Middle English taken ( “ to take, lay hold of, grasp, strike ” ), from Old English tacan ( “ to grasp, touch ” ), probably of origin, from North Germanic Old Norse taka ( “ to touch, take ” ), from Proto-Germanic *tēkaną ( “ to touch ” ), from Proto-Indo-European , *deh₁g- *dh₁g- ( “ to touch ” ). Gradually displaced Middle English nimen ( "to take"; see nim ), from Old English niman ( “ to take ” ). Cognate with and Icelandic Norwegian Nynorsk taka ( “ to take ” ), Norwegian Bokmål ta ( “ to take ” ), Danish tage ( “ to take, seize ” ), Middle Dutch taken ( “ to grasp ” ), Dutch taken ( “ to take; to grasp ” ), Middle Low German tacken ( “ to grasp ” ). Compare with . tackle
take ( third-person singular simple present , takes present participle , taking simple past , took past participle ) taken
( transitive ) To get into one's hands, possession , or control, with or without force.
take a pen off the desk
they took Charlton's gun from his cold, dead hands
I'll take that plate off the table
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess : 
Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.
( transitive ) To seize or capture.
take the guards prisoner
After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
( transitive ) To catch or get possession of (fish or game).
took ten catfish in one afternoon
( transitive , cricket ) To catch the ball; especially as a wicket-keeper and after the batsman has missed or edged it.
( transitive ) To appropriate or transfer into one's own possession, sometimes by physically carrying off.
Billy took her pencil
( transitive ) To exact.
take a toll
( transitive ) To capture or win (a piece or trick) in a game.
took the next two tricks
took Smith's rook
( transitive ) To receive or accept (something) (especially something given or bestowed, awarded, etc).
took third place
the camera takes 35mm film
Bible, Numbers xxxv.31:
Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer.
( transitive ) To receive or accept (something) as payment or compensation.
the store doesn't take checks
she wouldn't take any money for her help
do you take credit?
the vending machine only takes bills, it doesn't take coins
( transitive ) To accept and follow (advice, etc).
take my advice
( transitive ) To receive into some relationship.
take a wife
the school only takes new students in the fall
the therapist wouldn't take him as a client
( transitive , intransitive , law ) To receive or acquire (property) by law (e.g. as an heir).
1832, Lodge v Simonton, in Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, page 442:
There was no intestacy, and they did not
take under the will as heirs, [… ]
1913, Conrad v Conrad et al (Court of Appeals of Kentucky, Feb. 25, 1913), in The Southwestern Reporter, volumes 153-154, page 741:
The only interest they have in the land arises under the will of E. J. Turnham, under which they
take one half of the land.
( transitive ) To remove.
take two egg from the cartoon
( transitive ) To remove or end by death; to kill.
the earthquake took many lives
the plague took rich and poor alike
cancer took her life
he took his life last night
( transitive ) To subtract.
take one from three and you are left with two
( transitive ) To have sex with.
2011, Georges Simenon, Monsieur Monde Vanishes, page 126:
He remembered her look of distress, her childish "Oh!" when he
took her for the first time, clumsily, because he felt ashamed. And each time after that, each time they had sex together, [… ] he tried to be as gentle as possible, [… ]
2014 July 3, Susan Calman, during Mock the Week, series 13, episode 4:
And the queen
takes the bishop... this is turning out to be quite the royal wedding!
( transitive ) To defeat (someone or something) in a fight.
Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.
The woman guarding us looks like a professional, but I can take her!
( transitive ) To grasp or grip.
he took her hand in his
( transitive ) To select or choose; to pick.
take whichever bag you like
she took the best men with her and left the rest to garrison the city
I'll take the blue plates.
Bible, 1 Samuel xiv 42:
Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was
( transitive ) To adopt ( select) as one's own.
she took his side in every argument
take a stand on the important issues
( transitive ) To carry or lead (something or someone).
she took her sword with her everywhere she went
I'll take the plate with me.
( transitive , especially of a vehicle ) To transport or carry; to convey to another place.
The next bus will take you to Metz.
I took him for a ride
I took him down to London.
( transitive , of a path, road, etc ) To lead (to a place); to serve as a means of reaching.
These stairs take you down to the basement.
Stone Street took us right past the store.
