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see synonyms of take


1. issue, payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield

the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

Example Sentences:
'the average return was about 5%'

2. take

the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption


3. take

carry out

Example Sentences:
'take action'
'take steps'
'take vengeance'

4. occupy, take, use up

require (time or space)

Example Sentences:
'It took three hours to get to work this morning'
'This event occupied a very short time'

5. conduct, direct, guide, lead, take

take somebody somewhere

Example Sentences:
'We lead him to our chief'
'can you take me to the main entrance?'
'He conducted us to the palace'

6. get hold of, take

get into one's hands, take physically

Example Sentences:
'Take a cookie!'
'Can you take this bag, please'

7. acquire, adopt, assume, take, take on

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Example Sentences:
'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'

8. read, take

interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression

Example Sentences:
'I read this address as a satire'
'How should I take this message?'
'You can't take credit for this!'

9. bring, convey, take

take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

Example Sentences:
'Bring me the box from the other room'
'Take these letters to the boss'
'This brings me to the main point'

10. take

take into one's possession

Example Sentences:
'We are taking an orphan from Romania'
'I'll take three salmon steaks'

11. take

travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route

Example Sentences:
'He takes the bus to work'
'She takes Route 1 to Newark'

12. choose, pick out, select, take

pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

Example Sentences:
'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'

13. accept, have, take

receive willingly something given or offered

Example Sentences:
'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'

14. fill, occupy, take

assume, as of positions or roles

Example Sentences:
'She took the job as director of development'
'he occupies the position of manager'
'the young prince will soon occupy the throne'

15. consider, deal, look at, take

take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

Example Sentences:
'Take the case of China'
'Consider the following case'

16. ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

require as useful, just, or proper

Example Sentences:
'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'

17. take

experience or feel or submit to

Example Sentences:
'Take a test'
'Take the plunge'

18. film, shoot, take

make a film or photograph of something

Example Sentences:
'take a scene'
'shoot a movie'

19. remove, take, take away, withdraw

remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Example Sentences:
'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'

20. consume, have, ingest, take, take in

serve oneself to, or consume regularly

Example Sentences:
'Have another bowl of chicken soup!'
'I don't take sugar in my coffee'

21. submit, take

accept or undergo, often unwillingly

Example Sentences:
'We took a pay cut'

22. accept, take

make use of or accept for some purpose

Example Sentences:
'take a risk'
'take an opportunity'

23. take

take by force

Example Sentences:
'Hitler took the Baltic Republics'
'The army took the fort on the hill'

24. assume, strike, take, take up

occupy or take on

Example Sentences:
'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'

25. accept, admit, take, take on

admit into a group or community

Example Sentences:
'accept students for graduate study'
'We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member'

26. take

ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial

Example Sentences:
'take a pulse'
'A reading was taken of the earth's tremors'

27. learn, read, study, take

be a student of a certain subject

Example Sentences:
'She is reading for the bar exam'

28. claim, exact, take

take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

Example Sentences:
'the accident claimed three lives'
'The hard work took its toll on her'

29. make, take

head into a specified direction

Example Sentences:
'The escaped convict took to the hills'
'We made for the mountains'

30. aim, direct, take, take aim, train

point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

Example Sentences:
'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'

31. take

be seized or affected in a specified way

Example Sentences:
'take sick'
'be taken drunk'

32. carry, pack, take

have with oneself; have on one's person

Example Sentences:
'She always takes an umbrella'
'I always carry money'
'She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains'

33. charter, engage, hire, lease, rent, take

engage for service under a term of contract

Example Sentences:
'We took an apartment on a quiet street'
'Let's rent a car'
'Shall we take a guide in Rome?'

34. subscribe, subscribe to, take

receive or obtain regularly

Example Sentences:
'We take the Times every day'

35. take

buy, select

Example Sentences:
'I'll take a pound of that sausage'

36. take

to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort

Example Sentences:
'take shelter from the storm'

37. have, take

have sex with; archaic use

Example Sentences:
'He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable'

38. claim, take

lay claim to; as of an idea

Example Sentences:
'She took credit for the whole idea'

39. accept, take

be designed to hold or take

Example Sentences:
'This surface will not take the dye'

40. contain, hold, take

be capable of holding or containing

Example Sentences:
'This box won't take all the items'
'The flask holds one gallon'

41. take

develop a habit

Example Sentences:
'He took to visiting bars'

42. drive, take

proceed along in a vehicle

Example Sentences:
'We drive the turnpike to work'

43. take

obtain by winning

Example Sentences:
'Winner takes all'
'He took first prize'

