Definition of Take

  • (p. p.) Taken.
  • (v. t.) In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to convey.
  • (v. t.) To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make prisoner; as, to take am army, a city, or a ship; also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack; to seize; -- said of a disease, misfortune, or the like.
  • (v. t.) To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
  • (v. t.) To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
  • (v. t.) To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat.
  • (v. t.) To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take picture of a person.
  • (v. t.) To draw; to deduce; to derive.
  • (v. t.) To assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to; to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest, revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a resolution; -- used in general senses, limited by a following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as, to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say.
  • (v. t.) To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
  • (v. t.) To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery.
  • (v. t.) To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; -- with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
  • (v. t.) In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
  • (v. t.) To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.
  • (v. t.) To receive as something to be eaten or dronk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
  • (v. t.) Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
  • (v. t.) To bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to; to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will take an affront from no man.
  • (v. t.) To admit, as, something presented to the mind; not to dispute; to allow; to accept; to receive in thought; to entertain in opinion; to understand; to interpret; to regard or look upon; to consider; to suppose; as, to take a thing for granted; this I take to be man's motive; to take men for spies.
  • (v. t.) To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept; to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with; -- used in general senses; as, to take a form or shape.
  • (v. i.) To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take.
  • (v. i.) To please; to gain reception; to succeed.
  • (v. i.) To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; -- usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge.
  • (v. i.) To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.
  • (n.) That which is taken; especially, the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch.
  • (n.) The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.

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