Definition of be taken ill in English:

be taken ill


  • Become ill suddenly.

    • ‘The man behind the world's tallest and fastest rollercoaster has died suddenly after being taken ill during a party.’
    • ‘Five people were killed and 17 others were taken ill.’
    • ‘Twelve people died and 5,000 more were taken ill as the nerve agent spread.’
    • ‘Derek was taken ill suddenly in The Caribbean Islands where he was performing as part of an entertainment special on board a cruise ship.’
    • ‘All proceeds from the event will go to St Mary's Hospice, where Mr Bolton was cared for after suddenly being taken ill in September 2003 with a cancerous brain tumour.’
    • ‘He was a youthful 70 years old and appeared fit and healthy and indeed was taken ill and died suddenly while playing a game of golf on Monday.’
    • ‘Yet if you were taken ill in the United States, for example, the cost of private medical treatment could be ruinous.’
    • ‘He was taken ill in the last two weeks and the suddenness of his departure left the whole community shocked and numb.’
    • ‘Latest figures suggest that about 6,000 service personnel engaged in the first Gulf War were taken ill afterwards and that some 600 have died.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Emma is taken ill and having horrible dreams at night.’
    become ill, fall ill, be taken ill, be taken sick, catch something
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