : catch , engage , hold

high-velocity harpoon is fired. If this strikes and takes, an explosive charge goes off inside the animal's rib cage — I.T.Sanderson


a. : to establish a take especially by uniting or growing — used of living things (as plant or surgical grafts)

with an experienced surgeon some 90 percent of the grafts take — Lancet

b. : strike 17a



(1) : to betake oneself : strike out : set out : go , proceed

take after a purse snatcher

take down the street and around the corner

take across a field

take over the hill

(2) chiefly dialect : to take its course or run or lead (as of a road or river)

road turns here and takes over the hill

b. chiefly dialect — used as an intensifier or often simply redundantly with a following verb

took and swung at the ball but missed

took and grabbed his hat and ran

took and cried everytime anybody looked at her

— compare go


a. : to have the natural or intended effect or action : take effect : act , operate

an expensive lesson in caution; it could only be hoped that it would take


(1) : to catch hold : get hold

wick was dry and the sparks didn't take

(2) of a plan : to work out or turn out successfully : succeed

fanciful schemes without a chance of taking

where retirements are often announced but seldom take — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

(3) of a vaccine or vaccination : to produce a take

b. : to show the natural or intended effect (as of fire or cold) : become affected (as by adherence or absorption) in the expected or desired way

dry fuel takes readily

had never taken after his first vaccination

6. : charm , captivate :

a. : to exert a spell

no planets strike, no fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm — Shakespeare

b. : to prove taking or attractive : gain a favorable reception : win popular favor

the play took greatly and was still drawing big audiences — W.A.Darlington

book had not yet taken with the general reader

7. : detract — used with from

a few minor irritations that took only slightly from their general satisfaction

8. : to be or admit of being affected: as

a. : to be seized or attacked in a specified way : become , fall

died suddenly in 1820, taking ill on his way home — Isobel Hutchison

took sick

took pretty surly — Punch

b. : to be capable of being moved in a specified way : come

top takes off

toy clock with varicolored plastic works that take apart for reassembly by the child

table takes apart for packing

gadget takes to pieces for cleaning

c. : to adhere or become absorbed

ink that takes well on cloth

d. : to admit of being photographed

colors that take well

takes best highlighted against a dark background


seize , grasp , clutch , snatch , grab : take is a general term without very specific connotation and applicable to the notion of coming to hold or possess, momentarily or longer, by physical action of the hand or in any other way

take the book from the shelf

a city taken by the enemy

take a cottage for the summer

seize suggests sudden and forcible taking, often the taking or apprehending of something elusive or difficult by quick, opportune action

they seize all the cattle and other property left behind by the fugitives in their haste — J.G.Frazer

the Breton seized more than he could hold; the Norman took less than he would have liked — Henry Adams

the character … is difficult to seize, for it comprised qualities hardly ever combined in one man — Hilaire Belloc

grasp implies a firm quick laying hold and tightening fingers around, a taking or seizing likened to such an action, or a similar effective comprehension

she grasped him by the arm, driving her fingers deep into the flesh — R.P.Warren

determined to grasp all they could for Pennsylvania, Colonial officials tricked the Indians — American Guide Series: Pennsylvania

understood the words I heard, but couldn't seem to grasp their meaning — Kenneth Roberts

clutch may suggest increased suddenness, force, or firmness in taking hold, apprehending, or attempting to take hold

with an agonized cry, she clutches his shoulders and drags herself to her feet — G.B.Shaw

straws were straws, and the frailer they were the harder she clutched them — George Meredith

flung himself forward with the others, desperately clutching at the precious escaping fish — A.J.Cronin

snatch stresses suddenness of motion without indicating a forceful retention and may suggest stealthy or ready promptness in action

many too are killed by their stronger companions in their desperate attempts to snatch their share of food — James Stevenson-Hamilton

tried to keep hold of the plate which the school teacher tried to snatch away and for a few minutes they struggled laughing — Sherwood Anderson

grab typically suggests rude rough forceful action, often in indifference to or violation of the rights of others

could apparently grab Silesia by force of arms — Stringfellow Barr

the more adventurous hastened to California with a pocketful of paper to grab rich mineral and timber lands — American Guide Series: Minnesota

Synonym: see in addition attract , receive .

