take

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Take \Take\ (t[=a]k), obs. p. p. of {Take}. Taken. --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Take \Take\, verb (used with an object) [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.]

1. 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. Hence, specifically: (a) 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 an 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.

This man was taken of the Jews. --Acts xxiii. 27.

Men in their loose, unguarded hours they take; Not that themselves are wise, but others weak. --Pope.

They that come abroad after these showers are commonly taken with sickness. --Bacon.

There he blasts the tree and takes the cattle And makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak. (b) To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.

Neither let her take thee with her eyelids. --Prov. vi. 25.

Cleombroutus was so taken with this prospect, that he had no patience. --Wake.

I know not why, but there was a something in those half-seen features, -- a charm in the very shadow that hung over their imagined beauty, -- which took me more than all the outshining loveliness of her companions. --Moore. (c) To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.

Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken. --1 Sam. xiv. 42.

The violence of storming is the course which God is forced to take for the destroying . . . of sinners. --Hammond. (d) To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat; it takes five hours to get to Boston from New York by car.

This man always takes time . . . before he passes his judgments. --I. Watts. (e) To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take a picture of a person.

Beauty alone could beauty take so right. --Dryden. (f) To draw; to deduce; to derive. [R.]

The firm belief of a future judgment is the most forcible motive to a good life, because taken from this consideration of the most lasting happiness and misery. --Tillotson. (g) 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. (h) To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church. (i) To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery; he took a dictionary with him.

He took me certain gold, I wot it well. --Chaucer. (k) To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; -- with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.

2. In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept. Specifically: (a) To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.

Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer. --Num. xxxv. 31.

Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore. --1 Tim. v. 10. (b) To receive as something to be eaten or drunk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine. (c) Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence. (d) 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. (e) 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.

You take me right. --Bacon.

Charity, taken in its largest extent, is nothing else but the science love of God and our neighbor. --Wake.

[He] took that for virtue and affection which was nothing but vice in a disguise. --South.

You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl. --Tate. (f) 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.

I take thee at thy word. --Rowe.

Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command; . . . Not take the mold. --Dryden.

3. To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to take a group or a scene. [Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. To give or deliver (a blow to); to strike; hit; as, he took me in the face; he took me a blow on the head. [Obs. exc. Slang or Dial.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To be taken aback}, {To take advantage of}, {To take air}, etc. See under {Aback}, {Advantage}, etc.

{To take aim}, to direct the eye or weapon; to aim.

{To take along}, to carry, lead, or convey.

{To take arms}, to commence war or hostilities.

{To take away}, to carry off; to remove; to cause deprivation of; to do away with; as, a bill for taking away the votes of bishops. "By your own law, I take your life away." --Dryden.

{To take breath}, to stop, as from labor, in order to breathe or rest; to recruit or refresh one's self.

{To take care}, to exercise care or vigilance; to be solicitous. "Doth God take care for oxen?" --1 Cor. ix. 9.

{To take care of}, to have the charge or care of; to care for; to superintend or oversee.

{To take down}. (a) To reduce; to bring down, as from a high, or higher, place; as, to take down a book; hence, to bring lower; to depress; to abase or humble; as, to take down pride, or the proud. "I never attempted to be impudent yet, that I was not taken down." --Goldsmith. (b) To swallow; as, to take down a potion. (c) To pull down; to pull to pieces; as, to take down a house or a scaffold. (d) To record; to write down; as, to take down a man's words at the time he utters them.

{To take effect}, {To take fire}. See under {Effect}, and {Fire}.

{To take ground to the right} or {To take ground to the left} (Mil.), to extend the line to the right or left; to move, as troops, to the right or left.

{To take heart}, to gain confidence or courage; to be encouraged.

{To take heed}, to be careful or cautious. "Take heed what doom against yourself you give." --Dryden.

{To take heed to}, to attend with care, as, take heed to thy ways.

{To take hold of}, to seize; to fix on.

{To take horse}, to mount and ride a horse.

{To take in}. (a) To inclose; to fence. (b) To encompass or embrace; to comprise; to comprehend. (c) To draw into a smaller compass; to contract; to brail or furl; as, to take in sail. (d) To cheat; to circumvent; to gull; to deceive. [Colloq.] (e) To admit; to receive; as, a leaky vessel will take in water. (f) To win by conquest. [Obs.]