( transitive ) To pass (or attempt to pass) through or around.
she took the steps two or three at a time
he took the curve / corner too fast
The pony took every hedge and fence in its path.
( transitive ) To escort or conduct.
He took her to lunch at the new restaurant, took her to the movies, and then took her home.
( reflexive ) To go.
2007, Edwin Mullins, The Popes of Avignon, Blue Bridge, 2008, page 59:
took himself to Avignon where in August 1330 he formally renounced his claim to the papacy.
( transitive ) To use as a means of transportation.
take the ferry
I took a plane
he took the bus to London, and then took a train to Manchester
( obsolete ) To visit; to include in a course of travel.
(Can we , Penn, date this quote?) Travels in Holland, etc:
Almost a year since, R. B. and B. F.
took that city, in the way from Frederickstadt to Amsterdam, and gave them a visit.
1827, Wesleyan Methodism in Manchester and its vicinity, volume 1, page 7:
Mr. Clayton had not been long in his new situation, before Mr. Wasley tendered his personal respects to him; "For in May (1733), he set out for Epsworth, and
took Manchster in his way to see him."
( transitive ) To obtain for use by payment or lease.
she took a condo at the beach for the summer
he took a full-page ad in the Times
( transitive ) To obtain or receive regularly by (paid) subscription.
they took two magazines
I used to take The Sunday Times.
( transitive ) To consume.
( transitive ) To receive (medicine) into one's body, e.g. by inhalation or swallowing; to ingest.
take two of these and call me in the morning
take the blue pill
I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
( transitive ) To partake of (food or drink); to consume.
the general took dinner at seven o'clock
I'll take two sugars in my coffee, please.
1893, Walter Besant, , The Ivory Gate chapter III:
To such men as Mr. Hellyer, who every night
take much strong drink, and on no occasion whatever take any exercise, sixty is the grand climacteric. He was, a year ago, just fifty-nine. Alas! he has not even reached his grand climacteric. Already he is gone. He was cut off by pneumonia, or apoplexy, last Christmas.
( transitive ) To experience, undergo, or endure.
( transitive ) To undergo; to put oneself into, to be subjected to.
take a shower
she made the decision to take chemotherapy
( transitive ) To experience or feel.
she takes pride in her work
I take offence at that
to take a dislike
to take pleasure in his opponent's death
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in : Mr. Pratt's Patients
Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’ and if you don't look out there's likely to be some nice, lively dog taking an interest in your underpinning.”
( transitive ) To submit to; to endure (without ill humor, resentment, or physical failure).
took a pay cut
take a joke
the hull took a lot of punishment before it broke
I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.
That truck bed will only take two tons.
( transitive ) To participate in.
She took a vacation to France but spent the whole time feeling miserable that her husband couldn't be there with her.
Aren't you supposed to take your math final today?
I had to take a pee.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in : The Celebrity
No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or [… ]. And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
( transitive ) To suffer, to endure (a hardship or damage).
the ship took a direct hit and was destroyed
her career took a hit
( transitive ) To cause to change to a specified state or condition.
2010, Thomas M. Bloch, Many Happy Returns: The Story of Henry Bloch, page 86:
In 1961, they lined up a lawyer and an underwriter to
take the company public.
( transitive ) To regard in a specified way.
he took the news badly
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, in : The Mirror and the Lamp
Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago.
( transitive ) To conclude or form (a decision or an opinion) in the mind.
took the decision to close its last remaining outlet
took a dim view of city officials
( transitive ) To understand (especially in a specified way).
Don't take my comments as an insult.
if she took my meaning
1853, The American Journal of Science and Arts, page 125:
The author explained the theory of Dove, which, if we
took him correctly, was, that the lustre of bodies and particularly the metallic lustre arose from the light coming from the one stratum of the superficial particles of bodies interfering on the eye [… ]
( transitive ) To accept or be given (rightly or wrongly); assume (especially as if by right).
He took all the credit for the project, although he had done almost none of the work.
She took the blame, in the public's eyes, although the debacle was more her husband's fault than her own.
( transitive ) To believe, to accept the statements of.
take her word for it
take him at his word
( transitive ) To asume or suppose; to reckon; to regard or consider.
take it from her comments she won't be there.
I took him to be a person of honor.