- take a bow

- take account of

- take a chance

- take a dare

- take a dive

- take advantage of

- take after

- take against

- take a joke

- take alarm

- take amiss

- take apart

- take a powder

- take a reef

- take arms

- take breath

- take care

- take care of

- take charge

- take counsel

- take croquet

- take effect

- take example

- take fire

- take five

- take for

- take from the table

- take guard

- take heart

- take hold

- take into account

- take into camp

- take into one's head

- take in vain

- take issue

- take it in snuff

- take it on the chin

- take it or leave it

- take it out of

- take kindly to

- take lying down

- take notice

- take notice of

- take oath

- take one at one's word

- take one's death

- take one's life in one's hands

- take one's medicine

- take one's time

- take order

- take orders

- take or leave

- take part

- take place

- take possession

- take root

- take shape

- take silk

- take stage

- take the bull by the horns

- take the cake

- take the count

- take the cross

- take the field

- take the floor

- take the road

- take the rue

- take the wind out of one's sails

- take the word

- take the words out of one's mouth

- take time by the forelock

- take to

- take to one's heels

- take to task

- take wake

- take water

- take with

II. ˈtāk noun

( -s )

1. : an act or the action of taking (as by seizing, accepting, or otherwise coming into possession): as

a. : an act or the action of killing, capturing, or catching (as game or fish)

the hunting take and other causes of mortality to pheasant eggs — Sports Illustrated

b. chiefly Britain : the action of leasing land (as for farming or mining)

c. : an action of accepting something (as by way of compromise) — compare give-and-take


(1) : the capture of a chessman

(2) : a position in which capture can be made — used with on

White has left his queen on take


(1) : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a single scene or part of a scene

(2) : the making of a sound recording

session opened with the second take of the first part of the concerto — Murray Schumach

2. : something that is taken:

a. : the amount of money received (as from a business venture, a sale, an admission charge, an enforced contribution): as

(1) : the sum total taken in especially from particular sources

was fixing to increase the state's take on mutuel betting — J.G.Forrest

the farmer's take last year

the tax take

take has lagged behind the increased outgo — Harlow Shapley

a box-office take which yearly declined — Kaspar Monahan

the 1956 take from tourism — Newsweek

crowds became larger, and the take greater — Carey McWilliams

(2) : a percentage of total receipts deducted or reserved (as the amount of a racing bet deducted by the state and the track owners) : cut

gambling take helps pay for the state's roads — Jack Goodman

2.17 percent, the syndicate's net take on the issue — John Brooks

(3) : a criminal's haul

b. : the number or quantity (as of animals, fish, or pelts) taken at one time : catch , haul

a catch of four cows and an oil take of more than a hundred barrels — H.A.Chippendale

yearly take of cottontail rabbits … runs into the millions — American Guide Series: Michigan


(1) chiefly Britain : a piece of land taken by lease : holding

(2) : oil taken or bought from a lease


(1) : an installment of copy given to a compositor for typesetting ; especially : a section of a running newspaper or wire service story sent to the pressroom in sections

(2) : the type set from such copy


(1) : a passage to be taken down or an amount taken down at one time (as in shorthand) or transcribed (as on a typewriter)

the high-speed takes in this course have been taken from the Congressional Record — C.I.Blanchard & C.E.Zoubek

(2) : a section or installment (as of an article, a speech) arbitrarily chosen (as for convenience in reading, recording, translation)

prepared speech, translated in short takes — W.V.Shannon

an informal anthology in short takes — William Miller

might be wisest to read them in short takes — New Yorker


(1) : a scene or part of a scene filmed or televised at one time without stopping the camera and with or without a sound recording

usually a cutter receives hundreds of takes of scenes — Andrew Buchanan

also : the photography of a scene sequence identified by photographing a scene number on a take board

(2) : a sound recording made during a single recording period usually seven or eight minutes in length

hundreds of feet of tape contain dozens of takes — New York Times

often : a trial recording


a. : something that takes effect: as

(1) obsolete : a magic spell

(2) : taking quality : charm

b. : something (as a play or song) that becomes popular

4. : an action or a result of taking effect:

a. : reaction of vaccinia indicating successful introduction of virus into the skin and its multiplication

should be vaccinated again and again, if necessary, until there is a take — Benjamin Spock

b. : a successful union (as of a graft)

skin grafting … resulted in a complete take — Science News Letter

5. : an act or the action of taking something in mentally (as by a show of understanding) : reaction , response

gave my name to the uniformed maid — whose take , as I announced myself, was something to behold — Polly Adler

the lovable baby with the big feet and the slow take — Robert Hatch

no stage gasp or actor's take — Otis Ferguson

would strike the committee, in a giant delayed take — Russell Maloney

— compare double take

- on the take

IV. verb

or take a walk

- take a bath

- take a hike

- take a position

- take no prisoners

- take the mickey

- take the mickey out of

V. noun

: a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

was asked for her take on recent developments

also : a distinct treatment or variation

a new take on an old style

- on the take

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.