Definition of take in English:



  • 1Lay hold of (something) with one's hands; reach for and hold.

    ‘he leaned forward to take her hand’
    • ‘Ben reached across and took her hand and placed it upon the gear and maneuvered it to change it to reverse.’
    • ‘My mother was reaching out and nervously taking Zachary's hand after my father had released grip of it.’
    • ‘Slowly the girl reached out and took the bowl and started to drink from the rim.’
    • ‘He reaches over, takes my hand, and I just squeeze my eyes tight and try not to hold on too hard.’
    • ‘She reached over and took Skyler's hand then raised his chin to look him straight in the eye.’
    • ‘He stood up, reaching out and taking her hand so that they walked together from the courtyard.’
    • ‘Ariane smiled taking the reins, reaching over she planted a kiss on the old man's cheek.’
    • ‘Devon's blue eyes softened almost immediately and he leaned forward to take my hand from my lap.’
    • ‘He reached out to take her hand, but halted, his attention turning elsewhere.’
    • ‘As she reached over to take my tray, she frowned then squinted at a glinting object in the seat in front of me.’
    • ‘The giant reached down and took his son by the hand, leading him off to a nearby creek.’
    • ‘She reached out and took his wrist, holding it in place as she wrote her phone number on the back of his hand.’
    • ‘He held out his hand to her and she gnawed on her lip as she reached out and took the extended limb.’
    • ‘She reached over, took the black brush and started to brush her long, silky hair.’
    • ‘I reached my good arm up to Alexei and he took my hand, clutching it reassuringly.’
    • ‘Claire reached out to take her arm, shifting carefully on her makeshift lounger.’
    • ‘When she looked up at him he placed a fresh smile upon his lips and reached out to take her hand.’
    • ‘Mack agreed, taking the ticket and placing it in his upper coat pocket so that the edges peeked out.’
    • ‘Lacey reached forward and took it, her eyes briefly skimming over the first few pages.’
    • ‘She reached out and took my hand.’
    lay hold of, take hold of, get hold of, get into one's hands
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    1. 1.1Remove (someone or something) from a particular place.
      ‘he took an envelope from his inside pocket’
      ‘the police took him away’
      • ‘What would happen if everyone took his or her money out of the bank at the same time?’
      • ‘This is not just water but water taken from the algae-green trough in the field.’
      • ‘He reached out and took the bag from her, turning it so the pills dropped in his hand.’
      • ‘Travis reached up and took the flower from my mouth and dropped it on the floor carelessly.’
      • ‘I reached over and took a bottle of milk from its bag and gently put it in its mouth.’
      • ‘They then inserted an extra bovine protein gene taken from a cow cell into the embryos.’
      • ‘I am a big fainter when it comes to getting blood taken from me, so this was just ick ick ick.’
      • ‘It's like the Daily Star with all the news and sport taken out, only rather less highbrow.’
      • ‘Silver took out a key and locked the door, ensuring that the boy couldn't escape.’
      • ‘Blood taken from a donor will tend to coagulate rapidly unless it is mixed with an anticoagulant.’
      • ‘Much of the excellent seafood taken from coastal waters is salted and dried and sent inland.’
      • ‘He reaches out and takes the pins from her hair, so it loosens in sections, unfolding around her.’
      • ‘Stagecoach staff managed to stop him driving off and the police came to take him away in a van.’
      • ‘The animals will be taken from a national park in Gujarat and released in the forests of Etawah.’
      • ‘The debris taken from the pool is visible to all on the northern bank of the pool.’
      • ‘Her husband Stephen had died four years earlier and she fought a long legal battle to use sperm taken from him before he died.’
      • ‘Don Broder took it from his brother in 1973 and kept it mounted it on the wall of his family room.’
      • ‘Kellye's son, Bryce, was 17; she'd taken him out of high school the previous year to homeschool him after catching him smoking pot.’
      • ‘The substance freshly taken from the honeycomb has a distinctive taste, scent, texture, and so on.’
      • ‘Fluid taken from Mr Wilson's lung contained traces of blood, sometimes evidence of cancer.’
      remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish
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    2. 1.2Consume as food, drink, medicine, or drugs.
      ‘take an aspirin and lie down’
      • ‘For colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, aloe vera can be taken as a drink.’
      • ‘It is taken by around two million people in the UK - in Germany, it's available on prescription.’
      • ‘Unfortunately these substances have been taken illicitly by athletes for body-building.’
      • ‘They work best when taken regularly from the time when either pain or bleeding starts or the day before a period is due.’
      • ‘He's a fascinating character, albeit a frustratingly incoherent one when the copious drugs he takes are in full flow.’
      • ‘When we arrived at the house, John took a good few pink tablets and drank whiskey and cans of cider.’
      • ‘If only the Army knew, some of their best soldiers in the battalion are taking or have taken drugs.’
      • ‘Young smokers are also more likely to drink alcohol or take illicit drugs.’
      • ‘She would say that she wanted to get away from the life but the drugs she took controlled everything.’
      • ‘While taking drugs he was, in effect, harming no one but himself whereas with the alcohol he was a danger to others.’
      • ‘I would like to know what drugs he was taking, such was his endless energy throughout.’
      • ‘Mr.A told us that he now realises the danger to himself if he does not continue to abstain from taking illicit drugs.’
      • ‘This comes down to your personal choice and drugs education, if you take these harder drugs.’
      • ‘Was he caught stealing, taking drugs or was he a victim of homosexual abuse?’
      • ‘Young drivers also appear willing to accept lifts from drivers they know to have taken illicit substances.’
      • ‘When he got caught taking other drugs they would increase his methadone script so that he didn't need any other drugs.’
      • ‘Her family insist authorities knew she and her boyfriend were taking drugs together.’
      • ‘The years roll by, and you continue to steal, take drugs, and carry and use a blade.’
      • ‘Currently insulin cannot be taken in a pill because the hormone is broken down by powerful acids in the stomach.’
      • ‘It is thought she and four other women who became ill on the night she died, had taken drugs stolen from a trolley.’
      drink, imbibe
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    3. 1.3Capture or gain possession of by force or military means.
      ‘twenty of their ships were sunk or taken’
      ‘the French took Ghent’
      • ‘The Soviet forces took more than 30,000 Romanian prisoners and all their equipment.’
      • ‘In November 1919 Kiev was briefly taken by the White armies before being occupied by the Red Army.’
      • ‘He had already taken Cologne, where he was reputed to have massacred 11,000 virgins.’
      • ‘If, in addition, Russia takes Galicia, an early bath for Austria is on the cards.’
      • ‘He had himself proclaimed king at Ravenna in 494 after taking back Italy from Odoacer.’
      • ‘The victims had been removed from a hospital by members of a Yugoslav army force which had taken Vukovar.’
      • ‘After the German armies took Prague, Hájek was forced to work for the German armament industry.’
      • ‘In fact, the failure of the German army to take Paris was seen as a failure and Moltke was held responsible.’
      • ‘In May 1940 German forces invaded France and had taken Paris by the middle of June.’
      • ‘Henry Joy McCracken's United Army of Ulster took Larne and Antrim but was defeated.’
      capture, seize, catch, take captive, arrest, apprehend, take into custody
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    4. 1.4(in bridge, hearts, and similar card games) win (a trick)
      • ‘The last trick, taken by West, is irrelevant because it contains no point cards.’
      • ‘If the declarer succeeds in taking no tricks, the defenders are not penalized.’
      • ‘Next, if declarer has taken fewer than 6 tricks he pays a penalty of 20 units to the pot.’
      • ‘Sometimes there is bidding to determine the number of tricks to be taken.’
      • ‘However, some play that the declarer who takes 8 or more tricks wins nothing at all.’
    5. 1.5Chess Capture (an opposing piece or pawn)
      • ‘If the black king takes the rook, black loses the queen.’
    6. 1.6Dispossess someone of (something); steal or illicitly remove.
      ‘someone must have sneaked in here and taken it’
      • ‘The theft was the third at the shop in the space of only eight weeks, although it is the first in which actual shop stock has been taken.’
      • ‘The third unvirtuous action of the body is stealing, which means taking something that does not belong to us.’
      • ‘There always has to be somebody in the tent to prevent thieves from taking the paltry property they have left.’
      • ‘Auditors were called in, but the true amount of money taken by Lucas could not be fully determined.’
      • ‘It is alleged that nearly £18,000 was taken in the raid when two members of staff were injured.’
      • ‘Jack is a thief, he takes one card from the top of your opponent's deck and adds it to your hand.’
      • ‘Bint also admitted using a credit card taken from an elderly man in Hemel Hempstead Hospital who has since died.’
      • ‘She looked around for the horses, but the highwaymen had obviously taken them.’
      • ‘Alarms can deter thieves from not only stealing your van, but also taking items from within it.’
      • ‘To this date every item that has been stolen was taken from the dwelling of the owner.’
      • ‘Of all things in the house he could have stolen, he'd taken nothing more than a picture of her.’
      • ‘Two-thirds of the 282 light commercial vehicles under three years old stolen between November 2001 and November 2002 were taken with their keys.’
      • ‘It was only after he left that his victim realised her money had been taken.’
      • ‘Anse blesses and resents Addie for dying, and then takes Dewey Dell's money and leaves.’
      • ‘Nothing was stolen from the shop and nothing was taken from Mr Hussain.’
      • ‘They had a conversation with him and he later discovered that the money had been taken.’
      • ‘Sections of the churchyard and a whole path were dug up and stones taken in the last two years in six separate raids.’
      • ‘Crimes such as taking something from the office or asking a friend to bend the rules might involve only minor damage, but set up a vicious cycle.’
      • ‘People using cash machines are being warned to be on the alert, after four customers had their cash cards taken.’
      • ‘He didn't say whether any money had been taken but he said that he was not hurt.’
      steal, remove, appropriate, misappropriate, make off with, pilfer, purloin, abstract, dispossess someone of
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    7. 1.7Cheat (someone) of something.
      ‘can I get taken by buying mutual funds?’
      • ‘Looking around me at people I know, I see, time and time again, how people get taken by employers.’
    8. 1.8Subtract.
      ‘take two from ten’
      ‘add the numbers together and take away five’
      • ‘Take two from four, how many are left?’
      • ‘I have eighteen cents and take away five cents to buy a 'scratch-book,' and have thirteen.’
      subtract, deduct, remove, take away, take off
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    9. 1.9Occupy (a place or position)
      ‘we found that all the seats were taken’
      • ‘Just as the show was about to begin the two vacant seats beside me were suddenly taken.’
      • ‘She takes her seat and steals a brief glance at the magnificent view to her side.’
      • ‘When it arises as the first branch, it takes the place usually occupied by the brachiocephalic.’
      • ‘Lone riders can walk straight to the front of the queue and take the first available seats.’
      • ‘The council meeting takes off as the Mayor clad in ceremonial attire takes the high backed chair on the dais at the stroke of the bell.’
      • ‘I presented my paper at the first session and, relieved it was over, took the nearest free seat.’
      • ‘So this was the seat that I took, next to the aisle, and a man was sitting next to me.’
      • ‘While my brother took the first seat, he would occupy the last one, sandwiching me between both of them.’
      sit down, sit, seat oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself down, plop oneself down
      flump, perch
      take a pew, plonk oneself down
      occupy, use, utilize, fill, hold
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    10. 1.10Buy or rent (a house)
      • ‘After Nelson's victory at Copenhagen, she considered taking a London house again but feared the expense.’
      rent, lease, hire, charter
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    11. 1.11Agree to buy (an item)
      ‘I'll take the one on the end’
      • ‘He has agreed to take a total of 48 and they are currently arriving in batches.’
    12. 1.12Gain or acquire (possession or ownership of something)
      ‘he took possession of a unique Picasso ceramic piece’
      • ‘Conveyancers are repeatedly urged by the courts to ensure that, where legal title is taken by more than one person, the beneficial ownership is thus spelt out.’
      • ‘This army easily took possession of the pastures of Medina and did great harm to the crops.’
    13. 1.13humorous (of a person) already be married or in an emotional relationship.
      • ‘But the idea of hugging a man who was already taken was a bad idea to her so she didn't hug him.’
      • ‘I lost my chance at that and every good looking guy here is already taken.’
    14. 1.14[in imperative]Use or have ready to use.
      ‘take half the marzipan and roll out’
      • ‘Take half the sugar, half the cream and half the butter and combine with the dark chocolate in a good, thick-bottomed pan.’
      • ‘My father would take a knife, reach up and disembowel the animal with a few flicks of his wrist.’
      • ‘Perhaps take a very tiny amount of the ashes and sprinkle it in kitty's food or water.’
    15. 1.15[usually in imperative]Use as an instance or example in support of an argument.
      ‘let's take Napoleon, for instance’
      • ‘If we take Baghdad as an example, there was incredible chaos after the war.’
      • ‘Just take for example, you and I were at a party and we had a bit of an argument and it got a little bit out of hand.’
      • ‘Let us take Far Cry for example - a game that uses the Split Frame Rendering technique.’
      • ‘It takes for example over 80-90 years for an Oak tree to become large enough to be useful.’
      • ‘Some of the stuff they do must actually hurt, take for example the Hardy Boys.’
      • ‘To take only one example, the CWI used Youth Against Racism in Europe in much the same way.’
      • ‘Now if you take the County games, the Aborigines were beaten in most of those, if not all.’
      • ‘Another example we might take is the fact that human beings have hearts on the left of their bodies.’
      • ‘For instance, take the other day when I call Pebbles in Spain and her mom picks up the phone.’
      consider, ponder, contemplate, think about, weigh up, give thought to, mull over, deliberate over, examine, study, cogitate about, chew over, meditate over, ruminate over
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    16. 1.16Regularly buy or subscribe to (a particular newspaper or periodical)
      • ‘I took the magazine for a year but did not renew it.’
      subscribe to, pay a subscription to, buy regularly, read regularly, read every day, read every month, read every week
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    17. 1.17Ascertain by measurement or observation.
      ‘the nurse takes my blood pressure’
      • ‘Mr Murphy said they agreed it was a nuisance and were due to return to take further measurements.’
      • ‘It appears that measurements had been taken but not submitted at the previous hearing.’
      • ‘The nurse takes the child's vital signs and assesses his or her oral cavity for any excessive bleeding.’
      • ‘She said Miss Ofuri was behaving belligerently and refused to allow her blood pressure to be taken.’
      ascertain, determine, establish, measure, find out, discover
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    18. 1.18Write down.
      ‘he was taking notes’
      • ‘Notes taken at the time were incomplete and a summary of the interview was drawn up only afterwards.’
      • ‘I have a set of notes that I took when I went to see a Maxwell Bates exhibit on Thursday.’
      • ‘He relied on what volumes he could get and the notes he had taken on the books he had read.’
      • ‘Christopher Hitchens may have learned shorthand and taken better notes than the rest of us, but I doubt it.’
      • ‘In an ideal world it would also link to the collaborative Hydra notes that were taken for pretty much every session.’
      • ‘Kathy took a few more notes before watching the interviews from the back of the room.’
      • ‘He will have watched Celtic play under Dalglish and will have taken enough notes to fill a book on their style of play.’
      • ‘By taking notes he wanted Sydney to write down all the important parts and help him make a decision.’
      • ‘Either his friend had been taking notes these past several months, or he was a fast learner.’
      write, make a note of, set down, scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper
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    19. 1.19Make (a photograph) with a camera.
      • ‘These works, taken by just four photographers, recall the most dazzling time in movie history.’
      • ‘I explained it was a camera and I was taking photographs of what had been going on on the estate.’
      • ‘This is about artists, and how an artist can be stopped now from taking a photograph.’
      • ‘As an additional safeguard, the firearm also contains a tiny camera which takes a photograph every time it is fired.’
      • ‘There is a chance of winning a digital camera for taking the photograph which best captures the spirit of the challenge.’
      • ‘In 1945 she was photographed taking a leisurely, long-overdue bath in Hitler's tub.’
      • ‘In police custody, his solicitors came with a digital camera and took nineteen photographs of his injuries.’
      • ‘I raised my camera to take a photograph of this to send to Midland Mainline.’
      • ‘Financial help can be given in some cases to assist a visit with us, and photographs can be taken for those unable to travel.’
      • ‘The Canon photo management software creates one new directory for each day photographs have been taken.’
      • ‘Incidentally, the camera allows us to take snapshots while it is recording a video.’
      • ‘Mo came round today with her digital camera and took a photograph of what will probably be my image on the publicity.’
      • ‘A hidden camera secretly takes a close-up photo of the shopper's face.’
      • ‘Camera control also takes some getting used to but after a while I found it intuitive.’
      • ‘These are select photographs from the newspaper that have been taken from different angles.’
      • ‘After the engagement, Basharat had taken some photographs and video clips of the girl.’
      • ‘A tube poster featuring this caught my eye, because I recently took a very similar photograph.’
      • ‘I took the cheapo digital camera with me, but to be honest - you don't wanna see this place.’
      • ‘If clear photographs can be taken, then an efficient counting system is in place.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, we could not stop to take photographs as the bus raced past the scenes.’
    20. 1.20(especially of illness) suddenly strike or afflict (someone)
      ‘he was taken with a seizure of some kind’
      • ‘Garret Westerfield was taken with a seizure or fit.’
    21. 1.21Have sexual intercourse with.
      • ‘He took her violently and they shook and trembled as they came together.’
  • 2Carry or bring with one; convey.

