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From Middle English < Old English tacan < Old Norse taka .


  • IPA: /teɪk/ , SAMPA: /teIk/
  • Rhymes: -eɪk


to take ( third-person singular simple present takes , present participle taking , simple past took , past participle taken )

  1. To grasp with the hands.
  2. To grab and move to oneself.
    I’ll take that plate off the table.
  3. To get into one's possession.
  4. ( military ) To gain a position by force.
    After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
  5. To have sex with forcefully, possibly without consent.
    He took her.
  6. To carry, particularly to a particular destination.
    I’ll take the plate with me.
    I’ll take the plate to the sink.
  7. To choose.
    I’ll take the blue plates.
  8. To support or carry without failing or breaking.
    That truck bed will only take two tons.
  9. To endure or cope with.
    I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.
  10. ( baseball ) To not swing at a pitch
    He’ll probably take this one.
  11. To ingest medicine, drugs, etc.
    I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
  12. Usually with for , to assume or interpret to be.
    Do you take me for a fool
    I take it you’re not going.
  13. To enroll (in a class, or a course of study)
    I’m taking math, physics, literature and flower arrangment.
  14. To participate in, undergo (a test or exam).
    I’m taking my math final today.
  15. ( climbing ) To tighten (take up) a belaying rope. Often used imperatively.
  16. To fight or attempt to fight somebody (see also take on).
    Don’t try to take that guy. He’s bigger than you.
  17. To stick, persist, thrive or remain.
    I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn’t take .
  18. ( cricket ) to catch the ball; especially for the wicket-keeper to catch the ball after the batsman has missed or edged it.
  19. ( impersonal ) To require.
    whatever it takes , it takes a village , it takes two
  20. ( transitive ) To require.
    Winning takes patience.
  21. To last [an amount of time].
    The trip takes ten minutes.



to grab with the hands

  • Catalan: agafar
  • French: prendre
  • Russian: брать / взять (brat’ / vz'at’), хватать/схватить (χvatát'/sχvatít')
  • Swedish: fatta, gripa, ta, ta tag i, hålla sig i

to grab and move to oneself

  • Albanian: merr
  • Arabic: اخذ (’áχaða)
  • Catalan: prendre
  • Chinese: 拿 (ná)
  • Croatian: uzeti, uzimati
  • Dutch: nemen
  • Esperanto: preni
  • Finnish: ottaa
  • French: prendre
  • German: nehmen
  • Hungarian: vesz
  • Italian: prendere
  • Japanese: 取る (とる, toru)
  • Kazakh: алу (alu) ^
  • Korean: 잡다 (jabda)
  • Portuguese: tomar
  • Russian: брать / взять (brat’ / vzjat’)
  • Slovene: vzeti
  • Spanish: tomar
  • Swedish: ta
  • Turkish: almak (tr)

to get into one's possession

  • Catalan: prendre
  • French: prendre
  • Russian: брать/взять (brat’ / vzjat’)
  • Slovene: vzeti
  • Swedish: ta,tag

military: to gain a position by force

  • French: prendre
  • Russian: брать/взять (brat’ / vzjat’), захватывать/захватить(zaχváyvat'/zaχvatít')
  • Slovene: zavzeti
  • Swedish: erövra, ta

to have sex with forcefully

  • Catalan: violar, forçar
  • French: prendre (de force), forcer, violer
  • Russian: брать/взять (brat’ / vzjat’)
  • Slovene: vzeti
  • Swedish: ta

to choose

  • Catalan: agafar, escollir
  • Finnish: ottaa
  • Russian: брать/взять (brat’ / vzjat’)
  • Slovene: vzeti
  • Swedish: ta, välja

to carry

  • Finnish: viedä
  • Portuguese: levar, carregar
  • Spanish: llevar

to ingest medicine

  • Catalan: prendre
  • Finnish: ottaa
  • Russian: принимать/принять (prinimát'/prin'át’)
  • Slovene: vzeti
  • Swedish: ta

to support or carry without failing or breaking

  • Finnish: kestää
  • Swedish: hålla, ta

to endure

  • Finnish: sietää, kestää
  • Swedish: ta, tåla


take ( plural takes )

  1. An act of taking.
  2. Something that is taken.
  3. A profit or reward.
    He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.
  4. An interpretation or view.
    What’s your take on this issue, Fred?
  5. ( filmology ) An attempt to record a scene.
    It’s a take .
    Act seven, scene three, take two.
  6. ( rugby ) A catch.
  7. ( acting ) A facial gesture in response to an event.
    I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.
  8. ( cricket ) a catch of the ball, especially by the wicket-keeper




act of taking

  • Swedish: tagande n .

something that is taken

profit or reward

  • Finnish: tuotto, voitto
  • Swedish: intäkter c . pl .

interpretation or view

  • Finnish: mielipide

film: attempt to record a scene

  • Catalan: presa
  • Finnish: otto
  • Russian: дубль m .
  • Swedish: tagning c .

rugby: catch

acting: facial gesture

cricket: catch of the ball

  • Chinese : 拿 (ná), 取 (qǔ), 握 (wò), 接受 (jiēshòu), 应付 (yìngfù)
  • Czech : brát
  • Dutch : nemen
  • Filipino : kunin
  • German : nehmen
  • Ido : prenar
  • Indonesian : mengambil, memungut
  • Italian : prendere (2,5,9,10), portare (1,4,6), violentare (3, also to rape )
  • Japanese : 取る, ( photograph ) 撮る (とる, toru); つかむ (tsukamu)
  • Polish : brać, wziąć, zabrać
  • Macedonian : зема (zema)
  • Serbian : узети (uzeti)
  • Sicilian : pigghiari (2,5,9,10)
  • Slovak : vziať, zobrať
  • Spanish : tomar
  • Turkish : almak(1,2,7), yakalamak(4), anlamak(5)

Derived terms



take (たけ)

  1. 竹: bamboo
  2. 丈: height
  3. 岳: peak, mountain

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