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British pronunciation/tˈe‌ɪk/
American pronunciation/ˈteɪk/
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to reach for something and hold it

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1.1

(particularly of illness) to abruptly affect, afflict, or strike someone

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The heart attack took him while he was out jogging.
The allergic reaction took her shortly after she ate the peanuts.
1.2

to measure or examine the rate, amount, level, etc. of something

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The doctor will take your blood pressure during your appointment.
We will take a sample of the water to test its purity.
She needs to take the temperature of the oven before baking the cake.
1.3

to select or choose out of other available alternatives

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They took the cheaper option for their flight tickets.
He took the larger size of shirt from the rack.
She took the job with the better work-life balance.
She took the shorter route to get to the destination quicker.
She took the red apple instead of the green one.
1.4

to capture an image of someone or something

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Tourists often take photos of famous landmarks as souvenirs.
The journalist aimed to take a snapshot of the rare bird species in the nature reserve.
The photographer wanted to take shots of the wildlife in their natural habitat.
The archaeologist planned to take images of the ancient artifacts discovered during the excavation.
She decided to take a picture of the beautiful sunset by the beach.
1.5

to rob, dispossess, or deprive someone of something

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The burglars took the jewelry from the safe in the house.
Someone took my phone from my pocket on the train.
Someone took my purse from the table while I was in the bathroom.
The disease took her ability to walk, leaving her wheelchair-bound.
He took the company's confidential information and sold it to a competitor.
1.6

to capture a place and obtain control over it

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The rebels tried to take control of the city.
The army was able to take the enemy's stronghold.
The warlord sought to take the neighboring villages to expand his territory and influence.
The invaders planned to take the coastal town and establish a strategic base for further operations.
1.7

to rent or purchase something

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He took a painting from the art gallery.
They took a car from the rental agency for their road trip.
She decided to take the red dress for the party.
We decided to take the apartment because it was in a good location.
I need to take a car for the weekend to visit my family.
1.8

to purchase a type of publication regularly, especially a magazine or newspaper

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They take the science journal to keep up with the latest research in their field.
We take this magazine every month because it has great recipes.
They take the Financial Times to keep up with the latest business news.
The company takes the Wall Street Journal to stay updated on business news.
1.9

to get or derive from a specific source

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The technician had to take a swab of the suspicious substance for chemical analysis.
She took her strength and courage from her family's support.
He took inspiration for his painting from nature.
The dish takes its name from the region where it originated.
The researchers took soil samples from various locations to analyze the composition.
1.10

to record or write down information, typically for future reference or use.

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The receptionist took my payment details for the hotel reservation.
The receptionist took my details for the visitor log before granting access to the building.
The doctor took the patient's medical history and recorded it in the chart.
She took the phone number of the person who called and wrote it down in her notebook.
Can you take a message for me and let her know I called?
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to move or carry a thing or person from one location to a different one

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to use a particular route or means of transport in order to go somewhere

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Take the second exit after the traffic light.
She took a taxi to the concert venue.
Take the bridge across the river to the other side.
I usually take the subway to work.
She took the bus to the airport for her flight.
2.2

to accompany someone to a specific place, particularly in order to lead or guide them

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He took the client to the conference room for the meeting.
She took her brother to the museum to show him the new exhibit.
She'll take you to the hospital since you're not feeling well.
I'll take you to the airport so you don't have to take a taxi.
I'll take you to the train station so you don't get lost.
2.3

to bring someone or something into a particular state, level, situation, or condition

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The scandal took the company to the brink of bankruptcy.
The latest sale takes the annual revenue to $1 million.
His dedication and hard work took him to the pinnacle of his career.
He has the vision to take the company to the next level.
They aim to take their business further by expanding into new markets.
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to consume a drug, medication, or substance in a specified manner, such as swallowing, inhaling, or injecting

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to remove something or someone from a specific place

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to subtract a particular number from another

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Take two from twelve
Take five from twenty and you're left with fifteen.
If we take 8 away from 20, we get 12.
If you take 7 from 15, you're left with 8.
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to receive something or someone willingly or accept something that someone has offered

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used for introducing someone or something as an instance or example

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Take my friend John, for instance.
Take the recent natural disaster as a reminder of the fragility of our planet.
Take the new employee, for instance, who has already made a positive impact.
Let's take John as a case in point.
Let's take Marie Curie as an instance of a pioneering woman in science.
5.2

to interpret or understand something in a specific way

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They took his criticism as a personal attack.
Mary took his gesture as a sincere apology.
I took the news as a sign that things were going to get worse.
Don't take this the wrong way, but I don't think that's a good idea.
I don't know how he'll take the news of the company's bankruptcy.
5.3

to experience, endure, or be influenced by something

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The car took the impact of the collision, resulting in significant damage to the front end.
The coastal town took the brunt of the hurricane, experiencing severe flooding and destruction.
The fragile ecosystem took the toll of pollution, leading to a decline in biodiversity.
The athlete took a blow to the head during the match, requiring medical attention.
The small village took the impact of the landslide, leaving homes buried under debris.
5.4