    ‘he took along a portfolio of his drawings’
    ‘the drive takes you through some wonderful scenery’
    [with two objects] ‘I took him a letter’
    • ‘She was taken to a police car and then up to Bradford Royal Infirmary.’
    • ‘Once the phone is charged, it can be taken anywhere inside the house as with a cordless phone.’
    • ‘She went there on the day she took her Housing Benefit form and she asked for a change in circumstances form.’
    • ‘He took the ball forward only to fall but McKinnon was well - placed to flick it past keeper Nicky Walker.’
    • ‘Donations of items to sell can be taken along, or if they are too large call in to arrange collection.’
    • ‘Any items for the sale can be taken to the club or the Wiltshire Times offices in Duke Street.’
    • ‘An ambulance was called and Mr Greally was taken to York Hospital and later transferred to Leeds.’
    • ‘The next morning, the yacht had already been taken to the repair yard.’
    • ‘Ed's job often takes him to Manchester and London and he has noticed how fashion works in the city and has been shopping for a more modern look in Kendal.’
    • ‘No matter where his mission takes him, he'll never be beyond the reach of God's protection.’
    • ‘The injured were taken to City Road Hospital, lately home to the great Dalrymple.’
    • ‘They should be taken into the house about the beginning of November and wintered on hay and a few turnips at each end of the day.’
    • ‘His remains will be taken home for burial in Kilconduff Cemetery after Requiem Mass.’
    • ‘His job routinely takes him to Minnesota, London, Munich, the Netherlands and New York.’
    • ‘It was now early evening and I decided that the next lift I accepted would have to take me quite a distance.’
    • ‘However, King Scallops collected from the area must still be taken to an approved plant for processing.’
    • ‘After spending time living in Harrow, her job took her to Tokyo where she met her husband Shigetoshi.’
    • ‘The woman was taken to hospital and received treatment for a minor head injury.’
    • ‘Her job took her to New Delhi, London and finally to Chennai, where she had always wanted to be.’
    • ‘Walsh took the ball forward and off loaded to Coulter who had made a blistering run before firing over.’
    bring, carry, bear, transport, convey, move, transfer, shift, haul, drag, lug, cart, ferry
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    1. 2.1Accompany or guide (someone) to a specified place.
      ‘I'll take you to your room’
      • ‘We exited the lift and were taken through a pitch dark passage into a room full of cages where a strange lady talked to us.’
      • ‘Reyna Johnson, nice girl extraordinaire, had accepted his offer to take her to homecoming.’
      • ‘His guide took him to visit a forest tribe said to have stopped eating human flesh only five years previously.’
      • ‘Our guides then took us to a creek that was said to be one of the hardest in Norway.’
      • ‘Later the guide takes us to a souvenir shop run by a friend of his.’
      • ‘Upon arriving home from work on Friday, I discovered that my wife had taken Zachery out for dinner and shopping, giving me a quiet house and no dinner company.’
      • ‘One of her chores was taking the family's horses out to pasture, within view of the house.’
      • ‘Once you know what is expected, go shopping but take somebody you trust with you.’
      • ‘His mother was a devoted Buddhist and she took Teiji, when he was a young child, with her when she went to the temple.’
      • ‘We believe Sims was waiting for her near the house and took her away to a green area at the back of the house.’
      • ‘Each week we will pull out the name of a winner who will receive a voucher to take their friends or family for a meal at Chicago Rock.’
      • ‘I had taken Katie out to dinner and we had a really nice time.’
      • ‘My task was to take him for a spin and let him cast his expert eye over my driving skills… or lack of them.’
      • ‘If anyone rich reads this, can they please bung me some money so I can take her away for a short holiday?’
      • ‘Police were sent to the house and Berry was taken to her grandma's by officers.’
      • ‘Mom was at my sister's house and had to be taken home to prepare a room for Marie.’
      • ‘We took Lucy along because Dad loves to see her and tries in vain to get her to play fetch the ball.’
      • ‘This morning I went to take Penelope shopping but she was not at all up for it.’
      • ‘He also takes Bury Gateway Club members away on adventure weekends every year.’
      • ‘Some parents will get in touch with the service to let them know where their children are to be taken that night.’
      escort, accompany, help, assist, show, lead, show someone the way, lead the way, conduct, guide, see, usher, steer, pilot, shepherd, convey
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    2. 2.2Bring into a specified state.
      ‘the invasion took Europe to the brink of war’
      • ‘Campbell was not the first, then, but he was very good at his job and he took the art of spin to new heights, in Britain, at least.’
      • ‘Focused massage itself induces a meditative state in the giver as well as the receiver, taking brain wave patterns into alpha.’
      • ‘Road to Rome takes Battlefield to the next level, with extremely well designed levels.’
      • ‘Tony Blair refuses to accept responsibility for taking us to war on a pack of lies.’
      • ‘When Craig Waters makes his statement, we will be taking that live, so stand by for that.’
      • ‘A riveting, Hindi-filmi court case takes the story towards a brilliant finale.’
      • ‘They have ridden out the troubles once before and they are determined to do the same again, but this time by taking City into Division Two.’
      • ‘Fowler was seen as the man to take City upwards and onwards in the next four years.’
      • ‘He takes the Dingwall club from division three to division one in his six-year tenure.’
      • ‘In spite of a spirited comeback that took Tan to within three points, she held on to win comfortably.’
      • ‘These goals need to be met without taking large additional amounts of land into agricultural use.’
      • ‘Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see George Street being taken to new heights.’
      • ‘She has a tough job taking Standard Life into profit and holding onto customers that have begun to drift away.’
      • ‘We wanted to take Park & Ride to the next level and we are delighted they are coming.’
      • ‘The law also could make some boards more cautious about agreeing to take a company private.’
      • ‘The Nazi regime had taken Germany to war in 1939 and Siegel felt that he could no longer remain in his native land.’
    3. 2.3Use as a route or a means of transportation.
      ‘take 95 north to Baltimore’
      ‘we took the night train to Scotland’
      • ‘We took a First ScotRail train, which has a picturesque route, from Edinburgh to Dunkeld.’
      • ‘If you only want to get there, you take the quickest route and worry about nothing else.’
      • ‘They take the shortest possible route but do not know the height of their vehicle.’
      • ‘The route he took was popular with tourists but regarded by locals as treacherous.’
      • ‘The youth had been out for the evening in Kingston with friends and had taken the N285 night bus home.’
      • ‘It had taken them just about two days to get there taking the most direct route possible.’
      • ‘Schoolchildren were instead taking a longer route via Leigh Road and Chestnut Avenue.’
      • ‘She wanted to approach Genevieve's by the route she had always taken in the past.’
      • ‘On the way home, he argued with the taxi driver about the route he was taking and the price of the fare.’
      • ‘Now the route Les took from the dock to a waiting prison van will be part of a tour on an open day at the courthouse in Bexley Square.’
      • ‘Knowing what the trains are like I deliberately took an earlier train, only to have it run perfectly on time.’
      • ‘We decided on a walk, and thought why not do a real walk, and decided on the route we are taking.’
      • ‘Mr Langdale asked why he was unable to say exactly which route he had taken.’
      • ‘So we're taking a rather circuitous route to Waterloo so I can pick them up.’
      • ‘Without a doubt, this was the most luxurious form of transport I have ever taken.’
      • ‘They took my 1996 route to the pub, I beat them with my new one, and we had a nice drink in the sunshine.’
      • ‘If not we can expect even more commercial vehicles taking the shortest route through.’
      • ‘Unlike the meandering trip into the desert, the return journey takes the most direct route home.’
      • ‘Each and every minute detail was worked out as to which car would enter first and which escape routes we should be taking.’
      • ‘We've now worked out the route they took - one went over his fence, and let the other in by the gate.’
      travel on, travel by, journey on, go via
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  • 3Accept or receive (someone or something)

