Take

Definition of Take

Pronunciation: tŎk
p. p.1.Taken.
v. t.1.In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to convey.
[imp. Took (tŎk); p. p. Taken (tāk'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Taking.]
2.To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make prisoner; as, to take an army, a city, or a ship; also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack; to seize; - said of a disease, misfortune, or the like.
This man was taken of the Jews.
- Acts xxiii. 27.
Men in their loose, unguarded hours they take;
Not that themselves are wise, but others weak.
- Pope.
They that come abroad after these showers are commonly taken with sickness.
- Bacon.
There he blasts the tree and takes the cattle
And makes milch kine yield blood.
- Shak.
2.In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
3.To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
- Prov. vi. 25.
Cleombroutus was so taken with this prospect, that he had no patience.
- Wake.
I know not why, but there was a something in those half-seen features, - a charm in the very shadow that hung over their imagined beauty, - which took me more than all the outshining loveliness of her companions.
- Moore.
3.To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse or reject; to admit.
Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer.
- Num. xxxv. 31.
Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore.
- 1 Tim. v. 10.
3.To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to take a group or a scene.
4.To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.
- 1 Sam. xiv. 42.
The violence of storming is the course which God is forced to take for the destroying . . . of sinners.
- Hammond.
4.To receive as something to be eaten or drunk; to partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
4.To give or deliver (a blow to); to strike; hit; as, he took me in the face; he took me a blow on the head.
To be taken aback
See under Aback, Advantage, etc.
To take aim
to direct the eye or weapon; to aim.
To take along
to carry, lead, or convey.
To take arms
to commence war or hostilities.
To take away
to carry off; to remove; to cause deprivation of; to do away with; as, a bill for taking away the votes of bishops.
To take breath
to stop, as from labor, in order to breathe or rest; to recruit or refresh one's self.
- Dryden.
To take care
to exercise care or vigilance; to be solicitous.
To take care of
to have the charge or care of; to care for; to superintend or oversee.
- 1 Cor. ix. 9.
To take down
a - To reduce; to bring down, as from a high, or higher, place; as, to take down a book; hence, to bring lower; to depress; to abase or humble; as, to take down pride, or the proud.
b - To swallow; as, to take down a potion.
- Goldsmith.
c - To pull down; to pull to pieces; as, to take down a house or a scaffold.
d - To record; to write down; as, to take down a man's words at the time he utters them.
To take effect
See under Effect, and Fire.
To take ground to the right
(Mil.) to extend the line to the right or left; to move, as troops, to the right or left.
To take heart
to gain confidence or courage; to be encouraged.
To take heed
to be careful or cautious.
To take heed to
to attend with care, as, take heed to thy ways.
- Dryden.
To take hold of
to seize; to fix on.
To take horse
to mount and ride a horse.
To take in
a - To inclose; to fence.
b - To encompass or embrace; to comprise; to comprehend.
c - To draw into a smaller compass; to contract; to brail or furl; as, to take in sail.
d - To cheat; to circumvent; to gull; to deceive.
e - To admit; to receive; as, a leaky vessel will take in water.
f - To win by conquest.
For now Troy's broad-wayed town
He shall take in.
- Chapman.
One of his relations took him up roundly.
- L'Estrange.
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale.
- Addison.
5.To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat; it takes five hours to get to Boston from New York by car.
This man always takes time . . . before he passes his judgments.
- I. Watts.
5.Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
6.To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture; as, to take a picture of a person.
Beauty alone could beauty take so right.
- Dryden.
6.To bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to; to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will take an affront from no man.
7.To draw; to deduce; to derive.
The firm belief of a future judgment is the most forcible motive to a good life, because taken from this consideration of the most lasting happiness and misery.
- Tillotson.
7.To admit, as, something presented to the mind; not to dispute; to allow; to accept; to receive in thought; to entertain in opinion; to understand; to interpret; to regard or look upon; to consider; to suppose; as, to take a thing for granted; this I take to be man's motive; to take men for spies.
You take me right.
- Bacon.
Charity, taken in its largest extent, is nothing else but the science love of God and our neighbor.
- Wake.
[He] took that for virtue and affection which was nothing but vice in a disguise.
- South.
You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl.
- Tate.
8.To assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to; to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest, revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a resolution; - used in general senses, limited by a following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as, to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say.
8.To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept; to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with; - used in general senses; as, to take a form or shape.
I take thee at thy word.
- Rowe.
Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command; . . .
Not take the mold.
- Dryden.
9.To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
10.To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over; as, he took the book to the bindery; he took a dictionary with him.
He took me certain gold, I wot it well.
- Chaucer.
11.To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; - with from; as, to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
v. i.1.To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take.
When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.
- Bacon.
In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh, but is overcome . . . before it work any manifest effect.
- Bacon.
2.To please; to gain reception; to succeed.
Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake,
And hint he writ it, if the thing should take.
- Addison.
3.To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; - usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge.
4.To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well.
To take after
a - To learn to follow; to copy; to imitate; as, he takes after a good pattern.
b - To resemble; as, the son takes after his father.
To take in with
to resort to.
To take on
to be violently affected; to express grief or pain in a violent manner.
- Bacon.
To take to
a - To apply one's self to; to be fond of; to become attached to; as, to take to evil practices.
b - To resort to; to betake one's self to.
- Walpole.
To take up
a - To stop.
- Addison.
b - To reform.
- Tillotson.
To take up with
a - To be contended to receive; to receive without opposition; to put up with; as, to take up with plain fare.
- Locke.
b - To lodge with; to dwell with.
- I. Watts.
To take with
to please.
- L'Estrange.
n.1.That which is taken, such as the quantity of fish captured at one haul or catch, or the amouont of money collected during one event; as, the box-office take.
2.(Print.) The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.

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