• (p. p.) Taken.
• (v. t.) 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.
• (v. t.) 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 am 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.
• (v. t.) To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to
captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
• (v. t.) To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to have
recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
• (v. t.) To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to
require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat.
• (v. t.) To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to picture;
as, to take picture of a person.
• (v. t.) To draw; to deduce; to derive.
• (v. t.) 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.
• (v. t.) To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
• (v. t.) To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand over;
as, he took the book to the bindery.
• (v. t.) To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; -- with from; as, to
take the breath from one; to take two from four.
• (v. t.) In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to
endure; to acknowledge; to accept.
• (v. t.) To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to refuse
or reject; to admit.
• (v. t.) To receive as something to be eaten or dronk; to partake
of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
• (v. t.) Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to clear;
as, to take a hedge or fence.
• (v. t.) 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
• (v. t.) 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.
• (v. t.) 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.
• (v. i.) 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.
• (v. i.) To please; to gain reception; to succeed.
• (v. i.) 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.
• (v. i.) To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his
face does not take well.
• (n.) That which is taken; especially, the quantity of fish
captured at one haul or catch.
• (n.) The quantity or copy given to a compositor at one time.