    ‘she was advised to take any job offered’
    ‘they don't take children’
    • ‘They have already taken a Government assurance when they provided the information.’
    • ‘A lump sum is only achievable by taking a lower pension as a result, literally cashing in part of your retirement income.’
    • ‘McCarthy is a good manager, in my opinion, much better now that when he took the job six years ago.’
    • ‘No away shirts are with the club at the moment but orders in all sizes are being taken.’
    • ‘Names are being taken for anyone interested in joining the Mosse brownie pack.’
    • ‘Applications are currently being taken for the new course about to start in September.’
    • ‘We readily accepted, and took delivery of the pilot showreel the next day for an internal focus group.’
    • ‘This way, students will not be wasting their number one rankings on jobs that are already taken.’
    • ‘Boris should have never agreed to take the call or do the show if it required taking that call.’
    • ‘Crucial is currently quoting as below, with a ten per cent discount for orders taken online.’
    • ‘If they offered you the Irish manager's job would you take it, I ask mischievously.’
    • ‘Initially he took a teaching position at a Latin school in Enkhuizen, North Holland.’
    • ‘Names are now being taken so if interested book a place as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Each year City of York Council asks schools if the number of new children they are taking each year is acceptable.’
    • ‘Barry is torn between kicking out the man who is about to despoil his daughter and taking his much needed rent money.’
    • ‘Orders are now being taken for all sizes and are available in navy blue and black.’
    • ‘With an ever increasing demand for places, names are now being taken for the new year in September.’
    • ‘Bookings for travel to the forthcoming games at Coventry and Nottingham Forest are still begin taken.’
    • ‘He found his dyslexia made it difficult to get a job and took a string of short-term posts.’
    • ‘Names will be taken from those who intend travelling on next year's pilgrimage to Lourdes.’
    receive, obtain, gain, get, acquire, collect, accept, be given, be presented with, be awarded, have conferred on one
    accept, take up, take on, undertake
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    1. 3.1Understand or accept as valid.
      ‘I take your point’
      • ‘I take your point, and agree somewhat, but disagree somewhat.’
      understand, grasp, get, comprehend, apprehend, see, follow, take in
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    2. 3.2Acquire or assume (a position, state, or form)
      ‘teaching methods will take various forms’
      ‘he took office in September’
      • ‘In any case, Coyle's men did take a first minute lead with Dens defender Bobby Mann at fault.’
      • ‘With that the ascent was started - initially Rich leading and then myself taking the poll position.’
      • ‘In taking this position Giddens comes close to American philosopher Richard Rorty.’
      • ‘As he took his Sedgefield seat in 1983, he looked across the House for lessons in leadership.’
      • ‘They took a seventh minute lead with Steve Foster's tap in from Martyn Forrest's cross.’
      • ‘By mutual consent the couple divorced after a son was born and she took the name Bulbul Abdel Magid.’
      • ‘It had all begun very promisingly for Trojans as they almost took a first minute lead.’
      • ‘The only league game played was in division three where Hemingbrough took a fourth minute lead through Ward.’
      • ‘The witness did not, however, condescend to describe the form the cut tobacco took.’
      • ‘It may be that he is right, but I believe he is taking an overly materialistic position.’
      • ‘If he follows the statements he has made in the past, he would be taking a far different position.’
      • ‘Another form luxury fever takes is the appearance of premium versions of everyday products.’
      • ‘The modern world takes a strangely ambiguous position on violence.’
      • ‘The problem with taking the ideologically pure position is that although what the state does will be bad it may not lead to collapse.’
      • ‘With the wind, Pocklington took a seventh minute lead through Kevin Bowling's long penalty.’
      • ‘If the call takes a sudden emotional or personal turn, get up quietly and signal that you are going out to the waiting room.’
      • ‘Not that The Sun is in a position to take the moral high ground on anything.’
      • ‘Trojans soon steadied the ship and took a seventh minute lead through top scorer Gareth Goodison.’
      • ‘She and Pa took a steamboat to Greenwich, where she married her love, who had taken the name Rokesmith.’
      • ‘In a fast and attacking game it was King William who took a fifth minute lead through an own goal.’
      derive, draw, acquire, obtain, get, gain, extract, procure
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    3. 3.3Achieve or attain (a victory or result)
      ‘John Martin took the men's title’
      • ‘Second and third places were taken by, respectively, the Dusit Resort and The City Sriracha.’
      • ‘No Republican president has ever made it to the White House without taking Ohio.’
      • ‘BBC News took the News award for a second time, the only news organisation ever to do so.’
      • ‘Kerry hoped to add to his total with a win in New Hampshire, which Bush barely took in the last election.’
      • ‘Andrus Varnik from Estonia took the silver after reaching 85.17m at his first attempt.’
      • ‘So I'm backing the Red Socks to beat the St Louis Cardinals and take the World Series title.’
      • ‘It was a question of persistence paying off for Andrew Peach who took the Programme Presenter award.’
      • ‘No Republican has ever won the White House without taking Ohio; Democrats have only done so twice.’
      • ‘Both campaigns believe that whoever wins two out of the three will probably take the White House.’
      • ‘Fairweather arrived last season when they foiled Albion's clean sweep by taking the District Cup.’
      • ‘They can take the two seats if they overcome the risk of dragging each other down.’
      • ‘William Hurt took best supporting actor for his role in A History of Violence.’
    4. 3.4Act on (an opportunity)
      ‘he took his chance to get out while the house was quiet’
      • ‘The steed stopped, and took the opportunity to reach down and grab a quick breakfast.’
      • ‘Of course, it also takes the opportunity to receive digital instructions as to how and when to attack its human master.’
      • ‘He accepted the challenge and took his chances and the shots went in.’
      • ‘The manager came in and said it was disappointing but it was a case of Crewe taking their chances and we didn't.’
      • ‘When she looks over at me, Gregory takes the opportunity to reach out and grab her wrist.’
      • ‘My good friend has taken a rather splendid opportunity at work.’
      • ‘For Oxford is a place of seemingly endless opportunities that should be taken and not put off for the sake of your degree.’
      act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump on, pounce on, grasp, grab, snatch, accept, put to advantage, profit from, turn to account, cash in on
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    5. 3.5Experience or be affected by.
      ‘the lad took a savage beating’
      • ‘Scots should take a very keen interest in what happens in our prisons for two reasons, he says.’
      • ‘To answer the first question we have to ask ourselves who actually takes offence at receiving Christmas cards?’
      • ‘He took pride in a job well done and always gave full commitment to any job he undertook.’
      • ‘Long takes a particularly keen interest in developing junior players and has run classes after school and in the holidays.’
      • ‘But the slight decline in revenue is good news compared to the loss Sun took in the quarter.’
      • ‘Jim also took a keen interest in political affairs and loved the atmosphere of election week and count day.’
      • ‘A regular visitor to Mayo, he takes a very keen interest in GAA affairs in this county.’
      • ‘For someone purporting to live in Cumbria he takes a very keen interest in our city…’
      • ‘He has not stopped scoring since and all this after taking a 75 per cent pay cut when he moved to Hanover.’
      • ‘As if spurred on by this, Peebles upped the ante, taking two consecutive strikes against the head.’
    6. 3.6Tolerate, stand.
      ‘I can't take the humidity’
    7. 3.7React to or regard (news or an event) in a specified way.
      ‘she took the news well’
      ‘everything you say, he takes it the wrong way’
      • ‘Defeat was taken with dignity.’
      • ‘Those of us with a cynical bent can all too well imagine how this proposal is being taken in the White House.’
      • ‘Judging by fans who spoke to the newspaper, the news is not being taken well.’
      receive, respond to, react to, meet, greet
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    8. 3.8Deal with (a physical obstacle or course) in a specified way.
      ‘he takes the corners with no concern for his own safety’
      • ‘And then the K1200S takes the corners, like no other bike I’ve ridden.’
    9. 3.9Baseball (of a batter) allow (a pitch) to go by without attempting to hit the ball.
      • ‘First, the team didn't want him to think like a lead-off man, taking pitches to draw walks.’
      • ‘Wilkerson takes too many pitches and often gives himself only one swing per at-bat.’
      • ‘He needs to exhaust pitchers by taking pitches and getting on base more often.’
    10. 3.10Regard or view in a specified way.
      ‘he somehow took it as a personal insult’
      [with object and infinitive] ‘I fell over what I took to be a heavy branch’
      • ‘At first glance, Shannon looks apathetic but an emotion that could be taken for concern flickers in her eyes.’
      • ‘I can tell it's his way of being nice so I take it as a compliment.’
      • ‘For Sirius this occurs in July and this was taken to be the start of the year.’
      • ‘Take some time to regain confidence after this - or should I take it as a compliment?’
      • ‘It was a bold move but Bohr's already high reputation meant that he would be taken seriously.’
      • ‘Im not quite sure who they are but I take it as a compliment that they liked my site enough to copy parts of it.’
      • ‘I'd advice you take everything I write with a pinch of salt anyway, so to speak.’
      • ‘All the girls in the office had taken this to mean that I was devastatingly handsome.’
      • ‘This should not be taken to mean that military intervention is necessarily illegitimate.’
      • ‘Seen from a distance, such armed bands were often taken for brigands themselves, and so the panic spread.’
      • ‘So it's a very difficult role, very difficult job and they're taking it very seriously.’
      • ‘I suggest, however, that statements like these should not be taken too literally.’
      • ‘The BBC, reporting the event, took this as a reference to the Cardinal's red hat and robes.’
      • ‘He said attacks on shop staff could be taken more seriously at Government level.’
      • ‘The cholesterol ratio should not be taken on its own as a predictor of the risk of heart attack or stroke.’
      • ‘They know who she is and there is no question as to whether she should be taken seriously.’
      • ‘The Bible was taken as literal truth, despite the acceptance by most that the Earth revolved around the sun.’
      • ‘Don't take anything that Gibson wrote about as gospel on what Voudoun is about.’
      • ‘Though Jeter takes acting seriously, Krakowski says he knows how to have fun with an audience.’
      • ‘The article was most certainly not intended to be taken as the sum total or even a summation of my feelings about the CU.’
      regard as, consider to be, view as, look on as, see as, believe to be, think of as, reckon to be, imagine to be, deem to be, hold to be, judge to be
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    11. 3.11Be attracted or charmed by.
      ‘Billie was very taken with him’
      • ‘Peter McDonnell fundraises for charity every year and he and Caroline Boyle, who is a practice nurse in Killala, were taken with the idea of the Western People's Slimathon.’
      • ‘Two of them were boys, the one Pip seemed taken with and one he had been standing with.’
      • ‘Pluto, or Hades, rules the underworld but even he was taken by the power of love and lust, for Proserpine.’
      • ‘While enjoying his new life, Barich is taken by the Irish love of National Hunt racing.’
      • ‘And I have been taken with how Best Mate's triumph has captured the imagination of people who are not interested in racing, but are interested in sport.’
      • ‘Roger doesn't notice this, but is taken with how much Carolyn wants to keep David around.’
      • ‘We found we were suddenly quite taken by the emotion of working together again, like an old couple who meet once more.’
      • ‘One interesting thing: they were taken with the quotation of Keith Johnstone in the Guardian yesterday by Chris Goode, to the effect that our present taboos are benevolence and tenderness.’
      • ‘Frontiersmen were taken with the extent to which Native Americans enjoyed freedom as individuals.’
      • ‘Elter is taken with the action of Love's Labours Lost, wherein a group of nobles swear off wine, women, and all pleasure in order to pursue their studies.’
      • ‘There were two students at that class I was taken with, one a girl and one a guy.’
      • ‘I know Dad loves to see Lucy and I'm sure will be taken with Harvey when he finds out he fetches his toys back when you throw them for him.’
      captivate, enchant, charm, delight, attract, win over, fascinate, bewitch, beguile, enthral, entrance, lure, infatuate, seduce, dazzle, hypnotize, mesmerize
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    12. 3.12Submit to, tolerate, or endure.
      ‘they refused to take it any more’
      ‘some people found her hard to take’
      • ‘They were prepared to stand there and take what they were given by the police.’
      • ‘They can usually take what Mother Nature dishes out.’
      • ‘It has been three years of patiently taking rejection, accepting smaller parts, non-speaking roles.’
      • ‘It was a moving and impassioned speech, with a few barbs which Blair had to simply stand there and take.’
      • ‘I have always advocated that players must stand up and take criticism and accept that.’
      • ‘She was so sucked into her own lies she took the abuse and accepted it as a way of life.’
      endure, bear, suffer, tolerate, stand, put up with, stomach, brook, abide, carry, submit to, accept, permit, allow, admit, countenance, support, shoulder
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    13. 3.13[with clause]Assume.
      ‘I take it that someone is coming to meet you’
      • ‘Do I take it then that Boris supports the repeal of devolution in Scotland & Wales?’
      • ‘By now, I take it, the rhythm method of contraception must have passed out of favour.’
      • ‘So I take it that is not a major concern of yours, that U.S. troops might be caught up in a civil war.’
      • ‘The key point, I take it from The Economist, is that a leadership change lies ahead in China.’
      • ‘What I take it to refer to is the various roles of fire: to lighten, to heat and to destroy.’
      • ‘No more details yet, I take it, on when he might be got out of Iraq or when, indeed, he might come back to Australia?’
      • ‘By rediscuss, I take it to mean that we're discussing what the salary & benefits would be.’
      • ‘So I take it, you're going to catch up now with the prime minister and then head back to Israel.’
      • ‘Fair enough, but I take it that they are not coming just for a day out at MacDonalds.’
      • ‘Can I take it then oxygen will be provided in these new circumstances?’
      • ‘Michael, can I take it from your review last week that you wouldn't recommend the Crabwall Manor hotel?’
      • ‘From your article I take it that the person quoted is a local solicitor who, for some reason, could not be named.’
      • ‘There may be a case to do so if the father was very poor and needed the money to survive with his son, but I take it that this is not so in this case.’
      • ‘So do I take it that at the launch of the Virdi inquiry very much that training was in vogue but now it has filtered off, or dwindled off?’
      • ‘Can I take it that you felt you had assumed a huge responsibility in taking on this awesome story?’
      • ‘Yes, but do I take it that ACPO does not have a specific view about where it thinks it would be best served?’
      • ‘Do I take it from that that you have not got powers of enforcement of any decision that you feel is appropriate?’
      • ‘These are, I take it, all referees below the Panel and those who officiate countrywide at some 2,000 games a week.’
      • ‘So I take it that Labour will support this bill so that the police don't have to exercise that discretion.’
      • ‘In this particular case, in London, I take it, none of these guys left any indication.’
      assume, presume, suppose, imagine, expect, believe, reckon, think, be of the opinion, gather, dare say, trust, surmise, deduce, guess, conjecture, fancy, suspect
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  • 4Make, undertake, or perform (an action or task)

    ‘Lucy took a deep breath’
    ‘he took the oath of office’
    • ‘I expected action to be taken against the club in the form of a heavy fine or ruled out of the competition.’
    • ‘Reliable information indicated that even the staff of the department expressed their bewilderment at some decisions that were taken with respect to the event.’
    • ‘Maybe the opposition players should be moved back, but the free kick still be taken from the same position?’
    • ‘Key meetings were not recorded in official minutes and decisions were taken with little consultation of the Cabinet, says the report.’
    • ‘Nurse Debbie McCall has gone back to the job she loves after taking a career break of 18 years.’
    • ‘I advanced to him that in understanding that we recognise that sometimes decisions have to be taken.’
    • ‘So as I opened up a new packet of crayons for my son, I held them up to my nose and took a long deep breath.’
    • ‘He seems to assume that it is the same group of bright kids across the board taking AP's.’
    • ‘The decision to have a very fancy new building at the Holyrood site was taken by the Labour government.’
    • ‘Mr Latham's mayoral decisions, including the capital works, were taken with the support of his council at the time.’
    • ‘The book outlines simple steps that can be taken to maximise money and help reap the rewards in retirement.’
    • ‘This is a prelude to the enforcement steps which can then be taken to compel payment of any arrears.’
    • ‘You're taking a physical and mental break from your work area at least once a day.’
    • ‘Then they took a mock written driving test, which everyone tried his or her best in.’
    • ‘It threatens that if money is not sent within days, steps will be taken to recover the money via the British courts.’
    • ‘The key stage three English test is the final key stage test, and is taken by 14-year-olds.’
    • ‘The United Nations received much support for taking robust action against an aggressor nation.’
    • ‘However, no decisions have yet been taken about how this money should be allocated.’
    • ‘If there's any action to be taken [by the club] you'll be the last to know.’
    • ‘The decision to strike had been taken on Friday, 48 hours before the bombs fell on Afghanistan.’
    perform, execute, effect, discharge, carry out, accomplish, fulfil, complete, conduct, implement, do, make, have
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    1. 4.1Be taught or examined in (a subject)
      ‘some degrees require a student to take a secondary subject’
      • ‘After taking the course Bob was able to assist a passenger experiencing difficulties.’
      • ‘If you have friends taking the same subject you could always have an informal chat about an aspect of the subject with your friends.’
      • ‘Soon his confidence in theoretical physics was such that by the second semester he was taking all of Sommerfeld's courses.’
      • ‘He needs to go back and read his classics studies, if he took that subject in high school.’
      • ‘The year 12 student, who takes clothing as a school subject, aims to fulfill a career in fashion design.’
      • ‘They took City and Guild courses in literacy, numeracy and personal skills.’
      • ‘My boss will be taking a special course the first two weeks of July and I'll be in charge of the office, which is fine.’
      • ‘These can be taken in place of subjects such as history, geography and modern languages.’
      • ‘He is taking the A1 assessors course to become an assessor for candidates studying for NVQs in warehousing.’
      • ‘A week or so later I was booked to go for a weekend away somewhere with some people from a creative writing course I was taking.’
      • ‘Simply no dice, was the school's response, unless he agreed to take piano lessons too.’
      • ‘Or dive even deeper by coming a day early and taking a Critical Concerns Course.’
      • ‘They were in medieval French, a subject she had never taken at school.’
      study, learn, be taught, have lessons in
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    2. 4.2British Obtain (an academic degree) after fulfilling the required conditions.
      ‘she took a degree in English’
      • ‘It first became an issue for Mr Dixon when he was taking a Fine Arts degree at Leeds Metropolitan University.’
      • ‘In order to take the higher degree they have to give up their existing job.’
  • 5Require or use up (a specified amount of time)

    ‘the jury took an hour and a half to find McPherson guilty’
    [with two objects] ‘it takes me about a quarter of an hour to walk to work’
    • ‘The haircut takes just exactly the amount of time that I have on my car park ticket.’
    • ‘Driving or walking that short distance takes an almost equal amount of time.’
    • ‘It takes a good few hours to go through their system, however, so I haven't had a chance to play with all the fun features yet.’
    • ‘A jury at Exeter Crown Court took less than two hours to find him guilty.’
    • ‘The jury took less than an hour to come to a unanimous decision - insane, unfit to plead.’
    • ‘It takes about the same amount of time to post the links.’
    • ‘The jury took less than two hours to reach a verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.’
    • ‘It took Inveraray an hour to equalise very much against the run of play.’
    • ‘They tied her to a chair and burnt her with petrol over a period of 24 hours, and it took her 12 days to die.’
    • ‘You just have to be organised and even if you just take one or two hours to bounce ideas off somebody else that can be important.’
    • ‘It took McMartin several more hours to scrape a tunnel in the earth beneath the concrete slab to rescue him.’
    • ‘The procedure is the same, takes the same amount of time, and the parts are cheaper.’
    • ‘It gets progressively more demanding, too, taking a good 12 hours of study to absorb.’
    • ‘It takes many, many hours to learn a new language and I just never seem to have even a few extra minutes to spare.’
    • ‘His pleas fell on deaf ears as the jury took less than an hour to find him guilty.’
    • ‘The jury took just over two hours to return a majority verdict of death by natural causes contributed by neglect.’
    • ‘It took Heather three hours to travel three miles through snow-blocked traffic.’
    • ‘To write each word it takes hours and it has taken Makardhawaja two years to complete two volumes.’
    • ‘Anyhow it took Jae over an hour to cut my hair as I went from having curls half way down my back to wearing it cropped like a boy.’
    • ‘However the scale of the damage means it could take another 72 hours before every service is back.’
    last, continue for, go on for, carry on for, keep on for, run on for, endure for
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    1. 5.1(of a task or situation) need or call for (a particular person or thing)
      ‘it will take an electronics expert to dismantle it’
      • ‘It takes little imagination to believe that there is in fact something more sinister in the Government's motives.’
      • ‘It seems like it takes a World Cup or an Olympic Games for this country to realise how far behind the rest of the sporting world we are.’
      • ‘All it takes is some kind of security sweep at his job for his past to be uncovered.’
      • ‘It takes little imagination to understand just why so many ancient legends abound in these parts.’
      • ‘It takes a 51 percent vote of the limited partners to approve a sale of this franchise.’
      • ‘Reaching a final takes guts, but Dennis Wise's Lions did not enjoy a dramatic run full of victories against all odds.’
      • ‘All it takes is time, a place to gather, and enough money to photocopy fliers or put an ad in the local paper.’
      • ‘It usually takes building a friendship first but evidently not in this day and age.’
      • ‘Of course, this is not the whole story about why the violin takes such a lot of practice in order to learn to play it well.’
      • ‘Unfortunately it does take an Einstein to understand what you are entitled to.’
      • ‘Installing a heat sink inside the case takes some true flexibility of the fingers.’
      • ‘To see complex systems of functional order as order, and not as chaos, takes understanding.’
      • ‘The problem is that a lot of people don't seem to understand what it takes for a good back and forth exchange.’
      • ‘You must get to the root of what it takes for you to get what you want.’
      • ‘This task takes time and energy - it should not be done in its entirety after a long day at work.’
      • ‘Post Office returned to winning ways against Haxby Town but it took a last minute penalty to settle it.’
      • ‘It takes a World War, diphtheria and blindness to sort it all out.’
      • ‘Of course, it takes vast amounts of money and effort to pull off a successful lunar mission.’
      • ‘All it takes is a little brain bending and creativity to drum up an endless list of affordable dates.’
      • ‘And Carter agrees, It takes a very good horse to win the Arkle and he has everything going for him.’
      require, need, necessitate, demand, call for, entail, involve
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    2. 5.2Hold; accommodate.
      ‘an exclusive island hideaway that takes just twenty guests’
      • ‘The boat takes twenty guests.’
      • ‘We intend to buy fertilised eggs - the incubator we have bought takes 24 hen eggs but we might start with 12.’
    3. 5.3Wear or require (a particular size of garment or type of complementary article)
      ‘he takes size 5 boots’
      • ‘The reason I bought it was because my digital camera takes two AA batteries.’
      • ‘Second, he probably no more knows what size the child takes, any more than he knows how to crochet.’
      wear, habitually wear, use
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  • 6[no object] (of a plant or seed) take root or begin to grow; germinate.