44. contract, get, take

be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

Example Sentences:
'He got AIDS'
'She came down with pneumonia'
'She took a chill'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of take
verbWord forms: takes, taking, took or taken (mainly tr)
1. (also intr)
to gain possession of (something) by force or effort
to appropriate or steal
to take other people's belongings
to receive or accept into a relationship with oneself
to take a wife
to pay for or buy
to rent or lease
to take a flat in town
to receive or obtain by regular payment
we take a newspaper every day
to obtain by competing for; win
to take first prize
to obtain or derive from a source
he took his good manners from his older brother
to assume the obligations of
to take office
to endure, esp with fortitude
to take punishment
to adopt as a symbol of duty, obligation, etc
to take the veil
to receive or react to in a specified way
she took the news very well
to adopt as one's own
to take someone's part in a quarrel
to receive and make use of
to take advice
to receive into the body, as by eating, inhaling, etc
to take a breath
to eat, drink, etc, esp habitually
to take sugar in one's tea
to have or be engaged in for one's benefit or use
to take a rest
to work at or study
to take economics at college
to make, do, or perform (an action)
to take a leap
to make use of
to take an opportunity
to put into effect; adopt
to take measures
22. (also intr)
to make a photograph of or admit of being photographed
to act or perform
she takes the part of the Queen
to write down or copy
to take notes
to experience or feel
to take pride in one's appearance
to take offence
to consider, believe, or regard
I take him to be honest
to consider or accept as valid
I take your point
to hold or maintain in the mind
his father took a dim view of his career
to deal or contend with
the tennis champion took her opponent's best strokes without difficulty
to use as a particular case
take hotels for example
31. (intransitive; often foll by from)
to diminish or detract
the actor's bad performance took from the effect of the play
to confront successfully
the horse took the jump at the third attempt
33. (intransitive)
to have or produce the intended effect; succeed
her vaccination took
the glue is taking well
34. (intransitive)
(of seeds, plants, etc) to start growing successfully
to aim or direct
he took a swipe at his opponent
to deal a blow to in a specified place
37. archaic
to have sexual intercourse with
to carry off or remove from a place
to carry along or have in one's possession
don't forget to take your umbrella
to convey or transport
the train will take us out of the city
to use as a means of transport
I shall take the bus
to conduct or lead
this road takes you to the station
to escort or accompany
may I take you out tonight?
to bring or deliver to a state, position, etc
his ability took him to the forefront in his field
to go to look for; seek
to take cover
to ascertain or determine by measuring, computing, etc
to take a pulse
take a reading from a dial
47. (intransitive)
(of a mechanism) to catch or engage (a part)
to put an end to; destroy
she took her own life
to come upon unexpectedly; discover
to contract
he took a chill
to affect or attack
the fever took him one night
52. (copula)
to become suddenly or be rendered (ill)
he took sick
he was taken sick
53. (also intr)
to absorb or become absorbed by something
to take a polish
54. (usually passive)
to charm or captivate
she was very taken with the puppy
55. (intransitive)
to be or become popular; win favour
to require or need
this job will take a lot of attention
that task will take all your time
to subtract or deduct
to take six from ten leaves four
to hold or contain
the suitcase won't take all your clothes
to quote or copy
he has taken several paragraphs from the book for his essay
to proceed to occupy
to take a seat
61. (often foll by to)
to use or employ
to take steps to ascertain the answer
to win or capture (a trick, counter, piece, etc)
63. (also intr)
to catch as prey or catch prey
64. slang
to cheat, deceive, or victimize
65.  take amiss
66.  take at one's word
67.  take care
68.  take care of
69.  take chances
70.  take five
71.  take heart
72.  take it
73.  take one's time
74.  take place
75.  take someone's name in vain
76.  take something upon oneself
the act of taking
the number of quarry killed or captured on one occasion
79. informal, mainly US
the amount of anything taken, esp money
80. cinema, music
one of a series of recordings from which the best will be selected for release
the process of taking one such recording
a scene or part of a scene photographed without interruption
81. informal
any objective indication of a successful vaccination, such as a local skin reaction
a successful skin graft
82. printing
a part of an article, story, etc, given to a compositor or keyboard operator for setting in type
83. informal
a try or attempt
84. informal
a version or interpretation
a new take on a classic dish
New Zealand
a topic or cause

