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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twelve people died and 5,000 more were taken ill as the nerve agent spread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Emma is taken ill and having horrible dreams at night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Derek was taken ill suddenly in The Caribbean Islands where he was performing as part of an entertainment special on board a cruise ship.’
    • ‘Five people were killed and 17 others were taken ill.’
    • ‘He was taken ill in the last two weeks and the suddenness of his departure left the whole community shocked and numb.’
    become ill, fall ill, be taken ill, be taken sick, catch something
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