    ‘the fuchsia cuttings had taken and were looking good’
    • ‘The grass has taken and was long and wet in the morning and was full of snails sucking to thick blades.’
    1. 6.1(of an added substance) become successfully established.
      • ‘However unfortunately in the first attempt, the embryo did not take and did not grow.’
      be effective, have effect, take effect, take hold, take root, be efficacious, be productive, be in force, be in operation, be efficient, be effectual, be useful
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  • 7Grammar
    Have or require as part of the appropriate construction.

    ‘verbs that take both the infinitive and the finite clause as their object’
    • ‘There is no infallible rule identifying the verbs that take both, but they generally form nouns in tion.’
    • ‘For example, the open command takes as an argument the name of the file containing the data.’
    • ‘However, some transitive verbs take a prepositional phrase instead of an indirect object.’


  • 1A scene or sequence of sound or vision photographed or recorded continuously at one time.

    ‘he completed a particularly difficult scene in two takes’
    • ‘I think it was totally different to any animation movie I have seen before, it was another type of take.’
    • ‘Finally, Jake Gyllenhaal leaned over said that Ang regularly did 15 takes and not to worry.’
    • ‘But you want to get it done and do it in the least amount of takes possible.’
    • ‘Getting them to be serious for a minute or two, they reveal that a sheer amount of takes were required for Large Pro to be happy with his vocal performance.’
    • ‘The late Stanley Kubrick, director of Eyes Wide Shut, regularly did 100 takes.’
    • ‘I wanted to keep cool throughout the take and not show that my foot was caught.’
    • ‘The number of takes required to complete each scene is said to have rocketed.’
    • ‘When one of them kisses Robbie a little too passionately, Tasha yells out and ruins a take.’
    • ‘There are more clean-ups, and when Wallace is happy, producer Tony Platt calls for a take.’
    scene, sequence, filmed sequence, clip, part, segment
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    1. 1.1A particular version of or approach to something.
      ‘his own whimsical take on life’
      • ‘His new takes on the classic tales made us laugh out loud at more than one bedtime.’
      • ‘The main problem with his take on the story is his overwhelming niceness as a director.’
      • ‘He is obviously having fun with his take on a midwestern everyman, but make no mistake, it is a take and little more.’
      • ‘A modern version of the same book will have a different take on what we should know.’
      • ‘Do you think Hollywood is running out of ideas or do you welcome new takes on classic stories?’
      view of, reading of, version of, interpretation of, understanding of, account of, explanation of, analysis of, approach to
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  • 2An amount of something gained or acquired from one source or in one session.

    ‘the take from commodity taxation’
    • ‘You encourage as many sites as possible to shove up ads in exchange for a take of any revenue driven by those ads.’
    catch, haul, bag, yield, net
    revenue, income, gain, profit, money received, payments received
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    1. 2.1US The money received at a theater, arena, etc., for seats.
      • ‘Die Another Day opened over the weekend with the biggest take ever for a Bond film.’
  • 3Printing
    An amount of copy set up at one time or by one compositor.

    • ‘When a compositor had set up his take he deposited the type set up by him on a galley upon the galley-bank, and deposited the copy from which he had set up the type in a drawer or box, or upon a table or shelf.’


  • be on the take

    • informal Take bribes.

      • ‘Spain's government is under mounting pressure from opposition politicians in Parliament who want to know whether Spanish officials also were on the take.’
      • ‘It demands that where an official has knowledge that a colleague is on the take, this too is conveyed to those in a position to do something about it.’
      • ‘From the constable to the cabinet minister, everyone, or at least almost everyone is on the take.’
      • ‘For years now we have listened to and read about one inquiry after another, about this politician and that politician who was on the take.’
      • ‘It wasn't really a crime anyway in Philadelphia for a police officer to be on the take.’
      • ‘Of course there are people who say that Miller is on the take from someone for his vociferous defense of the this potential ecological nightmare.’
      • ‘The police were often part of the network of corruption, on the take and/or brutal.’
      • ‘Bulgarians are trenchant in their view that their country can no longer be perceived as a lawless, volatile state where every citizen is on the take.’
      • ‘They made no secret of the fact that they were on the take.’
      • ‘Once people learned so many politicians had been on the take - often in cahoots with business leaders - it was only natural that there would be a public outcry for a ‘war on corruption.’’
  • be taken ill

    • Become ill suddenly.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Derek was taken ill suddenly in The Caribbean Islands where he was performing as part of an entertainment special on board a cruise ship.’
      • ‘Suddenly, Emma is taken ill and having horrible dreams at night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet if you were taken ill in the United States, for example, the cost of private medical treatment could be ruinous.’
      • ‘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 taken ill in the last two weeks and the suddenness of his departure left the whole community shocked and numb.’
      • ‘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.’
      become ill, fall ill, be taken ill, be taken sick, catch something
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  • have what it takes

    • informal Have the necessary qualities for success.

      • ‘If they play as well as I know they are capable of playing then Tallow have what it takes to survive.’
      • ‘The inference was that they simply did not have what it takes.’
      • ‘If you guessed ‘towel,’ then you may have what it takes to be a quiz team member.’
      • ‘Does he have what it takes to get out there and create the conflict and controversy that are part and parcel of talk shows?’
      • ‘But do politicians have what it takes to succeed in the cutthroat world of blogging?’
      • ‘They seem to have what it takes to be successful, it will be interesting to see if and how they develop.’
      • ‘This term will include the achievements of women, that is they are successful and have what it takes to make it in the modern world today.’
      • ‘Thank you for having what it takes to run such an article.’
      • ‘But he is confident he has what it takes to be a successful manager and it will be in the track suit on the training ground where he will make his biggest impact.’
      • ‘We have what it takes - it just needs leadership and a change of Council.’
  • take a chair

    • Sit down.

      • ‘Each of them took a chair after setting their books down at the table.’
      • ‘Yoli came in after a bit and took a chair and introductions were made.’
      • ‘Jude followed Jamie into the board room of Mason Enterprises and took a chair near the back of the room.’
      • ‘Isis then stepped down from the platform and took a chair near it, where she could still see the whole Council but she was no longer the center of attention.’
      • ‘The smile refusing to leave my face, I obediently led my friend into the living room, where the two of us stepped over the discarded scouting reports and each took a chair.’
      • ‘He took a chair, and watched her warily through wire-framed glasses.’
      • ‘He then took a chair at the back of the room, as did my mother, and all of a sudden I was unsure of what I was meant to do or say.’
      • ‘She took a chair beside a disheveled looking woman who was most likely a writer and waited patiently for someone important to arrive.’
      • ‘Nezbek walked into the main room and took a chair.’
      • ‘Sean sat in a chair in the corner of the plain room and the girls each took a chair opposite him.’
  • take advantage of

    • 1Make unfair demands on (someone) who cannot or will not resist; exploit or make unfair use of for one's own benefit.

      ‘people tend to take advantage of a placid nature’
      • ‘The reforms are designed to save the National Health Service, not to scrap it, by supposedly making it more efficient and taking advantage of the benefits of private sector efficiency.’
      • ‘Furthermore, his libretto takes advantage of one benefit that opera has over the novel: music can allow several things to happen at the same time.’
      • ‘So they're taking advantage of that situation and benefiting in some cases very significantly as a result of this deliberate strategy.’
      • ‘A lifestyle that takes advantage of the health benefits of wine is proving to be a particularly good fit for women.’
      • ‘This gave her a sort of freedom that she took advantage of, but did not exploit.’
      • ‘Central Florida amusement parks and tourist attractions benefited from more visitors taking advantage of deals and discounts.’
      • ‘‘The cost of goods on the market has also gone up as people are taking advantage of the shortage to exploit consumers,’ he said.’
      • ‘How easy was it for writers to take advantage of the financial benefits that the sales of printed books seemed to offer to them?’
      • ‘And that means city businesses are being blocked from taking advantage of benefits enjoyed by many of their competitors.’
      • ‘It was more likely that they were simply taking advantage of, exploiting, if you will, mistakes that had been made by others and that had gone undetected.’
      • ‘The Jacksonville University employee takes advantage of a benefit and gets her degree.’
      • ‘I took advantage of this benefit and exercised three or four days a week, losing 10 pounds in six months.’
      • ‘In other words, he is taking advantage of, or exploiting, the local people and their customs in the furtherance of his own career.’
      • ‘Are you being charged a monthly fee for ‘benefits’ that you rarely or never take advantage of?’
      • ‘Almost 3500 members are currently taking advantage of this benefit.’
      • ‘It takes about six days for a hacker to create an exploit that takes advantage of an announced vulnerability.’
      • ‘Foreign investors want to take advantage of all the benefits above.’
      • ‘He is calling on industry to take advantage of the benefits of the third-party program.’
      • ‘They want to take advantage of all benefits that both Korea and US offer their citizens.’
      • ‘And while I definitely took advantage of the college benefits, that's not the motivation.’
      exploit, abuse, impose on, prey on, play on, misuse, ill-treat, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring, enslave, treat unfairly, withhold rights from
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      1. 1.1dated (used euphemistically) seduce.
        • ‘A trusted family member violated and took advantage of you.’
        • ‘His role has become that of an evil seducer taking advantage of a virginal heroine. They claim, in true soap style, he is only after her money.’
        persuade someone to have sexual intercourse, take away someone's innocence
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    • 2Make good use of the opportunities offered by (something)

      ‘take full advantage of the facilities available’
      • ‘In order to begin taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the convention the state of the marine environment must be assessed.’
      • ‘And if you pay off your credit card in full every month, are you taking advantage of cashback offers?’
      • ‘And if you are going to make the effort to live in the city, you might as well take advantage of what's on offer.’
      • ‘The employer may have to provide access for every employee, but the employee is not forced to take advantage of the opportunity.’
      • ‘Anyway, you take advantage of all the opportunities you find in your life.’
      • ‘She works hard and takes advantage of all the learning opportunities available to her.’
      • ‘As it's almost a full percentage point above the base rate, it's an offer worth taking advantage of while it lasts.’
      • ‘Many students move into coaching, taking advantage of opportunities not only in this country, but also in America, France and Canada.’
      • ‘I hope you realise that, as busy as you believe you are, you must take advantage of this opportunity on offer.’
      • ‘The tie was moved from Hull to take advantage of the opportunity to play at York City's ground and it paid dividends for the City girls.’
      • ‘I spent a lot of the time being miserable, not fitting in, not taking advantage of the superb opportunities offered.’
      • ‘It is widely recognised as Britain's finest residential library and Jessica said she is keen to take advantage of what is on offer.’
      • ‘We're delighted to see that more girls are taking advantage of the opportunities on offer to play the game.’
      • ‘In my mind, the more opportunities he took advantage of, the quicker he would advance to that all-important Black Belt.’
      • ‘It just seems to make sense to take advantage of what's on offer at the moment and borrow it all for free.’
      • ‘There are many wonderful opportunities to take advantage of within the university and outside it as well.’
      • ‘If the storm came and got the ship to move, the tug would take advantage of the opportunity and try and pull it free.’
      • ‘From what they told me, most of these parents were taking advantage of the opportunities for involvement offered by the schools.’
      • ‘We would then be ready to take advantage of an opportunity to move up to the top level in the future.’
      • ‘I requested media passes far in advance and took advantage of the opportunity to access the field and dugout prior to the game.’
      make use of, utilize, put to use, use, use to good advantage, put to good use, turn to good use, make the most of, capitalize on, benefit from, turn to account, draw on
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  • take something as read

    • Accept something without considering or discussing it; assume something.

      • ‘I took it as read that she, like everyone else round here, must be a true-blue Democrat.’
      presume, suppose, take it, take for granted, take as read, take it as given, presuppose, conjecture, surmise, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, reckon, reason, guess, imagine, think, fancy, suspect, expect, accept, believe, be of the opinion, understand, be given to understand, gather, glean
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  • take five (or ten)

    • informal Take a five (or ten) minute break before resuming work or another activity.

      • ‘F has now gone and I am just taking five to chill again before commencing more bagging/boxing!’
      • ‘Whatever you said to them can come in and there's just a minefield of things, if you actually wanted to represent this low-life that you tell him to go ahead take five.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's obvious that everyone took five and smoked a joint the size of a rolled-up Sunday New York Times.’
      • ‘Whenever you feel your brain doing the stress sizzle, take five.’
  • take a lot of (or some) ——

    • Be difficult to do or effect in the specified way.

      ‘he might take some convincing’
      • ‘With just four trains an hour and only one route home it's taken some getting used to.’
      • ‘The book is designed with marginal notes, which takes some getting used to but are very helpful.’
      • ‘In the beginning it did take some getting used to.’
      • ‘It took some convincing (and maybe a bribe), but he agreed to come home to see the girls and his grandchildren.’
      • ‘This tough love and honesty takes some getting used to, but it is valuable.’
      • ‘It takes a lot of style and pacing to flash back and forth from action scenes to images and thoughts in the mind of an actor.’
      • ‘" It takes a lot of training for a person to develop a performance onstage.’
  • take someone in hand

    • Undertake to control or reform someone.

