Definition of retake in US English:


verbretaken, retook

[with object]
Pronunciation /rēˈtāk//riˈteɪk/
  • 1Take (something) again.

    ‘he retook the oath of office’
    1. 1.1 Take (a test or examination) again after a failure or irregularity.
      ‘Dan had to retake his driving test’
      • ‘Robinson's brother had no choice but to retake his final exams to ensure a place at an Oxbridge college.’
      • ‘All of her teachers had sympathy on her, since she was their favorite student, they allowed her to retake tests and makeup missed work.’
      • ‘School finished, she had retaken her test, and then stomped out of the school.’
      • ‘She later retook her finals and was awarded a third class degree - the most she could be awarded under the regulations following a resit.’
      • ‘Several educators have shown that undergraduates, whether individually or in groups, demonstrated a higher degree of comprehension when provided the opportunity to retake quizzes or exams.’
      • ‘So he needed to wait until the next year to go back to school and retake the entrance examinations.’
      • ‘I stepped up and slotted it home but the referee ordered a re-take because of encroachment!’
      • ‘In February he cleared the most important hurdle, successfully retaking the ethics portion of the bar exam.’
      • ‘She failed 4 papers, which meant that she would have to retake the examination.’
      • ‘Hastings was also banned for two years and ordered to re-take his driving test.’
      • ‘The students have to retake all their exams.’
      • ‘Mazibuko stepped up and buried the ball in the back of the net but referee Daniel Bennet ordered the re-take.’
      • ‘I passed every single class on time, and I didn't have to go back and retake a single test.’
      • ‘I have to retake my quiz tomorrow, if I come to school.’
      • ‘Student's tests are never repeated, therefore, they are prevented from retaking the same test items over and over again to improve their test scores.’
      • ‘Some of these drivers look as though they need to retake their driving test.’
      • ‘But, because he did not retake his driving test, he was still banned.’
    2. 1.2 Regain possession or control of.
      ‘in 799 the Moors retook Barcelona’
      • ‘He tried to take advantage of Henry's religious imbroglio and retake Northumbria, but was captured at Alnwick and only got out of a dungeon in Norman Falaise by swearing fealty.’
      • ‘Burgundian partisans immediately retook control of the royal government in Paris.’
      • ‘However, as the Austrians retook Bohemia, a French army overran most of Bavaria, where the Elector of Bavaria led another army that joined forces with the French.’
      • ‘The ground which the partisans retake is, of course, poisoned ground - an excellent symbol for the results of civil war.’
      • ‘In 1755 he served under Saunders in North America, in 1759 was at Quiberon Bay with Hawke, and in 1761, off Belle Île, retook the Warwick from the French in a fierce contest.’
      • ‘In March, however, she retook control and now sells her wines exclusively from her tasting room and online.’
      • ‘The Confederates launched a single counterattack aimed at retaking the sunken road, but failed to dislodge the Union.’
      • ‘Gibraltar was besieged, in 1309, and retaken from the Moors by Alonzo de Guzman.’
      • ‘In 1815, Cajuns joined Andrew Jackson in preventing the British from retaking the United States.’
      • ‘Ramirez sat down, and typed in his personal code, overriding the General's fail-safes and security measures as he retook control of the automated defence systems.’
      • ‘The earliest stronghold here was probably founded in 1108 by the Norman adventurer Gerald of Windsor, but was taken and retaken several times during the next century.’
      • ‘They retook Jerusalem in July 1099, creating Crusader states which would last for almost two centuries and bequeathing an enduring legacy which continues to influence the Christian and Islamic worlds today.’
      • ‘There were strikes and chaos and soon there was a civil war, and the surviving three thousand members begged the government to retake control.’
      • ‘Lord Upjohn too recognised the distinction between the taking of property to prevent it being of use to the enemy and the destruction of property caused by artillery in, for example, retaking a town from the enemy.’
      • ‘The occupation forces still have not been successful in retaking complete control of all cities.’
      • ‘The 18th century saw incessant warfare between the colonial powers, towns repeatedly sacked, and islands taken and retaken, often for use as bargaining counters at the peace.’
      • ‘South Africa (the Cape of Good Hope) was first conquered from the Dutch in 1795, subsequently retaken in 1806, and finally retained for its strategic significance in 1815.’
      • ‘He offered me the support of the Babylonians if I would declare myself and retake not just Malia, but all of Crete.’
      • ‘‘Perhaps we should retake control of the ship first,’ Alexander said as they left the hold.’
      • ‘Mirror was helping Geoff and Tara to construct a plan to retake the city.’
      retrieve, regain, regain possession of, get back, win back, take back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, recapture, redeem
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    3. 1.3 Reshoot (a movie sequence or photograph) or rerecord (a piece of music).
      • ‘The message states that it is the Soldiers' responsibility to inform their unit commander if they reject the photo, and to make arrangements with the photo lab to have their photo retaken.’
      • ‘The scenes you did today were the only ones you guys had to retake.’
      • ‘What you hear in the concert hall is not the same as what you can hear in a studio recording, when numerous opportunities to retake and to ‘groom’ the sound are available.’
      • ‘After the initial pictures, he filled some of the containers with the different colored water and retook the pictures.’
      • ‘Photographs were retaken with a digital camera and then imported into the iMovie programme.’
      • ‘To my dismay David had to retake most of my shots so I think I was practically the last model left.’


