Synonyms of take in English:

take


See definition of take

verb

1‘Anna smiled as she took his hand’

SYNONYMS

lay hold of, take hold of, get hold of, get into one's hands

grasp, grip, clasp, clutch, grab

ANTONYMS

give

2‘he took an envelope from his inside pocket’

SYNONYMS

remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish

confiscate, take possession of

ANTONYMS

give

3‘the following passage is taken from my book ‘Managing Stress’’

SYNONYMS

extract, quote, cite, excerpt, derive, abstract, reproduce, copy, cull, choose

4‘she took a little wine with her dinner’

SYNONYMS

drink, imbibe

consume, swallow, eat, ingest

5‘many thousands of prisoners were taken’

SYNONYMS

capture, seize, catch, take captive, arrest, apprehend, take into custody

carry off, abduct, lay hold of

trap, snare

ANTONYMS

free, liberate

6‘these thieving toerags have taken my car’

SYNONYMS

steal, remove, appropriate, misappropriate, make off with, pilfer, purloin, abstract, dispossess someone of

informal filch, pinch, swipe, nick, snaffle, walk off with

rare peculate

ANTONYMS

give

7‘take the bottom number from the total’

SYNONYMS

subtract, deduct, remove, take away, take off

discount

informal knock off, minus

ANTONYMS

add

8‘all the seats had been taken’

SYNONYMS

occupy, use, utilize, fill, hold

reserve, engage

informal bag

9‘I have just taken a room in a nearby house’

SYNONYMS

rent, lease, hire, charter

reserve, book, make a reservation for, arrange for, engage

10‘I decided to take the job’

SYNONYMS

accept, take up, take on, undertake

ANTONYMS

refuse

11‘I'd take childbirth today over what my grandmother had to go through’

SYNONYMS

pick, choose, select, decide on, settle on, fix on, single out

prefer, favour, opt for, plump for, vote for, elect

ANTONYMS

refuse, turn down

12‘take, for instance, the English word ‘one’’

SYNONYMS

consider, ponder, contemplate, think about, weigh up, give thought to, mull over, deliberate over, examine, study, cogitate about, chew over, meditate over, ruminate over

13‘he takes ‘The Observer’’

SYNONYMS

subscribe to, pay a subscription to, buy regularly, read regularly, read every day, read every month, read every week

14‘a nurse took his temperature’

SYNONYMS

ascertain, determine, establish, measure, find out, discover

calculate, compute, count, quantify, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge

15‘she started to take notes’

SYNONYMS

write, make a note of, set down, scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper

16‘I took it back to London with me’

SYNONYMS

bring, carry, bear, transport, convey, move, transfer, shift, haul, drag, lug, cart, ferry

informal tote

17‘she let the priest take her home’

SYNONYMS

escort, accompany, help, assist, show, lead, show someone the way, lead the way, conduct, guide, see, usher, steer, pilot, shepherd, convey

18‘he took the North London line to Acton’

SYNONYMS

travel on, travel by, journey on, go via

use, make use of, utilize

19‘the station takes its name from the nearby lake’

SYNONYMS

derive, get, obtain, come by, acquire, pick up, be given

20‘she took the prize for best individual speaker’

SYNONYMS

receive, obtain, gain, get, acquire, collect, accept, be given, be presented with, be awarded, have conferred on one

secure, procure, come by, win, earn, pick up, walk away with, walk off with, carry off

informal land, bag, net, scoop, cop

21‘she feared that I might take the chance to postpone the ceremony’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

miss, ignore

22‘he took great pleasure in creating his own individual style’

SYNONYMS

derive, draw, acquire, obtain, get, gain, extract, procure

experience, undergo, feel, encounter, know, come into contact with, face

23‘Elizabeth took the news of my sacking badly’

SYNONYMS

receive, respond to, react to, meet, greet

deal with, cope with

24‘do you take me for a fool?’