      • ‘It can only lead to trouble unless someone takes him in hand.’
      • ‘Does The Age have someone who'll basically take Andrew in hand and say, ‘Look, I'll be your eyes and ears, if you like’?’
      • ‘If she is not taken in hand and directed on the right lines, hers could be a talent that is, wasted in the desert air.’
      • ‘Sunil Gavaskar once wrote of how, as a boy, he was taken in hand by the legendary Bombay coach Vasu Paranjype.’
      • ‘Camilla announced one evening to her gang in the lounge that she was very sorry for George, and she thought he needed someone to take him in hand (whatever that might imply).’
      • ‘I suppose your mother who was alerted at that stage was more capable of taking you in hand because the situation around her wasn't as toxic as it is now?’
      • ‘He could take her in hand - ensuring that she finds a flattering wardrobe, fashionable hair and a smart social circle which will elevate her status.’
      • ‘But all I really want them to do is to take me in hand - to quietly and firmly and with tremendous affection tell me that I've done enough, that I can stop now.’
      • ‘From the first time I ever met Richard, several years ago, he struck me as the kind of guy who probably needed a good woman to take him in hand, and sort him out.’
      • ‘Then Old Trafford manager Mike Watkinson took him in hand, working on his technique, and last summer he was the talk of every county dressing-room.’
      control, have authority over, be in charge of, direct, preside over, lead, dominate, master
      reform, improve, correct, change, make better, rehabilitate
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  • take something in hand

    • Start doing or dealing with a task.

      • ‘But that was before Rockefeller / Hricak Architects of Venice, Calif., took matters in hand.’
      • ‘It was then Mattie Kiely took matters in hand for Kilrossanty and points in the 56th and 59th minutes had the Nire reeling.’
      • ‘But Jesus immediately took the situation in hand by rebuking the unclean spirit and healing the boy.’
      • ‘The scheme was coldly looked on until Mr Chamberlain took it in hand as part of a great national and imperial policy.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the Capitol Hill police, who seemed interested in order above all, took matters in hand, and after we'd preached for the cameras they marched us into the rotunda for an on-time arrest.’
      • ‘But let's not be taken back by that factor because it was back in the 1980s when Fr. Peyton, C.C., took the matter in hand during his days in Tubber and set up the first Tidy Towns Committee.’
      • ‘It was getting to a point where Donnan was going to get himself killed, when Golin took matters in hand and cocked Donnan a good shot to the head, knocking him unconscious.’
      • ‘My son Luke, meanwhile, took it in hand to go with a friend to claim one of the ‘Fourteeners’ (there are 53 mountains in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet).’
      • ‘The New Zealand-born leader, Alan Loveday, took matters in hand.’
      • ‘Just then a slight shudder reverberated through the deck plates and Exodus quickly took the situation in hand while the two men cast bewildered looks at each other.’
      deal with, apply oneself to, address oneself to, get to grips with, get stuck into, busy oneself with, set one's hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, pursue, handle, manage
      start on, embark on
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  • take the heat

    • informal Accept blame or withstand disapproval.

      ‘“Don't worry about it,” Mulder said, “we'll take the heat. You can tell him we pulled rank.”’
      • ‘You got a sense that there was one person taking the heat, being accountable, being authoritative and being authentic.’
      • ‘And you took the heat not only there but effectively undermined your chances of being a vice presidential running mate.’
      • ‘Wanna bet some junior grade officer takes the heat for losing the munitions?’
      • ‘It was a terrible accident, and like any good commander he's taking the heat.’
      • ‘And Gaines, whose company had flourished in the horror boom, and whose Senate testimony had made him the face of the B comic-book industry - the Mae West of pulp picto-fiction - took the heat.’
      • ‘A lot of us are sick of taking the heat here in the blogosphere where every time you open your mouth, a bunch of hecklers are quick to tell you to shut up and that you're wrong.’
      • ‘I do sometimes purposely write about things that I know will be considered provocative, and I don't mind taking the heat for my words.’
      • ‘The reason they arrested Stuart and not Gaines was that Stuart, being of stronger stuff than Gaines, deliberately took the heat… a very heroic gesture.’
      • ‘One had to take the heat and accept the humiliation of being abused and pushed around.’
      • ‘And you took the heat for that remark, but then the numbers seemed to go up right afterwards.’
  • take something ill

    • archaic Resent something done or said.

      ‘I did not mean for you to take my comments ill’
      • ‘I hope you will not take it ill that I asked my son about your doings, we tell each other everything.’
      • ‘So I stand and watch ball after ball whistle past my outstretched hand and, try as I might, I take it ill to see him running about like a dive bomber, whooping and hollering.’
      begrudge, feel aggrieved about, feel aggrieved at, feel bitter about, grudge, be annoyed about, be annoyed at, be angry about, be angry at, be resentful of, dislike, be displeased about, be displeased at, take exception to, object to, be offended by, take amiss, take offence at, take umbrage at
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  • take it from me

    • I can assure you.

      ‘take it from me, kid—I've been there’
      • ‘You can take it from me: Jack will not be happy about it.’
      • ‘I think you can take it from me there is a warning out to all rabbits that they should not assume I will brake for them in the future.’
      • ‘But take it from me, this film really is something special.’
      • ‘Don't take it from me though - I'm just one person.’
      • ‘If you've never seen it, take it from me: it's no joke.’
      • ‘However, take it from me, I would have felt a lot better having it available when I was going through the turmoil.’
      • ‘So take it from me, it's far better to talk about something early on, despite how difficult it may seem at the time, than to leave it to fester and allow it to do some real damage.’
      • ‘If you get the impression that the book is poorly written, take it from me, it has nothing to do with my translation.’
      • ‘Most do, but take it from me, there are some who don't.’
      • ‘But take it from me: He was everything you'd want a comedy writer to be.’
  • take it on one (or oneself) to do something

    • Decide to do something without asking for permission or advice.

      • ‘He even sometimes read petitions from individual prisoners, taking it on himself to decide whether to release them.’
      • ‘You had a juror who took it on himself to have a press conference on the courthouse steps to say how happy he was that they convicted her of insider trading.’
      • ‘One Highland laird who had been the victim of a housebreaking in 2004 took it on himself to check out whether any of his rare china collection, stolen from his mansion near Kingussie, might be up for sale online.’
      • ‘He then probably took it on himself to carry out these very brutal acts.’
      • ‘He took it on himself to help at the mosque, things that other people wouldn't want to do.’
      • ‘Edward decided to take it on himself to rid Ralph's house of Alex.’
      • ‘Any useful advice would mainly have been that Abid should consult a solicitor; no social worker would or should take it on himself to give any legal advice.’
      • ‘If you take it on yourself to make a diagnosis, for example by deciding that the condition isn't serious, you could be liable if the condition turns out to require urgent treatment.’
      • ‘They took it on themselves to define the distinction between high and popular culture and then police its boundaries.’
      • ‘Roth thought, ‘How could I take it on myself to decide that my father should be finished with life, life which is ours to know just once?’’
  • take it or leave it

    • [usually in imperative]Said to express that the offer one has made is not negotiable and that one is indifferent to another's reaction to it.

      ‘that's the deal—take it or leave it’
      • ‘It tends to be a case of take it or leave it, so now what we have to do is speak to more clubs and see if we can get a better deal elsewhere.’
      • ‘He offered the cash and said take it or leave it and the bank eventually came back and said it would accept the cash.’
      • ‘Would they tell them to take it or leave it, this is what we offer?’
      • ‘The invitation to consent is very much on a take it or leave it basis.’
      • ‘This looks like an opening gambit rather than a take it or leave it offer.’
      • ‘And they would insist that they would choose the lawyers for you, and they give you a very stark choice: take it or leave it.’
      • ‘It was presented on a plate to us in Melbourne with a take it or leave it attitude.’
      • ‘They suspect that the government will then abandon the talks and make them a take it or leave it offer.’
      • ‘The art of haggling, as I see it, is to not actually want what is on offer, and show a take it or leave it attitude.’
      • ‘We have already been told that the moving of the market and interchange are not negotiable and that, in effect, we can either take it or leave it.’
  • take it out of

    • Exhaust the strength of (someone)

      ‘parties and tours can take it out of you, especially if you are over 65’
      • ‘I was traveling from the North West of the City to the East End by bus and I think that took it out of me a lot.’
      • ‘But there is no doubt that it takes it out of you when you're IT with a poorly toddler and a big ol' fat pregnant belly, a household still to run and so forth.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly 4 hours of semi-sober sleep followed by 12 hours of work, followed by 6 hours of recovery sleep, followed by another 12 hours of work takes it out of you.’
      • ‘This week could be one that takes it out of me completely.’
      • ‘Every so often we would try to get them to come out of their rooms, but they were exhausted - it really took it out of them.’
      • ‘Driving constantly at such a high speed really takes it out of you.’
      • ‘DJ-ing for such long sets really takes it out of you and it's strenuous.’
      • ‘For our exhausted purposes ('cause holy man, this film really takes it out of you) I'm pretty sure two will do.’
      • ‘That really took it out of me; I felt exhausted afterwards.’
      • ‘But man, two and half hours of running around after a Frisbee will really take it out of you… and every joint and tendon.’
      exhaust, drain, enervate, tire, fatigue, wear out, weary, debilitate, jade
      fag out, whack, bush, knacker, poop
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  • take sick (or ill)

    • informal Become ill, especially suddenly.

      • ‘Mick took ill and died suddenly just 20 minutes after one of those family get-togethers on a recent Saturday night.’
      • ‘During the first half, Jimmy Grimes took ill and died suddenly.’
      • ‘Some hours later Martin took ill and died suddenly.’
      • ‘She took ill and died suddenly while on the way to Castlebar hospital.’
      • ‘Faust took sick in 1914 and was no longer with the Giants.’
      • ‘Paul was out walking on Kiltimagh mountain with friends from St. John's Western Care Centre, Ballinamore when he took ill and died suddenly.’
      • ‘But, she tells Tom, when her mistress took sick, Prue had to spend days and nights caring for her, and she lost her milk.’
      • ‘Michael took ill suddenly on Monday evening of last week and was pronounced dead in the General Hospital in Castlebar on Saturday.’
      • ‘Submitted to conditions unfit for man or beast, the goat eventually took sick, became too weak to walk, and died just as Hunt began sketching its head.’
      • ‘Albert, formerly from Knockroe, Mayo Abbey took ill and died suddenly while working in the Manchester region.’
  • take the stand

    • Testify at a trial.

      • ‘And for an eight-minute period, as Admiral Konetzni testified, when he took the stand during the court of inquiry, I got ahead of my crew.’
      • ‘My question to the panel is if you think Scott will take the stand at trial.’
      • ‘The 32-year-old took the stand and testified in a L.A. courtroom yesterday.’
      • ‘Today, he took the stand to testify at the trial of his neighbor, charged with the murder.’
      • ‘The judge said he could take the stand and testify without having to talk or be cross-examined about those alleged armed robberies.’
      • ‘Lopez is the first celebrity to take the stand in the trial, and prosecutors say he will not be the last.’
      • ‘Of the 13 witnesses who took the stand during the trial, which was held behind closed doors at the request of the prosecutors, only one identified Ivankov as the man who pulled the trigger, Rakitin said.’
      • ‘And being goofy, as you've called him - and this is just speculative, of course, but do you think, had he taken the stand in the criminal trial, the outcome would have been different?’
      • ‘Throughout the first two weeks of the trial, numerous plaintiffs took the stand, describing the atrocities they experienced and witnessed while attending the Port Alberni Residential School.’
      • ‘This afternoon, Peter Falconio's brother Paul took the stand, and testified that neither he nor his parents had heard a word from Falconio since the night he disappeared.’
  • take someone out of themselves

    • Make a person forget their worries.

      • ‘It takes them out of themselves, and gives them a thrill.’
  • take that!

    • Exclaimed when hitting someone or taking decisive action against them.

      • ‘I cried, beginning to climb back onto the island, ‘take that!’’
  • take one's time

    • Not hurry.

      • ‘So they took their time before joining the party.’
      • ‘I took my time, dawdling at windows where I had the chance, stopping to look at the paintings.’
      • ‘Dominic had never been one to hurry, and he took his time as he considered.’
      • ‘The stewards took their time with the inevitable inquiry, and the only question was whether they would disqualify the horse altogether or leave the result alone and merely punish the jockey.’
      • ‘I'm going to take my time, no hurry, and concentrate on walking to detention in a dignified, poised manner.’
      • ‘It is not comely and not of their nature for Goths to hurry, so Morgan takes her time, making sure she is last to get up and leave.’
      • ‘They got there but - by God - they took their time.’
      • ‘You Taurans like taking your time and hate being hurried, but right now Mars and Venus don't want you bogged down and stuck in a rut through some stubborn refusal to change your ways.’
      • ‘We all take our time, dawdling across in twos and threes until some poor car has been sitting there for five minutes.’
      • ‘I think about the teachers who ran us through our lessons as if racing from one period to the next, and the teachers who took their time with us and really taught us something.’
      go slowly, not hurry, be leisurely, proceed in a leisurely fashion, dally, dawdle, delay, linger, go at a snail's pace, drag one's feet, waste time, while away time, kill time
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Phrasal Verbs

  • take after

    • Resemble (a parent or ancestor)

      ‘the rest of us take after our mother’
      • ‘Aikane, who seemed to take after neither parent and yet fitted in perfectly with the family, was the sweetest, most genuine person Kai knew.’
      • ‘And of course, George takes after my mother a lot.’
      • ‘I took after my mother, at least Pa always told me so.’
      • ‘Pete took after his mother in slimness, but was the tallest in the family, beating his father by an inch.’
      • ‘He was blonde and resembled his mother while his sisters took after their father.’
      • ‘I just hope though that the kids take after their mother.’
      • ‘Katherine could tell she took after her mother.’
      • ‘Scarlett always said that he took after his grandparents rather than his parents.’
      • ‘May you take after your wonderful parents, and my treasured friends who share your name.’
      • ‘The rest of us took after our grandmother's people, the recipients of a strong gene of predictable traits, like the double chins much in evidence on every other relative in my field of vision.’
      resemble, look like, be like, be similar to, bear a resemblance to, have the look of
      remind one of, put one in mind of, make one think of, cause one to remember, recall, conjure up, suggest, evoke, call up
      favour, be a chip off the old block, be the spitting image of
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  • take something apart

    • 1Dismantle something.

      • ‘What ‘overriding narratives’ do you feel are being dismissed or dismantled that should be kept intact, and who's taking them apart?’
      • ‘When responsibly understood, the implications of deconstruction are quite different from the misleading clichés often used to describe a process of dismantling or taking things apart.’
      • ‘A striking historical church is to be dismantled and moved - and it is the second time it has been taken apart.’
      • ‘The paths and roads received an uplift with some resurfacing and the unpopular parking bays along Main Street were taken apart and made into more attractive surrounds for the trees planted in the street while still serving as parking bays.’
      • ‘I watched workmen dismantling several ships and asked why they were taking the vessels apart, for they seemed to be very careful not to damage the integrity of the pieces.’
      dismantle, pull to pieces, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, pull apart, disassemble, break up
      tear down, demolish, destroy, pulverize, wreck, smash, shatter
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      1. 1.1informal Attack, criticize, or defeat someone or something in a vigorous or forceful way.
        • ‘Out of frame of late Tiger sharpened his claws again last week and took Mount Juliet apart.’
        • ‘Daniel O’ Brien singly handily took Burrin apart as he scored three in the second half to bring his tally to four.’
        • ‘Even more, a few times my Chinese friends took me apart.’
        • ‘But nothing to match what the team produced in the second half last Sunday as they took Tipp apart and inflicted as comprehensive a defeat on the Premier county as the famed blue and gold has ever suffered.’
        • ‘Graham Harrison, also a member of the squad but yet to represent the county, took Atkins apart in the opening round, throwing 180 for 14 then 15 darts.’
        • ‘Hopefully some member of the opposition parties will take him apart.’
        • ‘At home to Liverpool we were taken apart - it was like a kids game of ‘shots in’ for them.’
        • ‘Looking back on it they really took us apart for a couple of spells at the beginning and towards the end of the game but for a long period in the middle of the game we dominated but just didn't put the scores on the board.’
        • ‘This was the man who took Manchester United apart at the seams, the talisman for the attack.’
        • ‘Up the road at Torrance House, Ellon took East Kilbride apart by 45-0.’
        criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
        knock, slam, pan, bash, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer
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  • take something away

    • another way of saying take something out
      • ‘If you are just running in to get something to take out, it's okay - the burger was awesome, the fries were old, and the soda was soda.’
  • take away from

    • Detract from.

