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take verb
1. (act) carry out
  • "take action"
  • "take steps"
  • "take vengeance"
2. (use) require (time or space)
Related: occupy, use_up
  • "It took three hours to get to work this morning"
  • "This event occupied a very short time"
3. (take_in) get into one's hands, take physically
Related: get_hold_of
  • "Take a cookie!"
  • "Can you take this bag, please"
4. (interpret) interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
Related: read
  • "I read this address as a satire"
  • "How should I take this message?"
5. take into one's possession
Antonyms: give
  • "We are taking an orphan from Romania"
  • "I'll take three salmon steaks"
6. (use) travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
  • "He takes the bus to work"
  • "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
7. (experience) experience or feel or submit to
  • "Take a test"
  • "Take the plunge"
8. (undergo) accept or undergo, often unwillingly
Related: submit
  • "We took a pay cut"
9. make use of or accept for some purpose
Related: accept
  • "take a risk"
  • "take an opportunity"
10. take by force
  • "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"
  • "The army took the fort on the hill"
11. (receive) ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
  • "take a pulse"
  • "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
12. (head) head into a specified direction
Related: make
  • "The escaped convict took to the hills"
  • "We made for the mountains"
13. (become) be seized or affected in a specified way
  • "take sick"
  • "be taken drunk"
14. (buy) buy, select
  • "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
15. to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort
  • "take shelter from the storm"
16. (sleep_together) have sex with; archaic use
Related: have
  • "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
17. develop a habit
  • "He took to visiting bars"
18. (win) obtain by winning
  • "Winner takes all"
  • "He took first prize"
take noun
1. (filming) the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
bring verb
1. (transport) take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
Related: convey, take
  • "Bring me the box from the other room"
  • "Take these letters to the boss"
  • "This brings me to the main point"
return noun
1. (income) the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
Related: issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoff
  • "the average return was about 5%"
carry verb
1. (have) have with oneself; have on one's person
Related: pack, take
  • "She always takes an umbrella"
  • "I always carry money"
  • "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"
claim verb
1. (necessitate) take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Related: take, exact
  • "the accident claimed three lives"
  • "The hard work took its toll on her"
2. (affirm) lay claim to; as of an idea
Related: take
Antonyms: disclaim
  • "She took credit for the whole idea"
contain verb
1. (be) be capable of holding or containing
Related: take, hold
  • "This box won't take all the items"
  • "The flask holds one gallon"
consider verb
1. (think_about) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
Related: take, deal, look_at
  • "Take the case of China"
  • "Consider the following case"
lead verb
1. take somebody somewhere
Related: take, direct, conduct, guide
  • "We lead him to our chief"
  • "can you take me to the main entrance?"
  • "He conducted us to the palace"
choose verb
1. (decide) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
Related: take, select, pick_out
  • "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"
contract verb
1. (sicken) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
Related: take, get
  • "He got AIDS"
  • "She came down with pneumonia"
  • "She took a chill"
learn verb
1. be a student of a certain subject
Related: study, read, take
  • "She is reading for the bar exam"
film verb
1. (record) make a film or photograph of something
Related: shoot, take
  • "take a scene"
  • "shoot a movie"
aim verb
1. (position) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
Related: take, train, take_aim, direct
  • "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"
accept verb
1. (get) receive willingly something given or offered
Related: take, have
Antonyms: refuse
  • "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"
2. (accept) admit into a group or community
Related: admit, take, take_on
  • "accept students for graduate study"
  • "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
3. (be) be designed to hold or take
Related: take
  • "This surface will not take the dye"
assume verb
1. (change) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
Related: acquire, adopt, take_on, take
  • "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"
2. (move) occupy or take on
Related: take, strike, take_up
  • "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"
drive verb
1. (traverse) proceed along in a vehicle
Related: take
  • "We drive the turnpike to work"
remove verb
1. (subtract) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
Related: take, take_away, withdraw
  • "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"
fill verb
1. (work) assume, as of positions or roles
Related: take, occupy
  • "She took the job as director of development"
  • "he occupies the position of manager"
  • "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"
lease verb
1. (get) engage for service under a term of contract
Related: rent, hire, charter, engage, take
  • "We took an apartment on a quiet street"
  • "Let's rent a car"
  • "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
consume verb
1. (take_in) serve oneself to, or consume regularly
Related: ingest, take_in, take, have
Antonyms: abstain
  • "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"
  • "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
necessitate verb
1. require as useful, just, or proper
Related: ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call_for, demand
Antonyms: obviate
  • "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"
subscribe verb
1. (buy) receive or obtain regularly
Related: subscribe_to, take
  • "We take the Times every day"
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