(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): issue, payoff, proceeds, return, takings, yield

Definition categories: possession, income

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

Definition categories: act, cinematography, filming

Sentences with take as a noun:

- He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.

- The mayor is on the take.

- What’s your take on this issue, Fred?

- a new take on a traditional dish

- It’s a take.

- Act seven, scene three, take two.

- did a double take and then a triple take

- I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.


1. carry out

- take action

- take steps

- take vengeance

Definition categories: social, act, move

2. require (time or space)

Similar word(s): occupy

Definition categories: possession, expend, use

3. take somebody somewhere

- can you take me to the main entrance?

Similar word(s): conduct, direct, guide, lead

Definition categories: motion

4. get into one's hands, take physically

- Take a cookie!

- Can you take this bag, please

Definition categories: contact

5. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Similar word(s): acquire, adopt, assume

Definition categories: change

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

- How should I take this message?

Similar word(s): read

Definition categories: cognition, construe, interpret, see

7. take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

- Take these letters to the boss

Similar word(s): bring, convey

Definition categories: motion, carry, transport

8. take into one's possession

- I'll take three salmon steaks

Definition categories: possession

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

Definition categories: motion, apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

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

- Take any one of these cards

Similar word(s): choose, select

Definition categories: cognition, decide, determine

11. receive willingly something given or offered

Similar word(s): accept, have

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

12. assume, as of positions or roles

Similar word(s): fill, occupy

Definition categories: social, work

13. take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

- Take the case of China

Similar word(s): consider, deal

Definition categories: cognition

14. require as useful, just, or proper

- It takes nerve to do what she did

Similar word(s): ask, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require

Definition categories: stative

15. experience or feel or submit to

- Take a test

- Take the plunge

Definition categories: perception, experience, get, have, receive

16. make a film or photograph of something

- take a scene

Similar word(s): film, shoot

Definition categories: communication, enter, record

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

- take the gun from your pocket

Similar word(s): remove, withdraw

Definition categories: change

18. serve oneself to, or consume regularly

- I don't take sugar in my coffee

Similar word(s): consume, have, ingest

Definition categories: consumption

19. accept or undergo, often unwillingly

Similar word(s): submit

Definition categories: cognition, undergo

20. make use of or accept for some purpose

- take a risk

- take an opportunity

Similar word(s): accept

Definition categories: possession

21. take by force

Definition categories: possession

22. occupy or take on

Similar word(s): assume, strike

Definition categories: motion, move

23. admit into a group or community

Similar word(s): accept, admit

Definition categories: possession, accept, have, take

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

Definition categories: change, find, get, incur, obtain, receive

25. be a student of a certain subject

Similar word(s): learn, read, study

Definition categories: cognition

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

Similar word(s): claim, exact

Definition categories: communication, ask, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

27. head into a specified direction

Similar word(s): make

Definition categories: motion, head

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

- Take a swipe at one's opponent

Similar word(s): aim, direct, train

Definition categories: competition, position

29. be seized or affected in a specified way

- take sick

- be taken drunk

Definition categories: change, become, get, go

30. have with oneself; have on one's person

- She always takes an umbrella

Similar word(s): carry, pack

Definition categories: stative, feature, have

31. engage for service under a term of contract

- Shall we take a guide in Rome?

Similar word(s): charter, engage, hire, lease, rent

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

32. receive or obtain regularly

- We take the Times every day

Similar word(s): subscribe

Definition categories: possession, buy, purchase

33. buy, select

- I'll take a pound of that sausage

Definition categories: possession, buy, purchase

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

- take shelter from the storm

Definition categories: possession

35. have sex with; archaic use

- He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable

Similar word(s): have

Definition categories: contact, bang, bed, bonk, hump, jazz, know, love, screw

36. lay claim to; as of an idea

Similar word(s): claim

Definition categories: communication, affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify

37. be designed to hold or take

- This surface will not take the dye

Similar word(s): accept

Definition categories: stative, be

38. be capable of holding or containing

- This box won't take all the items

Similar word(s): contain, hold

Definition categories: stative, be

39. develop a habit

Definition categories: social

40. proceed along in a vehicle

Similar word(s): drive

Definition categories: motion, cover, cross, track, traverse

41. obtain by winning

- Winner takes all

Definition categories: competition, win

42. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

Similar word(s): contract, get

Definition categories: body, sicken

Sentences with take as a verb:

- take a pen off the desk; they took Charlton's gun from his cold, dead hands

- I’ll take that plate off the table.

- take the city; take the guards prisoner; take prisoners

- After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.

- to take a toll; to take revenge

- the camera takes 35mm film

- the store doesn't take checks; she wouldn't take any money for her help; the vending machine only takes bills, it doesn't take coins

- take my advice

- take a wife; the school only takes new students in the fall

- the therapist wouldn't take him as a client

- take two egg from the cartoon

- take one from three and you are left with two

- Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.

- take whichever bag you like; she took the best men with her and left the rest to garrison the city

- I'll take the blue plates.

- she took his side in every argument; take a stand on the important issues

- I'll take the plate with me.

- The next bus will take you to Metz.

- These stairs take you down to the basement.

- take the ferry; he took the bus to London, and then took a train to Manchester

- I used to take The Sunday Times.

- take two of these and call me in the morning; take the blue pill

- I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.

- the general took dinner at seven o'clock; I'll take two sugars in my coffee, please.

- take sun-baths; take a shower; she made the decision to take chemotherapy

- she takes pride in her work; he took pleasure in his opponent's death; I take offence at that

- to take a dislike;  to take pleasure

- took a pay cut; take a joke; the hull took a lot of punishment before it broke

- I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.

- That truck bed will only take two tons.

- Aren't you supposed to take your math final today?  When will you take your vacation?  I had to take a pee.

- Don't take my comments as an insult.

- take her word for it, take him at his word

- I take it from her comments she won't be there.

- I took him to be a person of honor. / Do you take me for (or: take me to be) a fool? / Looking at him as he came into the room, I took him for his father. / He was often taken to be a man of means.

- I'm not sure what moral to take from that story.

- As I Lay Dying takes its title from Book XI of Homer's Odyssey

- cloth that takes dye well; paper that takes ink; the leather that takes a certain kind of polish

- it takes a while to get used to the smell

- Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down.   Finishing this on schedule will take a lot of overtime.

- hunting that whale takes most of his free time; his collection takes a lot of space

- The trip will take about ten minutes.

- take a walk; take action/steps/measures to fight drug abuse; take a trip; take aim; take the tempo slowly

- The kick is taken from where the foul occurred.  Pirès ran in to take the kick.  The throw-in is taken from the point where the ball crossed the touch-line.

- take the part of the villain / hero

- take office; take the throne

- go down two blocks and take the next left; take the path of least resistance

- take cover / shelter / refuge

- take her pulse / temperature / blood pressure; take a census

- The photographer will take you sitting down.

- to take a group / a scene

- I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.

- take matters as they arise

- I've had a lot of problems recently: take last Monday, for example. My car broke down on the way to work. Then ... etc.

- He’ll probably take this one.

- This verb takes the dative; that verb takes the genitive.

- My husband and I have a dysfunctional marriage. He just takes and takes; he never gives.

- the dye didn't take

- not all grafts take

- I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.