      ‘that shouldn't take away from the achievement of the French’
      • ‘The joy you get from kids is 24 hours a day and the fact that you are not there from 9 to 5 doesn't take away from that.’
      • ‘We've got great programs, they're doing great things, but the distractions were taking away from that.’
      • ‘The band were solid (though a bit too guitar-heavy) but Leyton's constant microphone spinning and hardcore delivery really took away from that.’
      • ‘Like a lot of new books talking about postmodernity, the publisher tried to change the look of the paper it is printed on and I think it took away from the book rather than added to it.’
      • ‘This took away from what was otherwise good cooking, and did not seem very West Coast.’
      • ‘The drunkenness really took away from what I was looking at.’
      • ‘Still, it is not necessarily a bad thing as long as it does not take away from who and what I am.’
      • ‘From what I remember, there was also an alternative parade organised by some religious people who felt that the main parade took away from what Patrick really stood for.’
      • ‘The prop almost looks dirty, taking away from what is supposed to be a beautiful monster (at least as far as monsters go).’
      • ‘Both Mitchell and O'Brien agree, that one game does not take away from what has so far been a successful season.’
      belittle, take away from, diminish, reduce, lessen, minimize, lower, make light of, play down, discount, soft-pedal, brush aside, gloss over, trivialize, decry, depreciate, denigrate, devalue, devaluate, deprecate
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  • take someone back

    • Strongly remind someone of a past time.

      ‘if “Disco Inferno” doesn't take you back, the bell-bottom pants will’
      • ‘We were given headphones, playing a soundtrack that at first threatened to mimic the worst kind of heritage audio tour, as it took us back in time.’
      • ‘The world now awaits a verbal fudge that will end seven days which took us back to the Cold War.’
      • ‘It took us back to the 1980s - before there were treatments for HIV infection - when so many became infected with HIV, progressing to serious illness and death from AIDS.’
      • ‘There in the library amongst the smell of books and binding, he was taken back to what seemed like a past life.’
      • ‘The color reminded her of Radcliffe, but their gaze took her back to the days when she was a child.’
      • ‘Step through the heavy wood and glass doors of Hargadon Bros. and you are taken back to a time when time didn't matter, where the money in your pocket didn't dictate the good time you had.’
      • ‘The music between scene changes took us back to the 1980s.’
      evoke, awaken one's memories of, evoke one's memories of, remind one of, put one in mind of, conjure up, summon up, call up
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  • take something back

    • 1Retract a statement.

      ‘I take back nothing of what I said’
      • ‘These are not friendly guys, and given the opportunity to spend the night at it with a few members of the editorial pages of the Star Tribune, I think that maybe they would take their statements back.’
      • ‘Having said it, Paisley could not bring himself to take it back.’
      • ‘Well, tell your teammates to catch a pass and I'll take that statement back.’
      • ‘She didn't realize how rude the statement sounded until it was too late to take it back.’
      retract, withdraw, renounce, disclaim, disown, unsay, disavow, recant, abjure, repudiate, override
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    • 2Return unsatisfactory goods to a store.

      • ‘If any sets have exposed bare wires or terminals around the lampholders consumers should take them back to the shop from where they were purchased.’
      • ‘Even if the store claims ‘no returns,’ I would take it back along with a dramatic protest.’
      • ‘It's not the same as buying a pair of jeans, deciding you don't like them, and then taking them back to the shop for a refund.’
      • ‘In internet auctions, if you are disappointed it is not like taking something back to a shop.’
      • ‘The research shows people are now willing to make a nuisance of themselves if a restaurant meal is not up to scratch and feel confident taking a product back to a shop.’
      • ‘He was the one who took things back to the shop if we weren't pleased!’
      • ‘But she thinks Express has the best return policy, because you can take an item back at any time if you have a receipt.’
      • ‘Our Ghost Ship DVD threw a wobbly half way through when we tried it last night, so we took it back to the shop today.’
      • ‘I took some faulty goods back to a shop, but the trader pointed to a notice which said ‘No Refunds’.’
      • ‘I spent a long time talking on ICQ, took something back to a shop, read my book, painted my toenails.’
      1. 2.1(of a store) accept returned goods.
        • ‘While the shop was willing to take the durables back, it has yet not replaced nor refunded the equipment.’
        • ‘If he did not manage to sell it before or during his forthcoming journey to Flanders, he would return it to the dealer Fierens who was willing to take it back at cost, namely three hundred livres.’
        accept back, give a refund for, exchange, trade, swap
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    • 3Printing
      Transfer text to the previous line.

      • ‘The mark surrounds the matter to be taken back and it also extends in to the margin.’
  • take something down

    • 1Write down spoken words.

      ‘I took down the address’
      • ‘He muttered things under his breath in a language I didn't recognize, shifting between several books, and taking notes down in a little black book.’
      • ‘Vincent was reading one of her thick books and taking notes down.’
      • ‘Are you taking notes down or maybe just scrawling love messages to your hubby?’
      • ‘When I started to make it from the begin, I saw Mrs. Kennedy taking notes down of everything I do.’
      • ‘Obviously, it can be very useful to take your notes down straight away, i.e. as soon as something interesting happens.’
      • ‘I shuffled through my pockets, trying to find a piece of paper and a writing utensil so I could take the address down.’
      • ‘Personal details were taken down for the record.’
      • ‘Certainly, within Maori heritage, oral history is of extreme importance, and it is extremely important that it is taken down and recorded in an appropriate fashion.’
      • ‘As he reflected on this fact, he began to write the notes for the day and that he knew would just be a waste of chalk because no one would take the notes down.’
      • ‘Stewart spoke from a military hospital in Sydney, McAuley spoke from Melbourne, and she took their statement down in longhand.’
      write, make a note of, set down, scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper
      write down, note down, make a note of, jot down, set down, mark down, record, put on record, commit to paper, put in black and white, register, draft, document, minute, pen
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    • 2Dismantle and remove a structure.

      ‘the old Norman church was taken down in 1819’
      • ‘In addition, in every street of every suburb, cottages and structures in back yards have been taken down, leaving lodgers without accommodation.’
      • ‘But their health has deteriorated so much in recent months that they are willing to return the money if the structure is taken down.’
      • ‘In recent weeks the roof of the building had been removed and then the inside of the premises had been taken down, leaving just the exterior walls standing as an empty shell.’
      • ‘Tony and Jane were given until March this year to take the structure down.’
      • ‘Many older buildings have been taken down to make room for roads and newer structures.’
      • ‘It does not make sense, and Denmark, the world leader in this form of energy production, has now stopped its building programme and is actually taking the structures down.’
      • ‘The windows were falling in, there were holes in the floor, and even the church bell had been taken down and left in a chair.’
      • ‘But council bosses ordered the residents to take the gates down - or have them removed - because they were blocking access to a public alleyway.’
      • ‘The property has been in storage since the 1950s, when it was taken down as one of the few ancient structures to survive Second World War bombing.’
      • ‘The building consisted of mass concrete and heavy duty steel and it took a major effort by demolition machines to take it down.’
      remove, dismantle, disassemble, unfasten, separate, take apart, take to pieces, take out, disconnect
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  • take from

  • take someone in

    • 1Accommodate someone as a lodger or because they are homeless or in difficulties.

      • ‘She is destitute, begs and is near death almost for three days, until she comes upon a house, whose members take her in and care for her.’
      • ‘The first year they took someone in, he expected free accommodation for the rest of the summer.’
      • ‘I took you in, fed you, cleaned you, raised you (even if like a servant), and cared for you.’
      • ‘Uncle was the one who took them in, fed them and taught them how to live on their own.’
      • ‘But people were really kind to us, they took us in and fed us and stuff, so it was pretty impossible to stay mad on the whole tour, and I was trying really hard.’
      • ‘They took us in, fed us, clothed us, and taught us basic survival skills.’
      • ‘Seraph brought her to the convent, which took her in.’
      • ‘Remarkably this German woman, Frau Fuchs, and her husband, an ambulance driver, not only took them in but harboured them until the Russians entered Dresden.’
      • ‘I took them in and have given them a warm house to sleep in, lots to eat and long walks across the tundra.’
      • ‘Terry Evans took Barrett in when he was homeless and offered him a place to stay.’
      accommodate, board, house, feed, put up, take care of, admit, let in, receive, welcome, take, billet, harbour
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    • 2Cheat, fool, or deceive someone.

      ‘she tried to pass this off as an amusing story, but nobody was taken in’
      • ‘In fact we actually had really interesting discussions about it once we all admitted that maybe we were taken in in some parts and we enjoyed the joke.’
      • ‘In every situation, we demonstrate the clairvoyance of the dupe who swears that he will not be taken in again.’
      • ‘The next moment they think they can take me in by tricks that a baby would see through - bless them!’
      • ‘So you were taken in just like all the other fools by her beauty?’
      • ‘But she was not taken in by his charade and finally tricked him and galloped off with his mount and money alike.’
      • ‘We chuckled at how Bill Buckley had been taken in by a hoax involving postal taxes on internet mail.’
      • ‘As things had turned out, however, he had not been taken in by the con trick and he had not suffered a little, redeemable financial damage and a whole lot of less easily repaired damage to his pride.’
      • ‘In May 2002, Roy Greenslade, the editor of the Mirror during its witch-hunt against Scargill, admitted he had been taken in by lies.’
      • ‘We have to admit, we were taken in at first when we received an email charting the conversation between one Bradley Chait and one Claire Swire.’
      • ‘I must admit I was taken in absolutely by Michael Volle (Beckmesser).’
      deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, trick, dupe, fool, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, gull, humbug, bluff, hoax, bamboozle
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  • take something in

    • 1Undertake work at home.

      ‘she took in laundry on weekends’
      • ‘Take laundry in to do for others that don't want to be bothered doing this.’
    • 2Make a garment tighter by altering its seams.

      • ‘When taking garments in, try on the garment and pin at the spot where the most fabric needs to be removed.’
      • ‘I took it in to be altered before I went to New Jersey in August because it needed to be taken in all over and the skirt needed to be lifted up.’
      1. 2.1Furl a sail.
        • ‘As they drew near, they began to take in sail after sail, until they were reduced to the same condition.’
    • 3Receive a specified amount of money as payment or earnings.

      ‘our club took in nearly $800,000 in its first year’
      • ‘It means they can respond quickly to calls, and drivers can take more money with fewer dead miles between jobs.’
      • ‘That means that the government spends less money than it takes in and applies the surplus to the NIB.’
      • ‘What would you say if I told you that the video game industry takes in more money per year than the movie entertainment business?’
    • 4Include or encompass something.

      ‘the sweep of his arm took in most of Main Street’
      • ‘The book attempts to take in a too broad canvas and not everyone is au fait with pastiche operetta.’
      • ‘The cove was named after Alfred Waylen, the original grantee of Swan Location 74 which took in most of the present day localities of Myaree and Alfred Cove.’
      include, encompass, embrace, contain, comprise, cover, incorporate, embody, comprehend, subsume, envelop
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      1. 4.1Fully understand or absorb something heard or seen.
        ‘she took in the scene at a glance’
        • ‘Of course, I will need to re-read the transcript later to take it in fully.’
        • ‘He carried this piece of paper to the glass door of the classroom, and then instructed me to stand facing the door, holding the piece of paper to the door with my forehead, so I could stare at the two words and take them in fully.’
        • ‘I threw my arms around him and took his presence in.’
        • ‘Shivering with fear and cold, I tried to take the whole scene in.’
        • ‘I stood on the cliff tonight and took it in, arms out in the standard Zorba-the-Czech posture I assume in these moods of surpassing joy.’
        • ‘We are allowed to look at a scene and take things in.’
        • ‘Melissa gestured toward Braden, Megan just nodded, not quite fully taking it in, but more like stuck in that moment of time.’
        • ‘But I was too loaded to ever take the time to actually take it in and understand it.’
        • ‘That was something I didn't want to do, but knew I had to in order to fully take it in.’
        • ‘Kate's dad Ron phoned me up to tell me and when I heard I couldn't take it in.’
        comprehend, understand, grasp, follow, absorb, soak in, assimilate, make out
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    • 5Visit or attend a place or event in a casual way or on the way to another.

      ‘he'd maybe take in a movie, or just relax’
      • ‘He was in town with his wife, and they took in a minor league ball game earlier in the day.’
      • ‘We even took in a movie, in French with Spanish subtitles!’
  • take off

    • 1(of an aircraft or bird) become airborne.

      • ‘Coun Brand says the noise is mainly caused by aircraft taking off from the airport.’
      • ‘Crowds regularly flocked to the base to see the aircraft take off on one of its many test flights.’
      • ‘British fighter aircraft taking off from West Malling airfield were guided by the terrible orange glow on the horizon.’
      • ‘Any unfound debris on runways could cause damage to aircraft landing and taking off at the airport.’
      • ‘This will be used later with a stock shot of an aircraft taking off from the airport.’
      • ‘The wheels drop off when the aircraft takes off, and the ground crew retrieves them.’
      • ‘Aircraft taking off from Manchester Airport could have crashed into part of a jumbo jet engine which had fallen on to the runway.’
      • ‘It worked and the plane's head rose a little bit and the aircraft took off safely.’
      • ‘The local press has played up the danger these birds might pose for aircraft landing and taking off.’
      • ‘The airline says it had no knowledge of the security breach before the aircraft took off.’
      become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing
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      1. 1.1(of an enterprise) become successful or popular.
        ‘the newly launched electronic newspaper has really taken off’
        • ‘Should it ever take off and become wildly popular, you'd be advised to sign up now to avoid MeFi style agony.’
        • ‘His career took off when he was spotted by an Italian scout playing in a friendly tournament in a Paris park.’
        • ‘As Carlyle's career slowly took off, the couple moved to London, settling in Chelsea.’
        • ‘We were going to just count the number of nominations we were getting, but as it took off there were too many for us to read them all.’
        • ‘But as we started to get the traditional boost of people voting on their way home from work it just took off.’
        • ‘The Ferry was a success, and the fledgling company really started to take off.’
        • ‘Then Hotmail and the like took off and almost everyone started using web-based e-mail.’
        • ‘They were astonished at how the business took off with young Western-born Muslims.’
        • ‘The business really took off by the end of December, with all places now full.’
        • ‘Their pure fruit smoothie recipes took off, and they've grown steadily since.’
        succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, progress, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom, turn out well
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    • 2Depart hastily.