to have or show a particular feeling, opinion, or reaction

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She took an instant liking to him.
She took offense at his rude comments.
I take pride in my work.
They take the view that everyone should have access to healthcare.
She took joy in baking and often experimented with new dessert recipes.
5.5

to accomplish or obtain by victory

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The soccer team fought hard to take the lead in the crucial match.
The underdog team managed to take the championship after a stunning comeback.
Despite tough competition, the young pianist's outstanding performance allowed her to take the top spot in the regional music competition.
The gymnast's flawless routine allowed her to take the gold medal in the national championship.
Despite the odds, the athlete's final sprint allowed him to take first place in the race.
5.6

to go over, through, or around some obstacle

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The BMX rider took the ramp, soaring through the air with a perfect jump.
The motorcyclist took the hairpin turn, leaning into the curve for a smooth ride.
The skateboarder took the stair rail, smoothly gliding down with impressive balance.
The gymnast took the balance beam gracefully, executing a series of intricate moves.
The mountain climber skillfully took the challenging ascent, navigating through rocky terrain.
5.7

to be able to tolerate, endure, or bear something

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The patient couldn't take the pain and requested stronger medication.
The teacher is patient, but she can't take constant disruptions in the classroom.
The persistent criticism from her supervisor is demoralizing, and she doesn't believe she can take it much longer.
After the challenging day at work, she couldn't take any more stress and needed a break.
Her constant complaining is something I find hard to take.
5.8

to be or start to be in a specific position, state or form

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The empty room quickly took the form of a cozy reading nook with the addition of comfortable furniture and soft lighting.
The vacant land will take the form of a community park with playgrounds and green spaces.
The negotiation is expected to take the shape of a collaborative partnership between the two companies.
The watercolor painting started to take form as the artist added layers of color.
5.9

to act on or make use of an opportunity

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The athlete took the chance to break the world record during the competition, pushing himself to the limit.
The entrepreneur saw a gap in the market and took the chance to launch a unique product that became a success.
When the unexpected job opening was announced, Sarah decided to take the opportunity and apply for the position.
Spotting a vacant parking space, she quickly took the opportunity to park her car before it got crowded.
Despite initial doubts, she decided to take the risk and invest in the startup, which later became highly successful.
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(dummy verb) to perform an action that is specified by a noun

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to study a particular subject in school, university, etc.

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to be the one who teaches a class

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to need a specific amount of time to do something or for something to be done or happen

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to require a specific person or thing in order to function, happen, or be done

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Achieving work-life balance takes careful planning and prioritization.
Fixing the car engine issue will take a qualified mechanic.
Understanding the intricate legal documents will take a knowledgeable attorney.
Succeeding in the project takes effective communication and teamwork.
It only takes a small misunderstanding to strain relationships.
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to have the capacity or space for a specific number or amount of people or things

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The venue can take a maximum of 100 guests for the wedding reception.
The car's trunk can take three large suitcases and still have room for small bags.
Our meeting room can comfortably take 20 participants, ensuring a productive discussion.
The suitcase is designed to take a week's worth of clothing for a traveler.
The refrigerator is spacious and can take a substantial amount of groceries.
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to wear a particular size of clothes, shoes, or any complementary article

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I usually take a medium in sweatshirts.
What size sneakers do you usually take?
The store assistant inquired, 'What size shirt do you take?'
Do you know what size pants I usually take?
She picked out a pair of sandals, confident in the fact that she always takes a size 7 in summer shoes.
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to assume someone or something to be a particular person or thing, particularly mistakenly

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(grammar) to require or have something as part of the composition that is appropriate

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(of plants, seeds, etc.) to start to grow or take root

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to work successfully or have a positive effect

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to direct something in a specific direction

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to consume or accept a particular food or beverage

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to participate in a specific examination or assessment

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to use a specific plan or method to deal with a situation or reach a goal

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to show a particular reaction to someone or something

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(of machines) to utilize a specific substance or fuel for operation

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(of a sports player) to kick, throw, or initiate play from a specified position

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to be the one who leads a religious service

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to gather people's opinions using methods like voting, polling, or surveying

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(of businesses, shops, etc.) to earn or receive a specified amount of money from customers

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to allow someone to become a part of a particular group or receive a service

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to engage in a sexual act with someone

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to capture and confine someone against their will

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to accept responsibility and lead a situation or task

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to defeat someone in a competition

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to find a safe and peaceful place, especially in challenging situations or emergencies

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to possess an appealing or charming trait that attracts admiration or affection

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to use or have available for use

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to accept and commit to a specific responsibility or promise

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(in chess) to remove an opponent's piece from the board by moving one's own piece to its position

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to accept a certain form of payment or compensation

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to allow the entry of a substance

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to cause the loss of lives

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to participate in a certain event

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the act of recording a movie scene or part of a scene without interruption

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the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

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the idea or opinion that is formed about something or the way one thinks of a situation

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May I take your coat and hat, sir?
Please take my hand as we cross the street.
He took the cup of coffee from the table and sipped it slowly.
He took the puppy in his arms and petted it.
She took the cookie I offered her and thanked me.
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