Pronunciation /ˈriˌteɪk//ˈrēˌtāk/
  • 1A thing that is retaken, especially a test or examination.

    • ‘The students eventually did re-take the exam; once again they received excellent scores.’
    • ‘Students are examined at the end of every module, i.e. generally twice a year (often with retakes before the start of the new academic year).’
    • ‘I'll ask your math teacher and try to arrange for a retake of the test.’
    1. 1.1 An instance of filming a scene, taking a photograph, or recording a piece of music again.
      • ‘But a demo or live show takes the musician out of the safety net of retakes and production trickery that a recording studio provides.’
      • ‘‘Nothing was ever shot twice; there were no retakes or multiple camera angles,’ the filmmaker explains.’
      • ‘Minus a live audience, denied the intimacy and power of the theatre, and presumably subject to film's requirement of takes and retakes, the whole enterprise was drained of its vitality.’
      • ‘According to reports, he even ordered several retakes to get the now famous stair descent scene ‘just right.’’
      • ‘Principal shooting began on April 7, 1942 and ended on June 23, with some retakes in early July.’
      • ‘Before shooting, my legs have to be filled with energy and the more retakes there are, the more concentrated is this energy.’
      • ‘Just to be fair, he made his wife, Dolores, do a retake on her song, too.’
      • ‘But ‘Seems Fine Shuffle,’ which closes the set, is a fun retake on one of The Concretes' better tracks, and is what compilations like this are for.’
      • ‘The quality of the playing is rougher than it would be in Los Angeles, but of course a live broadcast doesn't offer the opportunity for retakes.’
      • ‘Did you prefer, as actor, working on film, where you had the luxury of retakes, or working on ‘Newhart’ with the live audience right in front of you?’
      • ‘They did not need to be funny, they did not need character development, and there was definitely no need for retakes, continuity, or logical plot.’
      • ‘After many retakes and recriminations, he finally manages to muddle through, and the session comes to an end.’
      • ‘This homogenous quality was frequently heightened in post-production by the insertion of retakes that were often made without the participation of the original director.’
      • ‘He points out that there were no retakes on the Garbo-Gilbert love scene: ‘Gilbert's daughter said you can see these two terribly attractive people falling in love with each other on the screen before your very eyes.’’
      • ‘But she got a telegram from Dick Avadon and had to rush to Paris for retakes.’
      • ‘The only problem with recordings is that you have to do so many retakes.’
      • ‘At times he was free-wheeling, and there are moments on this disc where today's violinists or producers probably would have asked for a retake.’
      • ‘That these four tracks were recorded live offers the listener an opportunity to hear this quintet in the raw, without the safety net of a producer demanding a retake.’
      • ‘But you might notice some editing - no doubt a few retakes were done after the performance.’
      • ‘Apparently, the first remastered DVD has been released already in Japan and this will be followed by a new DVD box set containing all 26 episodes, a retake of Episode 4 and special features.’