He was often taken to be a man of means.
Do you take me for a fool?
Do you take me to be stupid?
Looking at him as he came into the room, I took him for his father.
1950, Edwin Basil Redlich, The early traditions of Genesis, page 108:
The dimensions of the ark, if we
take a cubit to be equal to 15 feet, [… ]
( transitive ) To draw, derive, or deduce (a meaning from something).
I'm not sure what moral to take from that story.
c. 1630-1694,, John Tillotson, Sermon V, The Excellency of the Christian Religion:
And the firm belief of a future Judgment, which shall render to every man according to his deeds, if it be well consider'd, is to a reasonable nature the most forcible motive of all other to a good life; because it is
taken from the consideration of the greatest and most lasting happiness and misery that human nature is capable of.
( transitive ) To derive (as a title); to obtain from a source.
"As I Lay Dying" takes its title from Book XI of Homer's "Odyssey"
( transitive ) To catch or contract (an illness, etc).
took a chill
( transitive ) To come upon or catch (in a particular state or situation).
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, in The China Governess : 
The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. [… ] The second note, the high alarum, not so familiar and always important since it indicates the paramount sin in Man's private calendar, took most of them by surprise although they had been well prepared.
( transitive ) To captivate or charm; to gain or secure the interest or affection of.
took her fancy
took her attention
Bible, Proverbs vi.25:
Neither let her
take thee with her eyelids.
William Wake (1657-1737)
Cleombroutus was so
taken with this prospect, that he had no patience.
Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
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.
( transitive , of cloth, paper, etc ) To absorb or be impregnated by (dye, ink, etc); to be susceptible to being treated by (polish, etc).
cloth that takes dye well
paper that takes ink
the leather that takes a certain kind of polish
( transitive , of a ship ) To let in (water).
1972, Anne and Robert Sinai, Israel & the Arabs: prelude to the Jewish state, page 107:
The ship was
taking seawater in 4 places, and the passengers had been without fresh water [… ]
( transitive ) To require.
it takes a while to get used to the smell
Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down. Finishing this on schedule will take a lot of overtime.
1920, China Monthly Review 15, page 357:
If the summary of the Tientsin society is accurate, a famine population of more than 14,000,000 is already bad enough. If it
takes five dollars to keep one of them alive, [… ]
2009, Living It Out ( ISBN 1853119997):
takes courage to come out, the acceptance of parents and other family members can really help the person coming out to accept themselves.
2013 August 31, “ Code blue”, in , volume 408, number 8851: The Economist
Time was it took a war to close a financial exchange. Now all it needs is a glitch in technology. On August 26th trading on Eurex, the main German derivatives exchange, opened as usual; 20 minutes later it shut down for about an hour. Four days earlier the shares of every company listed on NASDAQ, an American stock exchange, ceased trading for three hours.
( transitive ) To proceed to fill.
He took a seat in the front row.
( transitive ) To fill, to use up (time or space).
hunting that whale takes most of his free time
his collection takes a lot of space
The trip will take about ten minutes.
( transitive ) To avail oneself of.
he took that opportunity to leave France
( transitive ) To perform, to do.
take a walk
take action/steps/measures to fight drug abuse
take a trip
take the tempo slowly
The kick is taken from where the foul occurred.
Pirès ran in to take the kick.
The throw-in is taken from the point where the ball crossed the touch-line.
1893, Walter Besant, , The Ivory Gate chapter III:
To such men as Mr. Hellyer, who every night take much strong drink, and on no occasion whatever
take any exercise, sixty is the grand climacteric. He was, a year ago, just fifty-nine. Alas! he has not even reached his grand climacteric. Already he is gone. He was cut off by pneumonia, or apoplexy, last Christmas.
( transitive ) To assume or perform (a form or role).
( transitive ) To assume (a form).
took the form of a duck
a god taking the likeness of a bird
( transitive ) To perform (a role).
take the part of the villain/hero
( transitive ) To assume and undertake the duties of (a job, an office, etc).
take the throne
2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “ Cronies and capitols”, in , volume 408, number 8848: The Economist
Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.
( transitive ) To bind oneself by.
he took the oath of office last night
( transitive ) To move into.
the witness took the stand
the next team took the field
( transitive ) To go into, through, or along.
go down two blocks and take the next left
take the path of least resistance
( transitive ) To have or take recourse to.