For now Troy's broad-wayed town He shall take in. --Chapman. (g) To receive into the mind or understanding. "Some bright genius can take in a long train of propositions." --I. Watts. (h) To receive regularly, as a periodical work or newspaper; to take. [Eng.]

{To take in hand}. See under {Hand}.

{To take in vain}, to employ or utter as in an oath. "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." --Ex. xx. 7.

{To take issue}. See under {Issue}.

{To take leave}. See {Leave}, noun, 2.

{To take a newspaper}, {magazine}, or the like, to receive it regularly, as on paying the price of subscription.

{To take notice}, to observe, or to observe with particular attention.

{To take notice of}. See under {Notice}.

{To take oath}, to swear with solemnity, or in a judicial manner.

{To take on}, to assume; to take upon one's self; as, to take on a character or responsibility.

{To take one's own course}, to act one's pleasure; to pursue the measures of one's own choice.

{To take order for}. See under {Order}.

{To take order with}, to check; to hinder; to repress. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{To take orders}. (a) To receive directions or commands. (b) (Eccl.) To enter some grade of the ministry. See {Order}, noun, 10.

{To take out}. (a) To remove from within a place; to separate; to deduct. (b) To draw out; to remove; to clear or cleanse from; as, to take out a stain or spot from cloth. (c) To produce for one's self; as, to take out a patent.

{To take up}. (a) To lift; to raise. --Hood. (b) To buy or borrow; as, to take up goods to a large amount; to take up money at the bank. (c) To begin; as, to take up a lamentation. --Ezek. xix. 1. (d) To gather together; to bind up; to fasten or to replace; as, to take up raveled stitches; specifically (Surg.), to fasten with a ligature. (e) To engross; to employ; to occupy or fill; as, to take up the time; to take up a great deal of room. (f) To take permanently. "Arnobius asserts that men of the finest parts . . . took up their rest in the Christian religion." --Addison. (g) To seize; to catch; to arrest; as, to take up a thief; to take up vagabonds. (h) To admit; to believe; to receive. [Obs.]

The ancients took up experiments upon credit. --Bacon. (i) To answer by reproof; to reprimand; to berate.

One of his relations took him up roundly. --L'Estrange. (k) To begin where another left off; to keep up in continuous succession; to take up (a topic, an activity).

Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale. --Addison. (l) To assume; to adopt as one's own; to carry on or manage; as, to take up the quarrels of our neighbors; to take up current opinions. "They take up our old trade of conquering." --Dryden. (m) To comprise; to include. "The noble poem of Palemon and Arcite . . . takes up seven years." --Dryden. (n) To receive, accept, or adopt for the purpose of assisting; to espouse the cause of; to favor. --Ps. xxvii. 10. (o) To collect; to exact, as a tax; to levy; as, to take up a contribution. "Take up commodities upon our bills." --Shak. (p) To pay and receive; as, to take up a note at the bank. (q) (Mach.) To remove, as by an adjustment of parts; as, to take up lost motion, as in a bearing; also, to make tight, as by winding, or drawing; as, to take up slack thread in sewing. (r) To make up; to compose; to settle; as, to take up a quarrel. [Obs.] --Shak. -- (s) To accept from someone, as a wager or a challenge; as, J. took M. up on his challenge.

{To take up arms}. Same as {To take arms}, above.

{To take upon one's self}. (a) To assume; to undertake; as, he takes upon himself to assert that the fact is capable of proof. (b) To appropriate to one's self; to allow to be imputed to, or inflicted upon, one's self; as, to take upon one's self a punishment.

{To take up the gauntlet}. See under {Gauntlet}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Take \Take\, verb (used without an object)

1. 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. --Shak.

When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. --Bacon.

In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh, but is overcome . . . before it work any manifest effect. --Bacon.

2. To please; to gain reception; to succeed.

Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake, And hint he writ it, if the thing should take. --Addison.

3. 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.

4. To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.

{To take after}. (a) To learn to follow; to copy; to imitate; as, he takes after a good pattern. (b) To resemble; as, the son takes after his father.

{To take in with}, to resort to. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{To take on}, to be violently affected; to express grief or pain in a violent manner.

