take

Take means to gain possession of or lay hold of something. You can take an apple from a bowl or take a child's hand to cross the street.

Ways to take include receiving, removing, capturing, picking something up, or being seized by something. Take has many, many senses and has found its way into many English expressions. So take a picture, take some notes, take notice, take a walk, take your friend home safely, take a chance, take a left, take a knight, take it as it comes, take first place, or receive a large take (as in profit), but remember, “You can’t take it with you.”

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: take

1
vn
get into one's hands, take physically
the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
2
v
take somebody somewhere
3
v
ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
4
v
require (time or space)
5
vn
carry out
the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
6
v
develop a habit
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: take
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v get into one's hands, take physically

Take a cookie!”
“Can you take this bag, please”
Synonyms:
get hold of
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clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab
seize
take or capture by force
nab
seize suddenly
rack
seize together, as of parallel ropes of a tackle in order to prevent running through the block
claw
clutch as if in panic
raven
obtain or seize by violence
wrest
obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up
take into custody
capture, catch, get
succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
collar
seize by the neck or collar
clasp
grasp firmly
grip
hold fast or firmly
grab
take or grasp suddenly
catch, grab, take hold of
take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
snap, snatch, snatch up
to grasp hastily or eagerly
abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch
take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
commandeer, highjack, hijack, pirate
take arbitrarily or by force
clench, clinch
hold in a tight grasp
grapple, grip
to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