( transitive ) To ascertain or determine by measurement, examination or inquiry.
take her pulse / temperature / blood pressure
take a census
( transitive ) To write down; to get in, or as if in, writing.
he took a mental inventory of his supplies
she took careful notes
( transitive ) To make (a photograph, film, or other reproduction of something).
she took a video of their encounter
could you take a picture of us?
the police took his fingerprints
( transitive , dated ) To take a picture, photograph, etc of (a person, scene, etc).
The photographer will take you sitting down.
to take a group/scene
( transitive ) To obtain money from, especially by swindling.
took me for ten grand
( transitive , now chiefly by enrolling in a class or course ) To apply oneself to the study of.
as a child, she took ballet
I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.
( transitive ) To deal with.
take matters as they arise
( transitive ) To consider in a particular way, or to consider as an example.
I've had a lot of problems recently: take last Monday, for example. My car broke down on the way to work. Then ... etc.
( transitive , baseball ) To decline to swing at (a pitched ball); to refrain from hitting at, and allow to pass.
He'll probably take this one.
( transitive , grammar ) To have an be used with (a certain grammatical form, etc).
This verb takes the dative; that verb takes the genitive.
( intransitive ) To get or accept (something) into one's possession.
My husband and I have a dysfunctional marriage. He just takes and takes; he never gives.
( intransitive ) To engage, take hold or have effect.
( intransitive , of ink, dye, etc ) To adhere or be absorbed properly.
the dye didn't take
( intransitive , of a plant, etc ) To begin to grow after being grafted or planted; to ( literally or figuratively ) take root, take hold.
not all grafts take
I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.
1884, Stephen Bleecker Luce, Text-book of Seamanship, page 179:
The cradles are supported under their centres by shores, on which the keel
( intransitive , of a mechanical device ) To catch; to engage.
2009, Sheldon Russell, The Yard Dog: A Mystery, page 210:
At the depot, Hook climbed out, slamming the door twice before the latch
( intransitive , possibly dated ) To win acceptance, favor or favorable reception; to charm people.
c. 1672-1719, Joseph Addison:
Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake, / And hint he writ it, if the thing should
( intransitive ) To have the intended effect.
1967, Richard Martin Stern, The Kessler Legacy, page 103:
"When I was young," I said, "I was vaccinated with religion, but the vaccination didn't
( intransitive ) To become; to be affected in a specified way.
They took ill within 3 hours.
She took sick with the flu.
( intransitive , possibly dated ) To be able to be accurately or beautifully photographed.
1881, Jessie Fothergill, Kith and Kin, in The Eclectic Magazine, page 529:
"Photographs never do give anything but a pale imitation, you know, but the likenesses, as likenesses, are good. She ‘
takes well’, as they say, and those were done lately."
( intransitive , dialectal , proscribed )  An intensifier.
2012, Max Brand, Silvertip's Trap ( ISBN 1440549834):
took and beat the devil out of him.
( transitive , obsolete ) To deliver, give (something) to (someone).
1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xj, in , book XIII:
Le Morte Darthur for thy loue I haue lefte my countrey / And sythe ye shalle departe oute of this world / leue me somme token of yours that I may thynke on you / Ioseph said that wille I doo ful gladly / Now brynge me your sheld that I
toke yow whanne ye went in to bataille ageynst kyng Tolleme
1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew 22.19:
Jesus perceaved there wylynes, and sayde: Why tempte ye me ye ypocrytes? lett me se the tribute money. And they
toke hym a peny.
( transitive , obsolete outside dialects and slang ) To give or deliver (a blow, to someone); to strike or hit.
He took me a blow on the head.
Usage notes Edit
In a few informal
sociolects, is sometimes replaced by the took proscribed form . taked
1611 — King James Version of the Bible,
Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have
taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us [… ]
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.
John Dryden (1631-1700)
Beauty alone could beauty
take so right.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in : The Celebrity
Here was my chance. I took the old man aside, and two or three glasses of Old Crow launched him into reminiscence.
1973, Albert J. Reiss, The Police and the Public, page 44:
A lot of officers when they knock off a still will
take an axe to the barrels.