      ‘the officer took off after his men’
      • ‘Together they made millions, but when the relationship soured Doherty took off with just a small bag.’
      • ‘The police were called and on arrival Robinson took off but was stopped soon after, the court heard.’
      • ‘A taxi driver was beaten and robbed by three men who then took off in his car.’
      • ‘He had retrieved it from a rubbish bin but was having little success in taking off with his prize.’
      • ‘So myself and all my mates all took off for England, and I was to remain there in fact for five years.’
      • ‘The very saddest day of both of our lives was on my 18th birthday when my mother took off.’
      • ‘His leg was probably broken at this point but he held on as the Mondeo took off at great speed along Worksop Road.’
      • ‘Sixty-years ago last week, Glenn Miller took off in the fog for Paris and was never seen again.’
      • ‘The limousine took off, and the pensioners all moved to one side to let the car through.’
      • ‘The guards were raiding and he took off like an Olympic sprinter, only to come to a sudden halt.’
      withdraw, retire, take one's leave, make one's departure, leave, exit, depart, go away, pull out, quit, make oneself scarce
      clear off, clear out
      run away, run off, flee, abscond, take flight, decamp, disappear, leave, go, depart, make off, bolt, make a break for it, make a run for it, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
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  • take something off

    • 1Remove clothing from one's or another's body.

      ‘she took off her cardigan’
      • ‘Then the clothing is taken off and preserved - usually hung to dry so that its DNA evidence will not be destroyed by decomposition.’
      • ‘You can't take that suit off, but your body will resume its former masculine shape.’
      • ‘Rebecca Lloyd-Smith, prosecuting, told the jury the defendant took off his shirt.’
      • ‘The man just got out of the car, casually took his coat off, threw it into the car, calmly walked around to the car in front and lamped the driver.’
      • ‘Their ties were taken off, shoelaces removed, like common criminals.’
      • ‘Leanne then realized she should remove her hat and took it off, placing it under her chair.’
      • ‘He took his clothes off and threw them down a banking before driving to his mother's house.’
      • ‘Colin gently laid her body on her bed and Meila took her shoes off and covered her body with her duvet cover.’
      • ‘But did you intend to do so, which is why you took the clothes off your upper body?’
      • ‘After washing him up, and taking his outer clothing off, she was about to leave when a heavy hand came up behind her and pulled her down.’
      remove, doff, divest oneself of, shed, strip off, pull off, peel off, climb out of, slip out of, shrug off, throw off, cast off, fling off, fling aside, discard
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    • 2Deduct part of an amount.

      • ‘It went up to $44.99 but then they took off $10 because we bundled with the internet, and that makes it $34.99.’
      deduct, subtract, take away, remove
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    • 3Choose to have a period away from work.

      ‘I took the next day off’
      • ‘After a continuous seven-year period, John took a year off and he returned in 2003 with renewed enthusiasm.’
      • ‘For any of you who can take some time off over this period, it will be just the best way to explore the countryside of Thailand.’
      • ‘I like their new stuff, but I agree that they took a long period off and people don't know what to expect.’
      • ‘In fact what made the journalists so angry was that many of the bosses chose to take the night off.’
      • ‘After my hit single I chose to take a year off to write my autobiography and produce this new album.’
      • ‘If you feel progressively chillier over a week, take a day off to allow your body to recover.’
      • ‘Taking my Constitutionals indoors removes the option of taking the day off and blaming it all on the interaction between sun, earth, and atmosphere.’
      • ‘After she took a few years off to start a clothing business, Burke's acting career is back in high gear.’
      • ‘And he took a night off last fall from ‘World News Tonight’ so that he could do the radio broadcast of a big benefit concert there.’
      • ‘Anyway, I took the week off from work; they wanted to deduct that from my vacation pay.’
  • take someone on

    • 1Hire an employee.

      • ‘In the meantime, individuals so diagnosed might well be discriminated against by insurance companies who will refuse to take them on, or employers who will refuse to hire them.’
      • ‘They demanded that Metrobus take them on as permanent employees.’
      • ‘When you go to interviews many employers don't want to take you on because you are a single father.’
      • ‘When an employer takes somebody on, at the end of the day there has to be a reward.’
      • ‘If that goes well, the employer will take him on as an apprentice.’
      • ‘But he is finding it impossible to find an employer willing to take him on as an apprentice.’
      • ‘Prospective employers hesitate to take him on, because they view him as a liability.’
      • ‘The limit used to be a year, so when an employer took somebody on, at least that employee would work for a year before the provisions came in.’
      • ‘In Yogyakarta, UGM was recruiting a large number of employees and Soenaryo was taken on as an office boy at the school of technology.’
      • ‘There had been a medical examination before his employment which identified that disability and the respondent chose to take him on with that disability.’
      engage, hire, employ, enrol, enlist, sign up, take into employment, put on the payroll
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    • 2Be willing or ready to meet an adversary or opponent, especially a stronger one.

      ‘a group of villagers has taken on the planners’
      • ‘Several opponents took him on; more often than not, they ended up worse for wear.’
      • ‘And the only way to do that is to jog his memory and let him know I'm back… back and ready to take him on.’
      • ‘Her eyes narrowed, ‘Next time, you had better be damned sure that you are ready to take me on.’’
      • ‘Michael Brodie roared out a warning to the rest of the world's featherweights: ‘I'm ready to take you on!’’
      • ‘But he's a talk show host, so his opponents should take him on in public.’
      • ‘And then he tells someone on the phone that ‘The president is ready to take Congress on.’’
      • ‘Murray was a thorn in the side of the City defenders all afternoon, rarely giving them time to dwell on the ball when in possession and always ready to take them on with the ball at his feet.’
      • ‘So it means that the low fare carrier in Australia can withstand one hell of a battle, and if Qantas wants to take us on, we're ready to take 'em on.’
      • ‘In the 400, Klochkova appears untouchable, but Hungary's Risztov may be ready to take her on.’
      • ‘And even they liked it, came increasingly willingly to the slaughter, Posh and Becks, John Humphries, Germaine Greer, ready to take him on.’
      compete against, oppose, challenge, confront, face, fight, match oneself against, pit oneself against, vie with, contend against, contend with, battle against, battle with, struggle against, take up cudgels against, stand up to, go head to head against
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  • take something on

    • 1Undertake a task or responsibility, especially a difficult one.

      ‘whoever takes on the trout farm will have their work cut out’
      • ‘Finding another studio willing to take the project on proved difficult.’
      • ‘York Archaeological Trust has been looking at how outlying areas could be explored and the task was taken on by York Archaeological Forum, a group of professional and amateur archaeologists who advise York Council.’
      • ‘I took the responsibility on because I was convinced that it would be easier than it has turned out to be.’
      • ‘Members of the TRA appealed to local residents for help and, despite an initial flood of interest, the daunting task was taken on and successfully completed by only eight members.’
      • ‘Administrative tasks will be taken on by support staff so teachers can concentrate on teaching and a pupil researcher will be appointed to monitor progress.’
      • ‘Repairing this damage, and returning to the centre ground, seem like an almost impossible, and thankless task, for whoever takes it on.’
      • ‘It was a huge administrative task and Sanderson took it on with extraordinary zeal, travelling all over the country, interviewing candidates for regional posts and trying to bring opposing factions together.’
      • ‘He dismisses the help of his own mates, takes his task on alone, and in doing so attempts again to find the impossible-a place between social worlds, a quest that time and time again ends in death.’
      • ‘Formulating a succinct and meaningful constructive agenda out of disparate protests is a feat unto itself for leftists, and I am not going to snub this formidable task by taking it on in the space remaining.’
      • ‘Whoever takes it on now has the fun task of rebuilding the party, just to be dumped a year out from the election.’
      accept, take up, take on, undertake
      undertake, accept, take on oneself, tackle, turn one's hand to, adopt, assume, shoulder, embrace, acquire, carry, bear, support
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    • 2Acquire a particular meaning or quality.

      ‘the subject has taken on a new significance in the past year’
      • ‘As the running battle was fought along the seafront, the scene took on a surreal sense.’
      • ‘From that momentous day, Muir's already awesome influence took on a fresh sheen.’
      • ‘In the process of translation and adaptation, Verdi's opera took on qualities of its own.’
      • ‘Her version takes on added resonance and power when you remember that Tori is herself a victim of male violence.’
      • ‘It is then that Jacobsen's controversial account takes on the tone of a cheap airport thriller.’
      • ‘Indeed their joint instincts occasionally took on an almost telepathic dimension.’
      • ‘It was a city where Baudelaire's vision of the artist of modern life took on a new urgency.’
      • ‘Along the way, we will also come to an understanding of why labour took on the importance it did for Marx.’
      • ‘When followers are taken into account, the hunt takes on the character of a spectator sport.’
      • ‘On a trip to the ground last Wednesday, the wind took on the properties of a giant cutlass.’
      acquire, assume, come to have, come by
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  • take someone out

    • 1Escort someone to a social event or place of entertainment.

      ‘I finally get to take her out on Saturday night’
      • ‘Nate had taken Mia out several times.’
      • ‘So tell me, is this date better than anything Justin has taken you out on?’
      • ‘Swanson had repeatedly called Donna, bought her gifts, and taken her out on expensive dates - active steps that the court ruled lured her away from marital bliss and culminated in divorce.’
      • ‘Brandon had taken her out on numerous dates, but it just didn't feel the same.’
      • ‘You did not have to come on the other dates I have taken you out on.’
      • ‘He asked me one time if I had taken you out on a date yet.’
      • ‘See, apparently I made the mistake in assuming that since I've taken Cat out almost every day this week, that would mean we were actually going out.’
      go out with, escort, partner, accompany, go with
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    • 2Bridge
      Respond to a bid or double by one's partner by bidding a different suit.

      • ‘A wonderful agreement is that if you take out partner's 3 NT to 4 of a previously bid minor, you are making a slam try in the minor, and if partner then bids 4 NT, this is negative, to play.’
  • take someone/something out

    • Kill, destroy, or disable someone or something.

      • ‘A huge number of the group around Muqrin were taken out last night - killed or arrested.’
      • ‘No matter how safe a driver you are, you can be taken out by someone else's bad driving.’
      • ‘‘I agree with you on principle,’ Brenner said, ‘but it's not worth sending a young man to kill himself to take O'Dell out.’’
      • ‘The fighters who tried to take him out, he killed with his speed by taking advantage of their mistakes and countering them off a miss.’
      • ‘And if somebody wants to take you out and creates an assassination contract on your head, then the hitman gets your picture to familiarize himself with the face he's to kill.’
      • ‘You caused a big uproar a few weeks ago when you suggested the U.S. should just simply take him out, should simply kill him.’
      • ‘I don't see him getting hit, but I do see him bungling an order to take someone out, and getting himself killed.’
      • ‘Nothing beats getting 10-15 kills before someone eventually takes me out!’
      • ‘Worst of all, if the agency concluded that she didn't intend to go through with the assassination, they would take her out.’
      • ‘It is neither our intention nor in our interest to take him out or assassinate him.’
      kill, murder, assassinate, put to death, do away with, put an end to, get rid of, dispatch, execute, finish off, eliminate, exterminate, terminate
      destroy, obliterate, annihilate
      do in, bump off, rub out, wipe out, hit, mow down, top
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  • take something out

    • 1Obtain an official document or service.

      ‘you can take out a loan for a specific purchase’
      • ‘If a debt has already been amassed and your repayments are impossible to meet, talk to your bank manager about taking out a personal loan.’
      • ‘When you go to a bank, although it might be called a car loan you're actually taking out a personal loan with the bank.’
      • ‘Afraid to own up to the truth, she takes out a huge loan and buys a replica to return to her rich friend.’
      • ‘More people are taking out interest-only mortgages, but they could face big debts if house prices fall further.’
      • ‘Many years ago I took out a personal loan to buy a decent second-hand car.’
      • ‘Williams is also $120,000 in debt from a series of bank loans he took out to finance the development of Broadcast 2000.’
      • ‘Anthony thanked the main sponsors and all the people who took out advertisements.’
      1. 1.1Get a license or summons issued.
        • ‘According to a source, the pair took out a license on Tuesday morning.’
    • 2Buy food at a cafe or restaurant for eating elsewhere.

      ‘he ordered a lamb madras to take out’
      • ‘I really wanted a milkshake and ordered one to take away.’
  • take something out on

    • Relieve frustration or anger by attacking or mistreating (a person or thing not responsible for such feelings)

      • ‘Children are soft targets and easy to take frustrations out on.’
      • ‘Instead, I took my anger out on her, my frustrations, purely because she was there.’
      • ‘I guess that was why you took your anger out on all those guys.’
      • ‘But she should be the last person he should be taking his frustrations out on.’
      • ‘Then at least I'll have something to take my anger out on.’
      • ‘I don't know, I am a bit of a soft target to take your anger out on, don't you think?’
      • ‘And when you're the defendant and you're the only one that they can take that anger out on, you're going to pretty much always get convicted.’
      • ‘Chin's attackers were angry about not being able to find jobs in the auto industry and - mistakenly believing that he was Japanese - took their anger out on him.’
      • ‘I'm sure you missed having some one to take your anger out on.’
      • ‘Then she found out her grandmother, her primary caretaker, was dying of cancer and she took her anger out on the only person she had: me.’
  • take something over

    • 1Assume control of something.

      ‘British troops had taken over the German trenches’
      • ‘Anisminic Ltd was a British mining company which had owned property in Egypt, but during the Suez Crisis in 1956 the property was taken over by Israeli troops and £500,000 worth of damage was caused to it.’
      • ‘Let's invade the country and take it over so they know where they can kill our troops.’
      • ‘Considering the fact if an airliner is taken over, and the pilot is no longer in control of the aircraft, the US Government's option is to send up a couple of F - 15s to blast the airliner from the sky.’
      • ‘East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, was invaded in 1975 by Indonesian troops, with 200,000 of its citizens killed before it was taken over.’
      • ‘On December 17, 1943, residents were forced to leave the village near Warminster when it was taken over for training US troops in the Second World War.’
      • ‘They just wanted to have our troops invade it and take it over.’
      • ‘We can be attracted to that other, wishing to possess it, control it, or take it over and make it part of ourselves: this is passion.’
      • ‘The new struggle is the sort that is happening in Iraq, where resources have been taken over and people are struggling to gain back local control of them.’
      • ‘Officers said that the perimeter of the cathedral was controlled by police, but the inside of the church had been taken over by Rock Steady.’
      • ‘But again, I think they want to control their case, and when the media starts taking it over and the ‘Enquirer’ is the one breaking news on evidence, then they've got a problem.’
      assume control of, take control of, gain control of, take charge of, take command of, assume responsibility for
      assume, acquire, gain, appropriate, be elevated to
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      1. 1.1(of a company) buy out another.
        • ‘It acquired 20% of Montedison with the idea of taking it over, extracting the power company and part-financing the deal through disposals of Montedison's other assets.’
        • ‘Mr Woodhead ran Standard Fireworks in Huddersfield until a Hong Kong company took it over and moved production to China, blaming excessive factory controls in this country.’
        • ‘My wife and I got some money from First Active shares earlier this year when the company was taken over and we haven't done anything about capital gains tax.’
        • ‘We remain interested in taking it over as a community-owned facility so we can more appropriately care for it but there is no way we can pay big sum of money for it.’
        • ‘In the technology world, this is not your classic merger where the acquirer nukes 90% of the staff of the acquired company and basically takes it over.’
        • ‘British Land first acquired an interest in the York properties in 1997 before taking them over completely.’
        • ‘The management team had been together for a good number of years and we felt it was an appropriate time to take it over.’
        • ‘At this stage, it's not clear what CH's plan for the satellites is - assuming it does indeed take them over.’
        • ‘In such a scenario he said the Israelis could end up with full control of the company without paying to take it over.’
        • ‘In the late 1990s the paper was taken over by the Alpha Newspaper group, which is controlled by former Ulster Unionist MP and Stormont cabinet minister John Taylor, now Lord Kilclooney.’
      2. 1.2Become responsible for a task in succession to another.
        ‘he will take over as chief executive in April’
        • ‘Elders who formerly controlled distribution of land within the family and household lost some of this control, as it was taken over increasingly by outsiders with political clout.’
        • ‘If necessary, part of the responsibility is taken over by the internal security troops.’
        • ‘All border controls were taken over by the Bundesgrenzschutz.’
        • ‘City's finances were taken over by the State Financial Control Board.’
        • ‘Eventually, these simple, repetitive tasks were taken over by newly designed machines.’
        • ‘The 173d Airborne Brigade escorted Air Force fuel from Mosul to Kirkuk until the task was taken over by the 101st Corps Support Group.’
        • ‘It should also be noted that GPs are absolved of their responsibilities when the care is taken over by a hospital.’
        • ‘The control of pollution functions were taken over by the National Rivers Authority and consolidated in the Water Resources Act 1991.’
        • ‘The key to all of this is training troops and police forces to take that mission over.’
        • ‘When the UDC's property and responsibilities were taken over by Bradford Council in 1974, the stones were left in the Ashlands Road cemetery, some piled on crates, with some of the others left standing against a wall.’
        deputize, act, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, act as stand-in, fill in, sit in, do duty, take over, act as understudy, act as locum, do a locum, be a proxy, cover, provide cover, hold the fort, step into the breach
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    • 2Printing
      Transfer text to the next line.