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

take the gun from your pocket”
Synonyms:
remove, take away, withdraw
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depilate, epilate
remove body hair
harvest
remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation
tip
remove the tip from
stem
remove the stem from
extirpate
surgically remove (an organ)
enucleate
remove (a tumor or eye) from an enveloping sac or cover
exenterate
remove the contents of (an organ)
enucleate
remove the nucleus from (a cell)
decorticate
remove the cortex of (an organ)
bail
remove (water) from a vessel with a container
disinvest, divest, strip, undress
remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
ablate
remove an organ or bodily structure
clean, pick
remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
clean
remove shells or husks from
winnow
blow away or off with a current of air
pick
remove in small bits
clear, clear up
free (the throat) by making a rasping sound
muck
remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine
lift
remove from a surface
lift
take off or away by decreasing
lift
remove from a seedbed or from a nursery
tear away, tear off
rip off violently and forcefully
take off
take away or remove
take away, take out
take out or remove
pit, stone
remove the pits from
seed
remove the seeds from
unhinge
remove the hinges from
shuck
remove the shucks from
hull
remove the hulls from
crumb
remove crumbs from
chip away, chip away at
remove or withdraw gradually: "These new customs are chipping away at the quality of life"
burl
remove the burls from cloth
knock out
destroy or break forcefully
clean, scavenge
remove unwanted substances from
hypophysectomise, hypophysectomize
remove the pituitary glands
degas
remove gas from
husk, shell
remove the husks from
bur, burr
remove the burrs from
clear away, clear off
remove from sight
flick
remove with a flick (of the hand)
dismantle, strip
take off or remove
strip
remove a constituent from a liquid
clear
remove
defang
remove the fangs from
bone, debone
remove the bones from
disembowel, draw, eviscerate
remove the entrails of
shell
remove from its shell or outer covering
shuck
remove from the shell
detusk, tusk
remove the tusks of animals
dehorn
prevent the growth of horns of certain animals
scalp
remove the scalp of
weed
clear of weeds
condense
remove water from
bail out, bale out
remove (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side
leach, strip
remove substances from by a percolating liquid
decalcify
remove calcium or lime from
detoxicate, detoxify
remove poison from
de-ionate
remove ions from
de-iodinate
remove iodine from
decarbonise, decarbonize, decarburise, decarburize, decoke
remove carbon from (an engine)
delouse
free of lice
ream
remove by making a hole or by boring
brush
remove with or as if with a brush
wash, wash away, wash off, wash out
remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent
desorb
remove from a surface on which it is adsorbed
pull
take away
demineralise, demineralize
remove the minerals or salts from
eliminate
remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations
clear out, drive out, expectorate
clear out the chest and lungs
carve out
remove from a larger whole
defuse
remove the triggering device from
dredge
remove with a power shovel, usually from a bottom of a body of water
wear away, wear off
diminish, as by friction
amputate, cut off
remove surgically
eviscerate, resect
surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ
cream, cream off, skim, skim off
remove from the surface
strip
remove the surface from
strip
strip the cured leaves from
descale, scale
remove the scales from
circumcise
cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys
undock
take (a ship) out of a dock
cut into, delve, dig, turn over
turn up, loosen, or remove earth
dig, excavate, hollow
remove the inner part or the core of
lift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, take up
take out or up with or as if with a scoop
draw out, extract, pull, pull out, pull up, take out
remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense
take out
remove something from a container or an enclosed space
unstring
remove the strings from
string
remove the stringy parts of
wipe away, wipe off
remove by wiping
bear away, bear off, carry away, carry off, take away
remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
unveil
remove the cover from
take out, unpack
remove from its packing
disburden, unburden
take the burden off; remove the burden from
empty
remove
discharge
remove the charge from
offsaddle, unsaddle
remove the saddle from
cast, cast off, drop, shake off, shed, throw, throw away, throw off
get rid of
dislodge, free
remove or force out from a position
clean
remove while making clean
aspirate, draw out, suck out
remove as if by suction
cancel, delete
remove or make invisible
lade, laden, ladle
remove with or as if with a ladle
spoon
scoop up or take up with a spoon
gut
remove the guts of
head
remove the head of
draw away, draw off, pull off
remove by drawing or pulling
clean, strip
remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely
draw, take out
take liquid out of a container or well
draw, get out, pull, pull out, take out
bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover
leach
cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate
draw
cause to flow
draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
exuviate, molt, moult, shed, slough
cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers
discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
get undressed
bus
remove used dishes from the table in restaurants
milk
take milk from female mammals
bare, denudate, denude, strip
lay bare
clear-cut
remove all the trees at one time
stump
remove tree stumps from
deforest, disafforest, disforest
remove the trees from
declaw
remove the claws from
dehorn
take the horns off (an animal)
pod
take something out of its shell or pod
lift
remove (hair) by scalping
stub
clear of weeds by uprooting them
kill, obliterate, wipe out
mark for deletion, rub off, or erase
cross off, cross out, mark, strike off, strike out
remove from a list
delete, erase
wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
bring out, get out
take out of a container or enclosed space
abrade, abrase, corrade, rub down, rub off
wear away
slough off
separate from surrounding living tissue, as in an abortion
abscise
shed flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of a scar tissue
pare, peel, skin
strip the skin off
bark, skin
remove the bark of a tree
decorticate
remove the outer layer of
furrow, groove, rut
hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
root, rootle, rout
dig with the snout
spade
dig (up) with a spade
drive
excavate horizontally
ditch, trench
cut a trench in, as for drainage
dip
scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
shovel
dig with or as if with a shovel
trowel
use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
squeeze out, wring out
extract (liquid) by squeezing or pressing
demodulate
extract information from a modulated carrier wave
pulp
remove the pulp from, as from a fruit
thread
remove facial hair by tying a fine string around it and pulling at the string
deplumate, deplume, displume, pluck, pull, tear
strip of feathers
deterge
wipe away; to wash off or out, cleanse; chiefly in medical use: to clear away foul matter from the body
spirit away
carry away rapidly and secretly, as if mysteriously
spirit away, spirit off
carry off mysteriously; as if by magic
whisk away, whisk off
take away quickly and suddenly
cart away, cart off, haul away, haul off
take away by means of a vehicle
unbox
remove from a box
break out
take from stowage in preparation for use
uncrate
remove from the crate
lighten
reduce the weight on; make lighter
offload, unlade, unload
take the load off (a container or vehicle)
exfoliate
cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
autotomise, autotomize
cause a body part to undergo autotomy
efface, erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
excise, expunge, scratch, strike
remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
slop
ladle clumsily
unsheathe
draw from a sheath or scabbard
pump
draw or pour with a pump
siphon, siphon off, syphon
convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon
sluice
draw through a sluice
tap
draw (liquor) from a tap
suck
draw something in by or as if by a vacuum
rack
draw off from the lees
deglycerolise, deglycerolize
remove from glycerol
burrow, tunnel
move through by or as by digging
check out, cheque
withdraw money by writing a check
dip
take a small amount from
divert, hive off
withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions
overdraw
draw more money from than is available
tap
draw from or dip into to get something
disinvest, divest
reduce or dispose of; cease to hold (an investment)