Derived terms Edit
to grab with the hands
агара ( āgārā ) Afrikaans:
أَخَذَ ( ʾaḵaḏa ) imperfect: يَأْخُذُ ( yaʾḵuḏu ), مَسَكَ ( masaka )
خد ( xad ) Aramaic:
ܐܚܕ ( ʼeħað ) Armenian:
վերցնել (hy) ( vercʿnel ), առնել (hy) ( aṙnel ) Aromanian:
, ljeau ljau Azeri:
almaq (az) Belarusian:
браць impf ( bracʹ ), ўзяць ( ŭzjacʹ ), узя́ць pf ( uzjácʹ ) Bengali:
গ্রহণ করা ( grôhan kôra ), নেওয়া (bn) ( neoẇa ) Bulgarian:
взе́мам (bg) ( vzémam ), взи́мам (bg) impf ( vzímam ), взе́ма (bg) pf ( vzéma ) Burmese:
ယူ (my) ( yu ) Catalan:
agafar , (ca) prendre (ca) Chinese:
拿 (zh) ( ná ), 取 (zh) ( qǔ ) Czech:
brát (cs) , impf vzít (cs) pf Dalmatian:
, levur prendar Danish:
tage (da) Dutch:
nemen , (nl) pakken (nl) East Yugur:
võtma (et) Finnish:
ottaa (fi) French:
prendre (fr) Friulian:
, cjapâ , čhapâ , cjoli , čholi piâ Georgian:
აღება ( aɣeba ) German:
nehmen , (de) greifen
(de) Alemannic German:
παίρνω (el) ( paírno )
αἱρέω ( hairéō ) Haitian Creole:
לָקַח (he) ( lakákh ) Hindi:
लेना (hi) ( lenā ) Icelandic:
taka , (is) nema (is) Indonesian:
mengambil (id) Interlingua:
prendere (it) Japanese:
取る (ja) ( とる, toru ), つかむ (ja) ( つかむ, tsukamu ) Kazakh:
алу (kk) ( alw ) Khmer:
យក (km) ( yɔɔk ) Korean:
잡다 (ko) ( japda ) Kyrgyz:
алуу (ky) ( aluu ) Lao:
ເອົາ ( 'ao ) Latgalian:
capio , (la) , prehendo sumo (la) Latvian:
imti (lt) Luxembourgish:
ᦀᧁ ( q̇av ) Macedonian:
зема ( zema ), грабнува ( grabnuva ) Malay:
tango Mauritian Creole:
هائیتن ( hâïten ) Mongolian:
авах (mn) ( avah ) Neapolitan:
piglià Ngazidja Comorian:
, usiha usika Norman:
prendre North Frisian:
ta , (no) gripe Old Church Slavonic:
бьрати impf ( bĭrati ) Ossetian:
исын ( isyn ) Persian:
گرفتن (fa) ( gereftan ) Polish:
brać (pl) , impf wziąć (pl) pf Portuguese:
tomar , (pt) agarrar , (pt) pegar (pt) Romanian:
lua (ro) Romansch:
, prender piglier Russian:
брать (ru) impf ( bratʹ ), взять (ru) pf ( vzjatʹ ), хвата́ть (ru) impf ( xvatátʹ ), схвати́ть (ru) pf ( sxvatítʹ ) Sardinian:
, leai , leare , lebare levare Scots:
tak Scottish Gaelic:
, узети , зграбити шчепати Roman:
uzeti , (sh) zgrabiti , (sh) ščepati (sh) Shan:
please add this translation if you can Sinhalese:
අරගන්නවා ( aragannavā ) Slovak:
brať , impf vziať pf Slovene:
brati (sl) , impf vzeti (sl) pf Sorbian:
braś , impf wześ pf Upper Sorbian:
brać , impf wzać pf Spanish:
tomar , (es) coger , (es) prender (es) ( obsolete ) Swedish:
fatta , (sv) gripa , (sv) ta , (sv) ta , (sv) tag i, (sv) hålla sig i (sv) Tajik:
гирифтан (tg) ( giriftan ) Tamil:
எடு (ta) ( eṭu ) Tatar:
алырга (tt) ( alırga ) Thai:
เอา (th) ( ao ), หยิบ (th) ( yìp ) Turkish:
almak , (tr) tutmak (tr) Turkmen:
almak , (tk) tutmak Ukrainian:
бра́ти (uk) impf ( bráty ), взя́ти (uk) pf ( vzjáty ), узя́ти (uk) pf ( uzjáty ) Urdu:
لینا ( lenā ) Uzbek:
olmoq (uz) Venetian:
nắm , (vi) lấy (vi) Welsh:
, mynd â dwyn (cy) Yiddish:
נעמען ( nemen ) Zhuang:
please add this translation if you can
to grab and move to oneself
to get into one's possession
to gain a position by force
بردن ( borden ) Catalan:
portar (ca) Chinese:
攜帶 , (zh) 携带 (zh) ( xiédài, xīdài ), 攜 , (zh) 携 (zh) ( xié ), 帶 , (zh) 带 (zh) ( dài ), 運 , (zh) 运 (zh) ( yùn ) Czech:
vzít (cs) Finnish:
viedä (fi) Georgian:
please add this translation if you can German:
nehmen , (de) tragen (de) Hebrew:
נשא (he) m ( nasa ) Japanese:
運ぶ ( はこぶ, hakobu ) Ladino:
to support or carry without failing or breaking
to assume or interpret to be
to consider in a particular way
to last or expend [an amount of time]
take ( plural ) takes The or an act of taking.
1999, Impacts of California sea lions and Pacific harbor seals [...] (published by the United States National Marine Fisheries Service), page 32:
The 1994 Amendments address the incidental
take of marine mammals in the course of commercial fishing, not the direct lethal take of pinnipeds for management purposes. Something that is taken; a
Money that is taken in, (legal or illegal) proceeds, income;
( in particular ) profits.
He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.
The mayor is on the take. The or a quantity of
fish, game animals or pelts, etc which have been taken at one time; catch. An
interpretation or view, opinion or assessment; perspective.
What's your take on this issue, Fred? An
approach, a (distinct) treatment.
a new take on a traditional dish
( film ) A scene recorded ( filmed) at one time, without an interruption or break; a recording of such a scene.
It's a take.
Act seven, scene three, take two.
( music ) A recording of a musical performance made during an uninterrupted single recording period. A visible (
facial) response to something, especially something unexpected; a facial gesture in response to an event.
did a double- take and then a triple- take
I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.
1991, William Shatner, TekLords : 
“When our client mentioned Dr. Chesterton, you did a take that was perceptible to one with my trained eye. Know the gent, amigo?”
2007, Laura McBride, Catch a Falling Starr : 
Biddy did a ' take' and stared at Mandy speechless for a moment—then she fled back to the kitchen
2013, Carsten Stroud, The Homecoming: Book Two of the Niceville Trilogy , page 301: 
He's a stone-cold snake, Nick, but he's our stone—cold snake. Keep tugging on hanging threads and one day your pants will fall off." / Nick did a take, grinning in spite of his miserable mood. “How, exactly, would that work?" / Mavis shrugged, grinned right back at him.
( medicine ) An instance of successful inoculation/ vaccination.
( rugby , cricket ) A catch of the ball (in cricket, especially one by the wicket-keeper).
( printing ) The quantity of copy given to a compositor at one time.
Derived terms Edit
film: attempt to record a scene
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(please verify) nemen German:
(please verify) nehmen (de) Ido:
(please verify) prenar Indonesian:
(please verify) mengambil , (please verify) memungut Italian:
( 2,5,9,10 ) , (please verify) prendere ( 1,4,6 ) , (please verify) portare ( 3, also to rape ) (please verify) violentare Mandarin:
, (please verify) 拿 ( ná ) , (please verify) 取 ( qǔ ) , (please verify) 握 ( wò ) , (please verify) 接受 ( jiēshòu ) (please verify) 应付 ( yìngfù )
^ 1970, Harry Shaw, Errors in English and ways to correct them, page 93: In the sentence, "He took and beat the horse unmercifully," took and should be omitted entirely. Norwegian Nynorsk Edit
take ( present tense , tek past tense , tok past participle , teke passive infinitive , takast present participle , takande imperative ) tak
Alternative form of taka
se- — take I want
2001, Alejandra Vidal, quoted in Subordination in Native South-American Languages