SYNONYMS

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

25‘I take it that you are George Tenison’

SYNONYMS

assume, presume, suppose, imagine, expect, believe, reckon, think, be of the opinion, gather, dare say, trust, surmise, deduce, guess, conjecture, fancy, suspect

take for granted, take as read

26‘I take your point’

SYNONYMS

understand, grasp, get, comprehend, apprehend, see, follow, take in

accept, appreciate, accept the validity of, acknowledge the validity of, admit the validity of, recognize, sympathize with, agree with

27‘Shirley was rather taken with this idea’

SYNONYMS

captivate, enchant, charm, delight, attract, win over, fascinate, bewitch, beguile, enthral, entrance, lure, infatuate, seduce, dazzle, hypnotize, mesmerize

please, amuse, divert, entertain, gladden, satisfy, gratify

informal tickle someone pink, tickle someone's fancy

28‘I can't take much more of this business’

SYNONYMS

endure, bear, suffer, tolerate, stand, put up with, stomach, brook, abide, carry, submit to, accept, permit, allow, admit, countenance, support, shoulder

Scottish thole

29‘applicants may be asked to take a test’

SYNONYMS

perform, execute, effect, discharge, carry out, accomplish, fulfil, complete, conduct, implement, do, make, have

rare effectuate

30‘I went on to take English, History, and French’

SYNONYMS

study, learn, be taught, have lessons in

read up on, work at, apply oneself to, acquire a knowledge of, gain an understanding of, grasp, master

take up, pursue

British read

informal do

31‘the journey should take a little over six hours’

SYNONYMS

last, continue for, go on for, carry on for, keep on for, run on for, endure for

require, call for, need, necessitate, entail, involve

32‘it would take an expert marksman with a high-powered rifle to hit him’

SYNONYMS

require, need, necessitate, demand, call for, entail, involve

33‘I take size 3 in shoes’

SYNONYMS

wear, habitually wear, use

require, need, be fitted by, fit

34‘we tried to bring the children up to think this way, but somehow it did not take’

SYNONYMS

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

work, operate, succeed, function


noun

1‘the whalers' commercial take’

SYNONYMS

catch, haul, bag, yield, net

2‘he is determined to increase the state's tax take’

SYNONYMS

revenue, income, gain, profit, money received, payments received

takings, proceeds, returns, receipts, profits, winnings, pickings, earnings, spoils

gate money, purse

British informal bunce

3‘you need someone with a clapperboard at the start of each take’

SYNONYMS

scene, sequence, filmed sequence, clip, part, segment

4‘her wry and knowing take on sex and gender issues’

SYNONYMS

view of, reading of, version of, interpretation of, understanding of, account of, explanation of, analysis of, approach to


Phrases

    take after

      ‘Jenny takes after her mother’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      favour, be a chip off the old block, be the spitting image of

    take a chair/seat

      ‘take a seat, I'll be with you in a second’

      SYNONYMS

      sit down, sit, seat oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself down, plop oneself down

      flump, perch

      informal

      take a pew, plonk oneself down

      take
    take against

      ‘Bernard soon took against the idea’

      SYNONYMS

      take a dislike to, feel hostile towards, view with disfavour, look askance on, become unfriendly towards

    take something apart

      ‘we took the machines apart several times’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      put together, assemble

    take someone/something apart

      ‘she was relishing the sight of me being taken apart by the director’

      SYNONYMS

      criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage

      informal

      knock, slam, pan, bash, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer

      ANTONYMS

      lavish praise on

    take someone back

      1‘a dream which took me back to my first year in Vienna’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      echo, suggest, smack of

      2‘if she apologizes I will take her back’

      SYNONYMS

      be reconciled to, forgive, pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve

      accept back, welcome, receive

      let bygones be bygones, forgive and forget, bury the hatchet

    take something back

      1‘I take back every word I said’

      SYNONYMS

      retract, withdraw, renounce, disclaim, disown, unsay, disavow, recant, abjure, repudiate, override

      back-pedal

      ANTONYMS

      stand by

      2‘I must take the keys back to the steward’

      SYNONYMS

      return, carry back, bring back, fetch back, give back, hand back, send back, restore, remit

      ANTONYMS

      keep, hang on to

      3‘I'd damaged the box so the shop wouldn't take it back’

