Definition of taking in US English:



  • 1The action or process of taking something.

    ‘the taking of life’
    • ‘In fact, giving and taking are natural phenomenon in human relationships.’
    • ‘There should be no taking of sides when human rights are in jeopardy.’
    • ‘He had been released from prison last April after serving a sentence for assault and the unauthorised taking of a car.’
    • ‘So more eating, more drinking and more taking of photos - many of them painfully embarrassing.’
  • 2takingsThe amount of money earned by a business from the sale of goods or services.

    ‘box-office takings were scant’
    • ‘Companies may operate as shops-within-shops and pay rent as a percentage of takings to the host store.’
    • ‘Hotels and guesthouses simply can't cope with the fall in takings now facing them.’
    • ‘The venture has proved so popular that the business has doubled its takings every year.’
    • ‘The counterfeits were discovered when the shopkeepers tried paying their takings into the bank.’
    • ‘Thousands flocked to the three resorts last weekend and business takings were well up.’
    • ‘Open the tills, count the takings at the end of the night and don't count the cost!’
    • ‘Not only did the money go, the takings of our flag day, but he took the only set of weights we had for training.’
    • ‘As a goodwill gesture Mr Smith said he would be contributing some of his days' takings to help pay back the stolen money.’
    • ‘Chicago has already won critical acclaim and attracted big box office takings in London and the United States.’
    • ‘He tells how the company's daily takings have reached a record £106,000 and we see him counting wads of cash.’
    • ‘Surveys of local businesses suggest takings have fallen slightly.’
    • ‘Together with gate receipts, bar takings and sponsorship. the books are just about balanced.’
    • ‘As audiences dwindled, Apollo's pledge to keep the cinema open until a buyer could be found died with the box office takings.’
    • ‘At the end of the day he compares the tally of customers with the takings to ensure his profit margin.’
    • ‘Lizzy had done a gig the night before and Philip was divvying up the takings.’
    • ‘The club announced it was donating the entire evenings takings to the families of the missing firemen.’
    • ‘Meanwhile angry shopkeepers in Blackfen Road say takings are down by more than half.’
    • ‘Retailers can examine the till takings in a branch across the city, without having to lay a cable out there.’
    • ‘All takings from the gate will go to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.’
    • ‘Industry takings rely on the sale of alcohol and the more they sell, the better their profits.’
    proceeds, returns, receipts, earnings, winnings, pickings, spoils
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  • (of a person) captivating in manner; charming.

    ‘he was not a very taking person, she felt’
    • ‘When I was leaving the country the last time, a taking young man with Homburg hat, blue tie, light gloves, smart clothes and cane, came up with extended hand to meet me, and seeing uncertainty as to his identity in my expression as I took it, he exclaimed reproachfully--"What, have you forgotten poor Fr.------already?"’
    • ‘I must admit that she is not a taking young woman," she said. "I never felt myself so chilled and repressed in my life before."’
    delightful, pleasing, pleasant, agreeable, likeable, endearing, lovely, lovable, adorable, cute, sweet, appealing, attractive, good-looking, prepossessing
    charming, captivating, enchanting, beguiling, bewitching, alluring, fascinating, delightful, irresistible, magnetic, compelling, charismatic, pleasing, engaging, entrancing
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  • for the taking

    • Ready or available for someone to take advantage of.

      ‘the big money is out there for the taking’
      • ‘Waiters in white jackets were holding trays of water, orange juice or white wine for the taking.’
      • ‘Four units were available for the taking and quickly these were filled.’
      • ‘The independent and swing voters are looking to be ours for the taking if they keep this up.’
      • ‘The league game most definitely was there for the taking, and in many aspects we were the authors of our own misfortune.’
      • ‘Boiled in three or four changes of water, they are one of the first spring vegetables available for the taking.’
      • ‘Those were the days, down in Wakonda, when the timber of the Siuslaw was ours for the taking.’
      • ‘You can get any song, any program, or any movie that your heart desires and it's all free for the taking.’
      • ‘These, and all sorts of books both great and small, are out there, lying around in public places for the taking.’
      • ‘The game was there for the taking at half-time, but it was Leeds who took the lead when Ross kicked for the corner to set up a line-out drive.’
      • ‘Mason jars of jelly beans and gummy bears and fresh-baked cookies are there for the taking.’