v take into one's possession

“We are taking an orphan from Romania”
“I'll take three salmon steaks”
Antonyms:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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adopt, take in
take into one's family
take away
take from a person or place
repossess, take back
regain possession of something
collect, take in
call for and obtain payment of
attach, confiscate, impound, seize, sequester
take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority
sequester
requisition forcibly, as of enemy property
pocket
put in one's pocket
accept, assume, bear, take over
take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
grab, snaffle, snap up
get hold of or seize quickly and easily
call back, call in, recall, withdraw
cause to be returned
deprive, divest, strip
take away possessions from someone
unburden
free or relieve (someone) of a burden
disarm, unarm
take away the weapons from; render harmless
expropriate
deprive of possessions
clean
deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
farm
collect fees or profits
condemn
appropriate (property) for public use
garnish, garnishee
take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
carry-the can, face the music
accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
hog
take greedily; take more than one's share
raise
collect funds for a specific purpose
decommission
withdraw from active service
dispossess
deprive of the possession of real estate
clean out
deprive completely of money or goods
unclothe
strip
unsex
deprive of sex or sexual powers
orphan
deprive of parents
bereave
deprive through death
distrain
confiscate by distress

v pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

Take any one of these cards”
Synonyms:
choose, pick out, select
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empanel, impanel, panel
select from a list
anoint
choose by or as if by divine intervention
field
select (a team or individual player) for a game
sieve, sift
distinguish and separate out
draw
select or take in from a given group or region
dial
choose by means of a dial
go, plump
give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
pick
select carefully from a group
elect
choose
excerpt, extract, take out
take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy
cull out, winnow
select desirable parts from a group or list
cream off, skim off
pick the best
pick over, sieve out
separate or remove
assign, set apart, specify
select something or someone for a specific purpose
single out
select from a group
think of
choose in one's mind
define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify
decide upon or fix definitely
adopt, espouse, follow
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
screen, screen out, sieve, sort
examine in order to test suitability
vote in
elect in a voting process
elect
select by a vote for an office or membership
nominate, propose
put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
vote
express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
quantify
use as a quantifier
hand-pick
pick personally and very carefully
dedicate
set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
detail
assign to a specific task
nominate, put forward, put up
propose as a candidate for some honor
name
mention and identify by name
reset
set anew
define
give a definition for the meaning of a word
co-opt
choose or elect as a fellow member or colleague
reelect, return
elect again
write in
cast a vote by inserting a name that does not appear on the ballot
turn thumbs down, vote down
vote against
outvote
defeat by a majority of votes
ballot
vote by ballot
poll
vote in an election at a polling station
adhere, stick
be a devoted follower or supporter
Type of:
decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v buy, select

“I'll take a pound of that sausage”
Type of:
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

v obtain by winning

“Winner takes all”
“He took first prize”
Type of:
win
be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

v take by force

“Hitler took the Baltic Republics”
“The army took the fort on the hill”
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rescue
take forcibly from legal custody
scale
take by attacking with scaling ladders
extort
obtain through intimidation
arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
recapture, retake
take back by force, as after a battle
relieve
take by stealing
steal
take without the owner's consent
despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle, strip
steal goods; take as spoils
plunder, sack
plunder (a town) after capture
annex
take (territory) as if by conquest
blackmail
obtain through threats
appropriate, capture, conquer, seize
take possession of by force, as after an invasion
reconquer
conquer anew
preoccupy
occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
hijack
seize control of
raid
take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
abstract, cabbage, filch, hook, lift, nobble, pilfer, pinch, purloin, snarf, sneak, swipe
make off with belongings of others
lift, rustle
take illegally
shoplift
steal in a store
pirate
copy illegally; of published material
lift, plagiarise, plagiarize
take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
bag, pocket
take unlawfully
defalcate, embezzle, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
deplume, displume
strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
rob
take something away by force or without the consent of the owner
cop, glom, hook, knock off, snitch, thieve
take by theft
walk off
take without permission
hustle, pluck, roll
sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
loot, plunder
take illegally; of intellectual property
burglarise, burglarize, burgle, heist
commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling

v occupy or take on

“She took her seat on the stage”
“We took our seats in the orchestra”
“She took up her position behind the tree”
Synonyms:
assume, strike, take up
fill, occupy
assume, as of positions or roles
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v assume, as of positions or roles

“She took the job as director of development”
Synonyms:
fill, occupy
assume, strike, take up
occupy or take on
Type of:
do work, work
be employed

v 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”
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v receive willingly something given or offered

Synonyms:
accept, have
have, receive
get something; come into possession of
Antonyms:
decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down
refuse to accept
disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down
reject with contempt
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accept, admit, take on
admit into a group or community
welcome
accept gladly
honor, honour
accept as pay
adopt, borrow, take over, take up
take up and practice as one's own
profess
receive into a religious order or congregation
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acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v serve oneself to, or consume regularly

