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EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from Middle English part-takinge, part-takynge (a sharing; partaking), a calque of the Latin particeps (participating), equivalent to a blend of part +‎ take.

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partake (third-person singular simple present partakes, present participle partaking, simple past partook, past participle partaken)

  1. (intransitive, formal) To take part in an activity; to participate.
    • John Locke
      Brutes partake in this faculty.
  2. (intransitive) To take a share or portion (of).
    Will you partake of some food?
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To have something of the properties, character, or office (of).
    • Francis Bacon
      The attorney of the Duchy of Lancaster partakes partly of a judge, and partly of an attorney-general.

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