      SYNONYMS

      accept back, give a refund for, exchange, trade, swap

      4‘the Romans took back the city in the following year’

      SYNONYMS

      regain, repossess, reclaim, retrieve, recover, recoup, restore, get back

      recapture, reconquer

      ANTONYMS

      give away, cede

    take someone by surprise

      ‘executives were taken by surprise when sales dropped off late last year’

      SYNONYMS

      take aback, surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle

      dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away

      jolt, throw, unnerve, disconcert, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, bewilder

      informal

      flabbergast, knock for six, knock sideways, knock out, floor, strike dumb

    take someone down a peg or two

      SYNONYMS

      humble, humiliate, mortify, bring down, take down, bring low, demean, show up, shame, put to shame, make ashamed, discomfit, disgrace, discredit, downgrade, debase, degrade, devalue, dishonour, embarrass, put someone in their place, make a fool of, chasten, subdue, get the better of, have the last laugh on, abash, abase, crush, squash, quash, deflate, flatten, make someone eat humble pie

      informal

      put down, settle someone's hash, cut down to size

      North American informal

      make someone eat crow

    take something down

      1‘the policeman took down her particulars’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      2‘we took down the lighting rig at the end of the shoot’

      SYNONYMS

      remove, dismantle, disassemble, unfasten, separate, take apart, take to pieces, take out, disconnect

      demolish, tear down, level, raze

      ANTONYMS

      leave in place

      3‘they insisted he take down the flag’

      SYNONYMS

      pull down, let down, haul down, move down, lower, drop, let fall, let sink

      ANTONYMS

      pull up, haul up

    take someone in

      1‘Mrs Smith took in paying guests’

      SYNONYMS

      accommodate, board, house, feed, put up, take care of, admit, let in, receive, welcome, take, billet, harbour

      ANTONYMS

      turn someone away

      2‘you were taken in by an elaborate trick’

      SYNONYMS

      deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, trick, dupe, fool, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, gull, humbug, bluff, hoax, bamboozle

      informal

      con, bilk, pull the wool over someone's eyes, put one over on

      archaic

      cozen

    take something in

      1‘at first she could hardly take in the news’

      SYNONYMS

      comprehend, understand, grasp, follow, absorb, soak in, assimilate, make out

      informal

      get

      2‘this route takes in some of the most dramatic cliffs in Britain’

      SYNONYMS

      include, encompass, embrace, contain, comprise, cover, incorporate, embody, comprehend, subsume, envelop

      digest, assimilate

      admit, hold

    take someone in hand

      ‘someone has to take him in hand’

      SYNONYMS

      control, have authority over, be in charge of, direct, preside over, lead, dominate, master

      reform, improve, correct, change, make better, rehabilitate

    take something in hand

      ‘the time has come to take matters in hand’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      formal

      commence

    take it out of

      ‘I'd had no idea how much hauling one of those things around would take it out of you’

      SYNONYMS

      exhaust, drain, enervate, tire, fatigue, wear out, weary, debilitate, jade

      informal

      fag out, whack, bush, knacker, poop

    take off

      1‘I walked up to the horse, but he took off at a great speed’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      split, beat it, clear off, clear out, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, light out

      ANTONYMS

      stay put

      2‘the plane took off’

      SYNONYMS

      become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing

      be launched, lift off, blast off

      ANTONYMS

      land, touch down

      3‘the idea really took off’

      SYNONYMS

      succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, progress, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom, turn out well

      ANTONYMS

      fail, flop

    take someone off

      ‘he takes off the Prime Minister very well’

      SYNONYMS

      mimic, impersonate, imitate, ape, parody, mock, caricature, satirize, burlesque, lampoon, ridicule

      informal

      spoof, do, send up

    take oneself off

      ‘I took myself off to the office’

      SYNONYMS

      withdraw, retire, take one's leave, make one's departure, leave, exit, depart, go away, pull out, quit, make oneself scarce

      informal

      clear off, clear out

      ANTONYMS

      stay put

    take something off

      1‘they'd put a tinned steak and kidney pudding in the oven and forgotten to take its lid off’

      SYNONYMS

      detach, remove, pull off

      cut off, clip off, hack off, chop off, prune off, nip off

      extract, sever, separate

      ANTONYMS

      leave on

      2‘she took off her clothes and folded them carefully’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      put on

      3‘it might help to take a pound or two off the price’

      SYNONYMS

      deduct, subtract, take away, remove

    take on

      ‘don't take on so!’