{To take to}. (a) To apply one's self to; to be fond of; to become attached to; as, to take to evil practices. "If he does but take to you, . . . you will contract a great friendship with him." --Walpole. (b) To resort to; to betake one's self to. "Men of learning, who take to business, discharge it generally with greater honesty than men of the world." --Addison.

{To take up}. (a) To stop. [Obs.] "Sinners at last take up and settle in a contempt of religion." --Tillotson. (b) To reform. [Obs.] --Locke.

{To take up with}. (a) To be contended to receive; to receive without opposition; to put up with; as, to take up with plain fare. "In affairs which may have an extensive influence on our future happiness, we should not take up with probabilities." --I. Watts. (b) To lodge with; to dwell with. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

{To take with}, to please. --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Take \Take\, noun

1. That which is taken, such as the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch, or the amouont of money collected during one event; as, the box-office take. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Print.) The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

take

noun

1: the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%" [syn: {return}, {issue}, {take}, {takings}, {proceeds}, {yield}, {payoff}]

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

verb

1: carry out; "take action"; "take steps"; "take vengeance"

2: require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time" [syn: {take}, {occupy}, {use up}]

3: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" [syn: {lead}, {take}, {direct}, {conduct}, {guide}]

4: get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please" [syn: {take}, {get hold of}]

5: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "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" [syn: {assume}, {acquire}, {adopt}, {take on}, {take}]

6: interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!" [syn: {take}, {read}]

7: take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point" [syn: {bring}, {convey}, {take}]

8: take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks" [ant: {give}]

9: 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"

10: pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "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" [syn: {choose}, {take}, {select}, {pick out}]

11: receive willingly something given or offered; "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" [syn: {accept}, {take}, {have}] [ant: {decline}, {pass up}, {refuse}, {reject}, {turn down}]

12: assume, as of positions or roles; "She took the job as director of development"; "he occupies the position of manager"; "the young prince will soon occupy the throne" [syn: {fill}, {take}, {occupy}]

13: take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: {consider}, {take}, {deal}, {look at}]

14: require as useful, just, or proper; "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" [syn: {necessitate}, {ask}, {postulate}, {need}, {require}, {take}, {involve}, {call for}, {demand}] [ant: {eliminate}, {obviate}, {rid of}]

15: experience or feel or submit to; "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"

16: make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie" [syn: {film}, {shoot}, {take}]

17: remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "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" [syn: {remove}, {take}, {take away}, {withdraw}]

18: serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn: {consume}, {ingest}, {take in}, {take}, {have}] [ant: {abstain}, {desist}, {refrain}]

19: accept or undergo, often unwillingly; "We took a pay cut" [syn: {take}, {submit}]

20: make use of or accept for some purpose; "take a risk"; "take an opportunity" [syn: {take}, {accept}]

21: take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"

22: occupy or take on; "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" [syn: {assume}, {take}, {strike}, {take up}]

23: admit into a group or community; "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member" [syn: {accept}, {admit}, {take}, {take on}]

24: 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"

25: be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam" [syn: {learn}, {study}, {read}, {take}]

26: take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her" [syn: {claim}, {take}, {exact}]

27: head into a specified direction; "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains" [syn: {take}, {make}]

28: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; "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" [syn: {aim}, {take}, {train}, {take aim}, {direct}]

29: be seized or affected in a specified way; "take sick"; "be taken drunk"

30: have with oneself; have on one's person; "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains" [syn: {carry}, {pack}, {take}]

31: engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?" [syn: {lease}, {rent}, {hire}, {charter}, {engage}, {take}]

32: receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day" [syn: {subscribe}, {subscribe to}, {take}]

33: buy, select; "I'll take a pound of that sausage"

34: to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; "take shelter from the storm"

35: have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable" [syn: {take}, {have}]

36: lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea" [syn: {claim}, {take}] [ant: {disclaim}]

37: be designed to hold or take; "This surface will not take the dye" [syn: {accept}, {take}]

38: be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: {contain}, {take}, {hold}]

39: develop a habit; "He took to visiting bars"

40: proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work" [syn: {drive}, {take}]

41: obtain by winning; "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"

42: be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: {contract}, {take}, {get}]

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