      • ‘But a syllable of two letters must not be taken over to the next line.’
  • take to

    • 1Begin or fall into the habit of.

      ‘he took to hiding some secret supplies in his desk’
      • ‘Or take to relatively less harmful habits like drinking, smoking and gambling.’
      • ‘A lot of people took to drink for solace, and drunkenness was often a problem.’
      • ‘The latest and most amusing one was discovering two students who took to falling asleep in a lecture.’
      • ‘Lorenzo Amoruso of Rangers seems to be an amiable sort of fellow so it was sad to read that, during a long injury lay-off, he fell into a depression and took to the drink.’
      • ‘Ronnie and I took to drinking in a nationalist shebeen, the Old House.’
      • ‘They also took to the habit of calling me Charlie, even though it was no longer necessary.’
      • ‘To cope with the stress of sudden fame he took to drink, but these days never touches a drop.’
      • ‘After an initial treatment elsewhere, he took to drinking again.’
      • ‘The funding turned out to be chimerical; Förster panicked and took to drink.’
      • ‘Once the local gossip was out of the way, she took to her usual habit of saying, ‘So what's new?’’
      make a habit of, resort to, turn to, have recourse to, begin, start
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    • 2Form a liking for.

      ‘Mrs. Brady never took to Moran’
      • ‘So they easily take to the exercises, said participant Celine Chen.’
      • ‘Martin seemed to do very well as a valet and Richard took to him easily which I was very happy to here.’
      • ‘American mobile phone users are beginning to take to SMS, but IM may be the future for wireless messaging in the US.’
      • ‘Footballers are insular but they took to him very quickly.’
      • ‘Children could easily take to the world of 3D excitement offered here.’
      • ‘Annette Salmeen was one of the UCLA athletes who took to the ideas quickly.’
      • ‘The advent of online lotteries had a bad effect on the State lottery, as fortune seekers began to take to the former.’
      • ‘He convinces her to go by promising a full congregation for her mission, and Sarah quickly takes to the milk drinks Sky orders for her.’
      • ‘Mainly because I think people will take to weblogs very quickly.’
      • ‘Well Susie quickly took to the emo lifestyle, she already had pierced herself fourteen times by the end of the hour.’
      develop a liking for, like, get on with, become friendly with
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      1. 2.1Develop an ability for (something), especially quickly or easily.
        ‘I took to pole-vaulting right away’
        • ‘What amazes me is how quickly they take to caring for an elderly person who has to be cleaned, dressed and sorted out.’
        • ‘Mr Wilstrop, 20, whose father often teaches the sport at the school, said the youngsters took to squash very quickly.’
        • ‘Frasier takes to the radio job at KACL with some enthusiasm and enjoys being a local celebrity.’
        • ‘While some former cricket stars were good at commenting, others took to umpiring but for Kapil there is a greater joy in getting closer to people.’
        • ‘He shifted to left late last July and took to it quickly, improving rapidly in range and instincts.’
        • ‘Aaron and Luke took to it very quickly after that, but Nick and I just couldn't grasp it.’
        • ‘He quickly took to the work and was even initiated into the Guild.’
        • ‘I went through several modules using games to explore mathematics, and they took to the work quickly.’
        • ‘He took to learning sign language quickly and was soon outpacing his mother and aunt.’
        • ‘I took to figure skating with enthusiasm and began competing at the age of eight.’
        become good at, develop an ability for, develop an aptitude for, be suitable for
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    • 3Go to (a place) to escape danger or an enemy.

      ‘they took to the hills’
      • ‘To escape, Nancy takes to the road to hitchhike out of the situation.’
      • ‘Most able-bodied men fled, some running to the river on the west side, some taking to the hills to the east.’
      • ‘Of course there is every chance that voters might literally take to the hills to escape such an election, but to my mind it is a risk worth taking.’
      • ‘As the lowlands dry up in spring, the nomads take to the hills to spend the summer months.’
      • ‘Shocked into a speechless stupor, Ibis took to the air to escape the horrible sight on the ground.’
      • ‘He had to take to the hills and it was from here that he blessed Ireland and all in it with two exceptions, snakes and the Red Bog.’
      • ‘When the bombs started falling, the family took to an Anderson shelter and a garden shed.’
      • ‘Increasingly, Zambia's AIDS orphans attempt to escape their suffering by taking to the street.’
      • ‘The contrast with their hosts was enough to leave any Tartan Army foot soldier taking to the hills in fear.’
  • take something up

    • 1Become interested or engaged in a pursuit.

      ‘she took up tennis at the age of 11’
      • ‘She told me last week she once did kick-boxing and was interested in taking it up again when she moves to Sheffield!’
      • ‘Watching opera on television and attending live opera performances got her interested in taking it up as a career.’
      • ‘Those interested in keeping fit and those who plan to take it up as a career can join the classes for a fee of Rs.1,750.’
      • ‘I don't have a single friend who's not interested in listening to music or taking it up himself.’
      • ‘He exerted great influence on a number of other mathematicians who joined him at Kiev, and his interests were taken up by others there, particularly Bukreev.’
      • ‘Extended versions of the course are also on offer for anybody taking it up as a full-time career like Jennifer Lopez in the hit film The Wedding Planner.’
      • ‘Mr Frost contacted Counsel and Care after reading about its national campaign to encourage older people to continue their artistic pursuits, or take them up for the first time.’
      • ‘Mostly good weather favoured the event for the three weeks when outdoor pursuits could be taken up.’
      • ‘‘Those interested in taking up careers in flying can take this hobby up,’ he said.’
      • ‘Her father had agreed to take him on as a student so he could learn more about jazz music, since he had just begun taking it up.’
      become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow
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      1. 1.1Begin to hold or fulfill a position or post.
        ‘he left to take up an appointment as a missionary’
        • ‘While he was there he received an offer of a Chair of Mathematics at the University of Poznan, and was awaiting approval of the post by the Ministry of Education so that he could take it up at the beginning of the 1939-40 academic year.’
        • ‘He was offered appointments but did not take them up.’
        • ‘Initially,he had applied for an advertised job of book-keeper at the RAOB, also know as the Buffs Club, but could not take it up.’
        • ‘But its reasoning in paragraph 13 shows that it was only addressing its mind to the different argument that, had another job been offered, her illness would have prevented her taking it up and continuing in it.’
        • ‘If the agreement held, the positions in the new government would be taken up and elections held within a year.’
        • ‘The real Charlie takes his position up behind Forrest and allows him to fire, thoroughly destroying his copies and leaving rather nasty looking impact marks in the arena.’
        • ‘A keen artist, Carli, who went to Huby primary school and Easingwold School, had been offered a place at York College, but couldn't take it up because she had a relapse of her ME.’
        • ‘Part of the problem, Mr Adams said, was that there was no traffic warden patrolling for more than a year before he took the post up in July.’
        • ‘The Authors took their positions up around the Square, pages fluttering rapidly in their shivering hands.’
        • ‘Then Wiun takes his post up on the arena's catwalk, amidst the media, the announcers, disc jockey, and many other members of the crew.’
      2. 1.2Accept an offer or challenge.
        • ‘It is in all our interests that his invitation is taken up.’
        • ‘Indeed, I suggest that if the Government offered Ngati Tuwharetoa who are living in the Bay of Plenty now an opportunity to exchange their position for what they had then, very few would take it up.’
        • ‘Nine or 10 of the lads, myself included, took the manager up on his kind offer.’
        • ‘Should he take the governor up on what is apparently a serious suggestion that the two of them debate?’
        • ‘There is of course no end of endless hand-wringing of the pay-the-piper/call-the-tune variety when public officials take private interests up on their hospitality.’
        • ‘So many couples took the city up on its surprise offer that, by late afternoon, overwhelmed officials told new applicants to return yesterday.’
        • ‘The right of selection by aptitude is open to specialist arts, sports, music, modern language and technology schools, although in practice not all take it up.’
        • ‘He says he was offered oil, but did not take it up and repeatedly told them he was not interested.’
        • ‘I took the train up in the morning, spent three hours or so doing the usual rounds of presentation and schmoozing, and then I thought I would take my host up on her offer to see the sights.’
        • ‘I believe it is harder, in this culture at this time, to write well about characters who do good, and so I believe that is a challenge thrown down before a writer, and I try to take that challenge up in my own way.’
        accept, take up, take on, undertake
        accept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain
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    • 2Occupy time, space, or attention.

      ‘I don't want to take up any more of your time’
      • ‘But many who currently sit in the Main Stand are angry that similar seats will not be available at the new stadium, because the space is taken up with expensive executive seats.’
      • ‘The other hundred pages are taken up by an afterword by Executive Producer Robbie Stamp offering an useful insights into the script development.’
      • ‘The remainder of the album is taken up by particularly appropriate couplings.’
      • ‘Zhechev's first day in the post was taken up with appointing referees for the matches in the eighth round of the championship.’
      • ‘If you divide the number of lines, 30,000, by the number of working days, you get about twelve lines to be learnt each day, though much time is taken up for practising and rehearsing what has been learnt before.’
      • ‘The rest of that building will be taken up with some retail space, a small number of offices, possibly a hotel, and conference facilities.’
      • ‘Phil Burgess, group main board director of Emerson, Orbit's parent company, told the committee that only four per cent of the floor space would be taken up with the goods restricted by the covenant.’
      • ‘Vincent is a grower and contractor and at this time of the year in particular his time is taken up completely in the harvesting of beet.’
      • ‘Most of the afternoon was taken up in Oxford, where I had a hair appointment.’
      • ‘It is clear from the wording of s. 84 that the list of matters that may be relevant is not intended to be exhaustive, and it is in the discussion of the nature of the public interest that much of the investigative time is taken up.’
      consume, fill, absorb, use, use up, occupy
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    • 3Pursue a matter later or further.

      ‘he'll have to take it up with the bishop’
      • ‘If the matter is not resolved locally, the associations could take it up with Garda Headquarters.’
      • ‘I am going to take it up with Roundway parish council and I know that other players are going to complain to their councillors.’
      • ‘‘I'd be very interested in taking it up and I'd like to invite representatives from this firm to come along and talk at our Parochial Church Council meeting about it,’ said Captain Wheatley.’
      • ‘If you wish to change legislation, why don't you take it up with the relevant authority?’
      • ‘If any members of the health board or the health board itself want to take it up with me, I will meet them anywhere, any place.’
      • ‘I decided not to take it up - too soon and no need - but it's an interesting idea.’
      • ‘You will be starting a bit earlier today, if that is a problem, take it up with Master Shay.’
      • ‘I'll be interested to see if other papers take it up, because that column goes out with the Wrap, which is now a subscription-only service.’
      • ‘I'll take it up with you over a cocktail tonight if you're downtown.’
      • ‘This is a matter for us to consider and we will take it up with the principals concerned.’
      1. 3.1Resume speaking after an interruption.
        ‘I took up where I had left off’
        • ‘He simply took up where he'd left off before I had so rudely interrupted him.’
        resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to
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    • 4Shorten a garment by turning up the hem.

      • ‘I'm looking to take them up, in and shorten the sleeves.’
      shorten, make shorter, turn up
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  • take someone up on

    • 1Accept (an offer or challenge) from someone.

      ‘I'd like to take you up on that offer’
      • ‘I took Slooh up on their offer of a test drive, and here's what I found.’
      • ‘I realized how stupid I was acting and decided to take him up on the offer, silently accepting the pudding snack.’
      • ‘As it is rare for James to actually make an effort to speak or spend time with me, and although I felt like having a sleep, I took him up on the offer.’
      • ‘She took me up on the offer (not so much for my winning personality, but more for the fact that her parents can be a little overpowering more often than not).’
      • ‘You know we've been sitting here all day just waiting for some handsome cowboy to come save us and you know not a one has took us up on the offer.’
      • ‘When we took them up on their kind offer the next day, they went one step further and Jim said, ‘Hell, take the Buick!’’
      • ‘The ad promoted six-month subscriptions to the Post by offering six movie tickets to people who took them up on the offer.’
      • ‘Fortunately, I don't have time to take her up on her offer, so Amherst audiences were mercifully spared.’
      • ‘I am delighted I took him up on his very kind offer.’
      • ‘A single Frenchman took him up on the offer, and Travis was true to his word.’
    • 2Challenge or question a speaker on (a particular point)

      ‘the interviewer did not take him up on his quotation’
      • ‘But I have to take you up on your question - your question to Frank Rich.’
  • take up with

    • Begin to associate with (someone), especially in a way disapproved of by the speaker.

      ‘he's taken up with a divorced woman, I understand’
      • ‘Thrice-married screen legend takes up with 19-year-old starlet?’
      • ‘‘I wouldn't mind taking up with up with her,’ another chuckled.’
      • ‘Willcox is 42, but will make a convincing Dora Maar, the half-French, half-Yugoslavian woman who was 29 when she took up with the 54-year-old artist in 1936.’
      • ‘As the film begins, she dumps him and takes up with one of his younger, upwardly-mobile colleagues.’
      • ‘The narcissism of the pervert, who is interested in sex only as extreme sensation nurtured in solitary fantasy, is best illustrated by a vulgar movie star Charlotte takes up with in season three.’
      • ‘After splitting from his producer wife, Polly Platt, after The Last Picture Show, he took up with its star, Cybill Shepherd.’
      • ‘I moved to Toronto and took up with a crew of no-nukes anarchists.’
      • ‘Maggie takes up with and marries Prince Amerigo, an impecunious Italian nobleman with a wreck of a castle in his homeland.’
      • ‘In 1984, during what was supposed to be Juliet's junior year of high school, she dropped out for good, took up with a girlfriend, moved to a skanky part of town, and started delivering pizza to pay for pot, coke, and lots of alcohol.’
      • ‘At 21, Caroline took up with Philippe Junot, a feckless playboy 17 years her senior.’
      become friendly with, become friends with, go around with, go along with, fall in with, join up with, string along with, get involved with, start seeing
      knock about with, knock around with, hang around with, hang out with
      hang about with
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Late Old English tacan get (especially by force), capture from Old Norse taka grasp, lay hold of of unknown ultimate origin.