      SYNONYMS

      get upset, make a fuss, break down, get excited, go too far, lose one's sense of proportion, overreact

      British informal

      lose one's cool, get in a tizzy

      ANTONYMS

      keep calm

    take someone on

      1‘they could find no major challenger to take him on’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      2‘the Home Office took on extra staff’

      SYNONYMS

      engage, hire, employ, enrol, enlist, sign up, take into employment, put on the payroll

      informal

      take on board

      ANTONYMS

      fire, dismiss

    take something on

      1‘he took on additional responsibility’

      SYNONYMS

      undertake, accept, take on oneself, tackle, turn one's hand to, adopt, assume, shoulder, embrace, acquire, carry, bear, support

      informal

      have a go at

      2‘in this polarized society, even the narrowest psychological study took on political meaning’

      SYNONYMS

      acquire, assume, come to have, come by

      ANTONYMS

      abandon, give up

    take someone out

      ‘the very first night he took her out, Frank proposed to her’

      SYNONYMS

      go out with, escort, partner, accompany, go with

      romance, court, woo, go courting with

      informal

      date, see, go steady with

    take someone/something out

      ‘they were taken out by a sniper’

      SYNONYMS

      kill, murder, assassinate, put to death, do away with, put an end to, get rid of, dispatch, execute, finish off, eliminate, exterminate, terminate

      informal

      destroy, obliterate, annihilate

      informal

      do in, bump off, rub out, wipe out, hit, mow down, top

      informal, literary

      slay

    take something out

      ‘that tooth will need to be taken out’

      SYNONYMS

      extract, remove, yank out, tug out, pluck out, prise out, separate, detach, draw

      British informal

      hoick out

      ANTONYMS

      put in

    take something over

      ‘she took over the editorship in 1989’

      SYNONYMS

      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

    take one's time

      ‘he took his time going through the papers’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      dilly-dally

      archaic, literary

      tarry

      ANTONYMS

      hurry, rush

    take to

      1‘after being mugged a few months back, he had taken to carrying his money in different parts of his clothing’

      SYNONYMS

      make a habit of, resort to, turn to, have recourse to, begin, start

      formal

      commence

      ANTONYMS

      stop

      2‘Ruth took to Mrs Taylor the moment she opened the door’

      SYNONYMS

      develop a liking for, like, get on with, become friendly with

      informal

      take a shine to

      ANTONYMS

      dislike

      3‘the dog has really taken to hurdles racing’

      SYNONYMS

      become good at, develop an ability for, develop an aptitude for, be suitable for

      develop a liking for, like, enjoy, become interested in

    take something up

      1‘we took up our bags and left’

      SYNONYMS

      pick up, grab, scoop up, gather up, snatch up, swoop up

      carry

      lift up, raise, uplift, heft, heave, elevate

      ANTONYMS

      put down, drop

      2‘in the thirties he took up abstract painting’

      SYNONYMS

      become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow

      begin, start

      formal

      commence

      ANTONYMS

      give up, drop

      3‘she found that the meetings took up all her time’

      SYNONYMS

      consume, fill, absorb, use, use up, occupy

      cover, extend over

      waste, squander, go through

      4‘her cousin took up the story’

      SYNONYMS

      resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to

      5‘he had decided to take up their offer of employment’

      SYNONYMS

      accept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain

      ANTONYMS

      refuse

      6‘you'll need to take the skirt up an inch or two’

      SYNONYMS

      shorten, make shorter, turn up

      raise, lift, make higher

    take up with

      ‘she took up with a middle-aged art historian’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      knock about with, knock around with, hang around with, hang out with

      British informal

      hang about with