What is the meaning of take?


  • The income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property.
    • usage: "the average return was about 5"
  • The act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption.


  • Carry out.
    • usage: "take action"; "take steps"; "take vengeance"
  • Require (time or space. )
    • usage: "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
  • Take somebody somewhere.
    • usage: "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  • Get into one's hands, take physically.
    • usage: "Take a cookie"; "Can you take this bag, please"
  • Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect.
    • usage: "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
  • Interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression.
    • usage: "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message"; "You can't take credit for this"
  • Take something or somebody with oneself somewhere.
    • usage: "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"
  • Take into one's possession.
    • usage: "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
  • Travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route.
    • usage: "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
  • Pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives.
    • usage: "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"
  • Receive willingly something given or offered.
    • usage: "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house"; "Please accept my present"
  • Assume, as of positions or roles.
    • usage: "She took the job as director of development"; "he occupies the position of manager"; "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"
  • Take into consideration for exemplifying purposes.
    • usage: "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
  • Require as useful, just, or proper.
    • usage: "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 postulate a patient's consent"
  • Experience or feel or submit to.
    • usage: "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"
  • Make a film or photograph of something.
    • usage: "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"
  • Remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.
    • usage: "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
  • Serve oneself to, or consume regularly.
    • usage: "Have another bowl of chicken soup"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
  • Accept or undergo, often unwillingly.
    • usage: "We took a pay cut"
  • Make use of or accept for some purpose.
    • usage: "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"
  • Take by force.
    • usage: "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
  • Occupy or take on.
    • usage: "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
  • Admit into a group or community.
    • usage: "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
  • Ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial.
    • usage: "take a pulse"; "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
  • Be a student of a certain subject.
    • usage: "She is reading for the bar exam"
  • Take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs.
    • usage: "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"
  • Head into a specified direction.
    • usage: "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains"
  • Point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.
    • usage: "Please don't aim at your little brother"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
  • Be seized or affected in a specified way.
    • usage: "take sick"; "be taken drunk"
  • Have with oneself; have on one's person.
    • usage: "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"
  • Engage for service under a term of contract.
    • usage: "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome"
  • Receive or obtain regularly.
    • usage: "We take the Times every day"
  • Buy, select.
    • usage: "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
  • To get into a position of having, e. G., safety, comfort.
    • usage: "take shelter from the storm"
  • Have sex with; archaic use.
    • usage: "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
  • Lay claim to; as of an idea.
    • usage: "She took credit for the whole idea"
  • Be designed to hold or take.
    • usage: "This surface will not take the dye"
  • Be capable of holding or containing.
    • usage: "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
  • Develop a habit.
    • usage: "He took to visiting bars"
  • Proceed along in a vehicle.
    • usage: "We drive the turnpike to work"
  • Obtain by winning.
    • usage: "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"
  • Be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness.
    • usage: "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"
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APAWordNet. (2010). take. Retrieved May 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/take/definitions/1192625
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