“I don't take sugar in my coffee”
Synonyms:
consume, have, ingest, take in
Antonyms:
abstain, desist, refrain
choose not to consume
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hit
consume to excess
cannibalise, cannibalize
eat human flesh
habituate, use
take or consume (regularly or habitually)
eat
eat a meal; take a meal
eat
take in solid food
drink, imbibe
take in liquids
booze, drink, fuddle
consume alcohol
partake, touch
consume
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only
fill, replete, sate, satiate
fill to satisfaction
sample, taste, try, try out
take a sample of
sop up, suck in, take in, take up
take up as if with a sponge
smoke
inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
do drugs, drug
use recreational drugs
get down, swallow
pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
sup
take solid or liquid food into the mouth a little at a time either by drinking or by eating with a spoon
take away, take out
buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food
victual
take in nourishment
wash down
eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically
dine in, eat in
eat at home
dine out, eat out
eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home
dine
have supper; eat dinner
picnic
eat alfresco, in the open air
fress, gluttonise, gluttonize
eat a lot and without restraint
wolf, wolf down
eat hastily
slurp
eat noisily
swill, swill down
drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink)
suck
draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth
guggle, gurgle
drink from a flask with a gurgling sound
sip
drink in sips
guzzle
drink greedily or as if with great thirst
lap, lap up, lick
take up with the tongue
tank
consume excessive amounts of alcohol
port
drink port
claret
drink claret
bar hop, pub-crawl
go from one pub to the next and get progressively more drunk
bib, tipple
drink moderately but regularly
drink, tope
drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
break bread
have a meal, usually with company
receive
partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
fare
eat well
dig in, pitch in
eat heartily
nosh, snack
eat a snack; eat lightly
peck, peck at, pick at
eat like a bird
peck, pick up
eat by pecking at, like a bird
bolt, gobble
eat hastily without proper chewing
bolt down, garbage down, gobble up, shovel in
eat a large amount of food quickly
nibble, pick, piece
eat intermittently; take small bites of
ruminate
chew the cuds
drain the cup, drink up
drink to the last drop
mess
eat in a mess hall
board
lodge and take meals (at)
forage
wander and feed
raven
feed greedily
lunch
take the midday meal
brunch
eat a meal in the late morning
breakfast
eat an early morning meal
banquet, feast, junket
partake in a feast or banquet
suckle
suck milk from the mother's breasts
hit it up, inebriate, soak, souse
become drunk or drink excessively
wine
drink wine
dip, dunk
dip into a liquid while eating
binge, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, satiate, scarf out, stuff
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
cloy, pall
cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing
degust
taste with relish
devour, guttle, pig, raven
eat greedily
eat up, finish, polish off
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
consume, devour, down, go through
eat immoderately
chain-smoke
smoke one cigarette after another; light one cigarette from the preceding one
puff, whiff
smoke and exhale strongly
inhale
draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
inject
take by injection
snort, take a hit
inhale through the nose
base, free-base
use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
drop
take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth
dope
take drugs to improve one's athletic performance
gulp, quaff, swig
to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
belt down, bolt down, down, drink down, kill, pop, pour down, toss off
drink down entirely
bolt
swallow hastily
fill, fill up
eat until one is sated
carry, hold
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
browse, crop, graze, pasture, range
feed as in a meadow or pasture

v admit into a group or community

Synonyms:
accept, admit, take on
admit, include, let in
allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
Types:
profess
receive into a religious order or congregation
Type of:
accept, have
receive willingly something given or offered

v be capable of holding or containing

“This box won't take all the items”
Synonyms:
contain, hold
bear, carry, contain, hold
contain or hold; have within
accommodate, admit, hold
have room for; hold without crowding
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be designed to hold or take

“This surface will not take the dye”
Synonyms:
accept
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v receive or obtain regularly

“We take the Times every day”
Synonyms:
subscribe, subscribe to
Type of:
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

v engage for service under a term of contract

“We took an apartment on a quiet street”
“Shall we take a guide in Rome?”
Synonyms:
charter, engage, hire, lease, rent
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v make use of or accept for some purpose

take a risk”
take an opportunity”
Synonyms:
accept
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co-opt
take or assume for one's own use

v be a student of a certain subject

Synonyms:
learn, read, study
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audit
attend academic courses without getting credit
prepare, train
undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
drill, exercise, practice, practise
learn by repetition
apprentice
be or work as an apprentice
retrain
train again
drill
undergo military training or do military exercises

v lay claim to; as of an idea

“She took credit for the whole idea”
Synonyms:
claim
arrogate, claim, lay claim
demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
Antonyms:
disclaim
renounce a legal claim or title to
Type of:
affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