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see synonyms of take
verb transitiveWord forms: took, ˈtaken, ˈtaking
1.  to get possession of by force or skill; seize, grasp, catch, capture, win, etc.
to get by conquering; capture; seize
to trap, snare, or catch (a bird, animal, or fish)
to win (a game, a trick at cards, etc.)
to capture (an opponent's piece in chess or checkers)
to get hold of; grasp or catch
to hit (a person) in or on some part
to affect; attack
taken with a fit
to catch in some act, esp. a moral fault
taken in adultery
to capture the fancy of; charm
2.  to get by action not involving force or skill; obtain, acquire, assume, etc.
to get into one's hand or hold; transfer to oneself
to eat, drink, swallow, etc. for nourishment or as medicine
to admit; let in
the bus takes 20 riders
to get benefit from by exposure to (the air, sun, etc.)
to enter into a special relationship with
to take a wife
to have sexual intercourse with
to buy
he took the first suit he tried on
to rent, lease, or pay for so as to occupy or use
to take a cottage
to get regularly by paying for
to take a daily newspaper
to assume as a responsibility, task, etc.
to take a job
to assume or adopt (a symbol of duty or office)
the president took the chair
to obligate oneself by
to take a vow
to join or associate oneself with (one party or side in a contest, disagreement, etc.)
to assume as if granted or due one
to take the blame, to take deductions
o.  Slang
to cheat; trick
p.  Grammar
to have or admit of according to usage, nature, etc.; be used with in construction
a transitive verb takes an object
3.  to get, adopt, use, etc. by selection or choice
to choose; select
to use or employ; resort to
to take a mop to the floor
to travel by
to take a bus
to set out on; follow
to take the old path
to go to (a place) for shelter, safety, etc.
to take cover
to deal with; consider
to take a matter seriously
to occupy
take a chair
to use up; consume
to take all day
to require; demand; need
often used impersonally
it takes money; to take a size ten
h.  US, Baseball
to allow (a pitched ball) to pass without swinging one's bat
4.  to get from a source
to derive, inherit, or draw (a name, quality, etc.) from something or someone specified
to extract, as for quotation; excerpt
to take a verse from the Bible
to obtain or ascertain by observation, query, or experiment
to take a poll, to take one's temperature
to study; specif., to be enrolled as a student in
to take an art course
to write down; copy
take notes
to make (a photograph, picture, etc.)
to draw, photograph, etc. a likeness of
take the scene in color
to make an impression of
take his fingerprints
5.  to get as offered or due; receive, accept, suffer, etc.
to win (a prize, reward, etc.)
to be the object of; undergo or endure
to take punishment
to occupy oneself in; enjoy
take a nap
to accept (something offered)
to take a bet, to take advice
to have a specified reaction to
to take a joke in earnest
to confront and get over, through, etc.
the horse took the jump
to be affected by (a disease, etc.)
to take cold
to absorb; become impregnated or treated with (a dye, polish, etc.)
6.  to receive mentally
to understand the remarks of (a person)
to comprehend the meaning of (words or remarks)
to understand or interpret in a specified way
to suppose; presume
he took her to be a teacher
to have or feel (an emotion or mental state)
take pity, take notice
to hold and act upon (an idea, point of view, etc.)
7.  to make or complete by action
to do; perform (an act)
to take a walk
to make or put forth (a resolution or objection) as the result of thought
c.  Informal
to aim and execute (a specified action) at an object
to take a jab at someone
8.  to move, remove, etc.
to be the way or means of going to (a place, condition, etc.); conduct; lead
the path takes you to the river
to escort or accompany
to take a friend to dinner
to carry or transport
to take a book with one
to remove from a person, thing, or place; specif., to steal
to remove by death; bring to an end
cancer takes many lives
to subtract
to take two from ten
to direct or move (oneself)
verb intransitive
to get possession
to hook or engage with another part
said of a mechanical device
to take root; begin growing
said of a plant
to lay hold; catch
the fire took rapidly
to gain public favor; be popular
to be effective in action, operation, desired result, etc.
the vaccination took; the dye takes well
to remove a part; detract (from)
nothing took from the scene's beauty
to be made or adapted to be taken (up, down, apart, etc.)
17.  Informal, Dialectal
to become (ill or sick)
18.  Informal
to be photographed in a specified way
she takes well in profile
19.  Law
to take possession of property
the act or process of taking
something that has been taken
the amount or quantity of something taken
the day's take of fish
b.  Slang
money received; receipts or profit
a vaccination that takes
24.  Cinema
an uninterrupted shot photographed by a camera
the process of photographing such a shot
any of a series of recordings or tapes of a performance, from which one will be made for release to the public
the process of so recording
26.  Informal
opinion; evaluation; assessment
followed by on
what's your take on the new tax?
27.  Printing
the amount of copy sent to the compositor at one time