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

Synonyms:
issue, payoff, proceeds, return, takings, yield
Types:
economic rent, rent
the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
payback
financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
Type of:
income
the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
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v take somebody somewhere

“can you take me to the main entrance?”
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conduct, direct, guide, lead
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beacon
guide with a beacon
hand
guide or conduct or usher somewhere
lead astray, misdirect, misguide, mislead
lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
show, usher
take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
marshal
lead ceremoniously, as in a procession

v take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

Take these letters to the boss”
Synonyms:
bring, convey
bring, convey, fetch, get
go or come after and bring or take back
bring
be accompanied by
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fetch
take away or remove
transit
cause or enable to pass through
ferry
transport from one place to another
bring back, return, take back
bring back to the point of departure
tube
convey in a tube
whisk
move somewhere quickly
carry, channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
land
bring ashore
ground, run aground, strand
bring to the ground
wash up
carry somewhere (of water or current or waves)
pipe in
bring in through pipes
bring in
transmit
retransmit
transmit again
strand
drive (a vessel) ashore
Type of:
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

v have with oneself; have on one's person

“She always takes an umbrella”
Synonyms:
carry, pack
carry
have or possess something abstract
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v proceed along in a vehicle

Synonyms:
drive
drive, motor
travel or be transported in a vehicle
drive
operate or control a vehicle
drive
cause someone or something to move by driving
Type of:
cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse
travel across or pass over

v head into a specified direction

“The escaped convict took to the hills”
Synonyms:
make
Type of:
head
to go or travel towards
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v 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”
Type of:
find, get, incur, obtain, receive
receive a specified treatment (abstract)

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

“How should I take this message?”
“You can't take credit for this!”
Synonyms:
read
read
to hear and understand
read
interpret the significance of, as of palms, tea leaves, intestines, the sky; also of human behavior
Types:
misinterpret, misread
interpret wrongly
Type of:
construe, interpret, see
make sense of; assign a meaning to

v take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

Take the case of China”
Synonyms:
consider, deal, look at
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contemplate
consider as a possibility
dally, play, trifle
consider not very seriously
abstract
consider apart from a particular case or instance
warm to
become excited about
entertain, flirt with, think about, think of, toy with
take into consideration, have in view
Type of:
think about
have on one's mind, think about actively

v take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

“His voice took on a sad tone”
“The story took a new turn”
Synonyms:
acquire, adopt, assume, take on
Types:
re-assume
take on again, as after a time lapse
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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

take shelter from the storm”

v be seized or affected in a specified way

take sick”
“be taken drunk”
Type of:
become, get, go
enter or assume a certain state or condition

v accept or undergo, often unwillingly

“We took a pay cut”
Synonyms:
submit
Types:
test
undergo a test
Type of:
undergo
pass through

v experience or feel or submit to

Take a test”
Take the plunge”
Synonyms
submit
accept or undergo, often unwillingly
Type of:
experience, get, have, receive
go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

v be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

“She took a chill”
Synonyms:
contract, get
catch
contract
Types:
catch
contract
catch cold
come down with a cold
Type of:
come down, sicken
get sick
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v require (time or space)

“It took three hours to get to work this morning”
Synonyms:
occupy, use up
consume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
use up (resources or materials)
Types:
be
spend or use time
Type of:
expend, use
use up, consume fully

v require as useful, just, or proper

“It takes nerve to do what she did”
Synonyms:
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require
claim, exact
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Antonyms:
eliminate, obviate, rid of
do away with
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claim, exact
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
govern
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
draw
require a specified depth for floating
cost
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
cry for, cry out for
need badly or desperately
compel
necessitate or exact

v take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

“The hard work took its toll on her”
Synonyms:
claim, exact
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require
require as useful, just, or proper
Type of:
ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require
require as useful, just, or proper
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v carry out

take action”
take steps”
take vengeance”
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

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

Take a swipe at one's opponent”
Synonyms:
aim, direct, take aim, train
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aim, direct, place, point, target
intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
draw a bead on
aim with a gun
hold
aim, point, or direct
turn
direct at someone
swing
hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
charge, level, point
direct into a position for use
level
aim at
sight
take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
address
direct a question at someone
home in, range in, zero in
direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
Type of:
position
cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

v make a film or photograph of something

take a scene”
Synonyms:
film, shoot
photograph, shoot, snap
record on photographic film
Types:
reshoot
shoot again
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

n the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption

Types:
retake
a shot or scene that is photographed again
Type of:
cinematography, filming, motion-picture photography
the act of making a film
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v develop a habit

“He took to visiting bars”
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