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of take
v. took (tk), tak·en (tākən), tak·ing, takes
1. To get into one's hands, control, or possession, especially:
a. To grasp or grip: take your partner's hand.
b. To capture physically; seize: take an enemy fortress.
c. To seize with authority or legal right: The town took the land by eminent domain.
d. To get possession of (fish or game, for example) by capturing or killing.
e. Sports To catch or receive (a ball or puck): The player took the pass on the fly.
f. Sports & Games To acquire in a game or competition; win: took the crown in horse racing.
g. Sports & Games To defeat: Our team took the visitors three to one.
h. To engage in sex with.
2. To remove or cause to be absent, especially:
a. To remove with the hands or an instrument: I took the dishes from the sink. The dentist took two molars.
b. To cause to die; kill or destroy: The blight took these tomatoes.
c. To subtract: If you take 10 from 30, you get 20.
d. To exact: The storm took its toll.
3. To affect in a strong or sudden manner as if by capturing, as:
a. To deal a blow to; strike or hit: The boxer took his opponent a sharp jab to the ribs.
b. To delight or captivate: She was taken by the puppy.
c. To catch or affect with a particular action: Your remark took me by surprise.
a. To carry in one's possession: Don't forget to take your umbrella. See Usage Note at bring.
b. To convey by transportation: This bus will take you to Dallas.
c. To lead or cause to go along to another place: The guide took us to the waterfall.
d. To be as a path or course for; provide a way for: The trail takes you to the lake.
5. To receive into or on the body, as:
a. To put (food or drink, for example) into the body; eat or drink: took a little soup for dinner.
b. To draw in; inhale: took a deep breath.
c. To expose one's body to (healthful or pleasurable treatment, for example): take the sun; take the waters at a spa.
6. To make use of or select for use, as:
a. To move into or assume occupancy of: She took a seat by the fireplace. The team took the field.
b. To choose for one's own use; avail oneself of the use of: We took a room in the cheaper hotel.
c. To require the use of (something): It takes money to live in this town. This camera takes 35-millimeter film.
d. To use or require (time): It only takes a few minutes to wash the car.
e. To use (something) as a means of conveyance or transportation: take a train to Pittsburgh.
f. To use (something) as a means of safety or refuge: take shelter from the storm.
g. 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.
a. To undertake, make, or perform: take a walk; take a decision.
b. To perceive or become aware of by one of the senses: took a quick look at the sky; took a smell of the spices.
c. To commit and apply oneself to the study of: take art lessons; take Spanish.
d. To study for with success: took a degree in law.
8. To accept, receive, or assume, as:
a. To accept (something owed, offered, or given) either reluctantly or willingly: take a bribe.
b. To allow to come in; give access or admission to; admit: The boat took a lot of water but remained afloat.
c. To provide room for; accommodate: We can't take more than 100 guests.
d. To become saturated or impregnated with (dye, for example).
e. To submit to (something inflicted); undergo or suffer: didn't take his punishment well.
f. To put up with; endure or tolerate: I've had about all I can take from them.
g. 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.
h. To assume for oneself: take all the credit.
i. To agree to undertake or engage in (a task or duty, for example): She took the position of chair of the committee.
j. Baseball To refrain from swinging at (a pitched ball).
k. To be affected with; catch: The child took the flu.
l. To be hit or penetrated by: took a lot of punches; took a bullet in the leg.
m. To withstand: The dam took the heavy flood waters.
n. To require or have as a fitting or proper accompaniment: Transitive verbs take a direct object.
a. To accept as true; believe: I'll take your word that he's telling the truth.
b. To impose upon oneself; subject oneself to: take a vow.
c. To follow or adhere to (advice or a suggestion, for example).
d. To accept or adopt as one's own: take a stand on an issue; take an interest in local history.
e. 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.
f. To understand or interpret: May I take your smile as an indication of approval?
g. To consider to be equal to; reckon: We take their number at 1,000.
h. To perceive or feel; experience: I took a dislike to my neighbor's intrusions.
a. To obtain from a source; derive or draw: This book takes its title from the Bible.
b. To obtain, as through measurement or a specified procedure: took the patient's temperature.
c. To write or make a record of, especially in shorthand or cursive writing: take a letter; take notes.
d. To create (an image, likeness, or representation), as by photography: took a picture of us.
e. To include or distribute (a charge) in a financial record.
11. Informal To swindle, defraud, or cheat: You've really been taken.
a. To get something into one's possession; acquire possession: The invaders took and took, until they had everything.
b. To accept or receive something: When it comes to advice, you take but you never give.
a. To have the intended effect; operate or work: The skin graft took.
b. To start growing; root or germinate: Have the seeds taken?
c. To engage or mesh; catch, as gears or other mechanical parts.
d. To gain popularity or favor: The television series never took and was later canceled.
e. Regional To begin or engage in an activity: He took and threw the money in the river.
3. To become: He took sick.
a. 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.
b. The number of fish, game birds, or other animals killed or captured at one time.
a. A scene filmed without interrupting the run of the camera.
b. A recording made in a single session.
3. A performer's reaction, especially to a specific situation or remark, as part of a comedy routine. Often used in combination: a double-take.
a. A physical reaction, such as a rash, indicating a successful vaccination.
b. A successful graft.
a. An attempt or a try: He got the answer on the third take.
b. An interpretation or assessment, as of an event: The mayor was asked for her take on the judge's decision.

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