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Synonyms of take in English:

verb

  • 1 she took his hand
    [Antonyms] give
  • 2 he took an envelope from his pocket
    remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish
    [Antonyms] give
  • 3 a passage taken from my book
    extract, quote, cite, excerpt, derive, abstract, copy, cull
  • 4 she took a little wine
    drink, imbibe;
  • 5 many prisoners were taken
    capture, seize, catch, arrest, apprehend, take into custody;
    carry off, abduct
    [Antonyms] liberate, free
  • 6 someone's taken my car
    [Antonyms] give back, restore
  • 7 take four from the total
    subtract, deduct, remove;
    discount
    informal knock off, minus
    [Antonyms] add
  • 8 all the seats had been taken
    occupy, use, utilize, fill, hold;
    reserve, engage
    informal bag
  • 9 I have taken a room nearby
    rent, lease, hire, charter;
    reserve, book, engage
  • 10 I took the job
    accept, undertake, take on
    [Antonyms] refuse, turn down
  • 11 I'd take this over the other option
    pick, choose, select;
    prefer, favor, opt for, vote for
    [Antonyms] refuse, turn down
  • 12 take, for instance, Altoona
    consider, contemplate, ponder, think about, mull over, examine, study, meditate over, ruminate about
  • 13 she took his temperature
    ascertain, determine, establish, measure, find out, discover;
    calculate, compute, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge
  • 14 he took notes
    write, note (down), jot (down), scribble, scrawl, record, register, document, minute
  • 15 I took the package to Wilmington
  • 16 the police took her home
    escort, accompany, help, assist, show, lead, guide, see, usher, shepherd, convey
  • 17 he took the train
    travel on/by, journey on, go via;
    use
  • 18 the town takes its name from the lake
    derive, get, obtain, come by, acquire, pick up
  • 19 she took the prize for best speaker
    receive, obtain, gain, get, acquire, collect, accept, be awarded;
    secure, come by, win, earn, pick up, carry off
    informal land, bag, net, scoop
  • 20 I took the chance to postpone it
    act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump at, pounce on, seize, grasp, grab, accept
    [Antonyms] ignore, miss
  • 21 he took great pleasure in painting
    derive, draw, acquire, obtain, get, gain, extract, procure;
    experience, undergo, feel
  • 22 Liz took the news badly
    receive, respond to, react to, meet, greet;
    deal with, cope with
  • 23 do you take me for a fool?
    regard as, consider to be, view as, see as, believe to be, reckon to be, imagine to be, deem to be
  • 24 I take it that you are hungry
  • 25 I take your point
    accept, appreciate, acknowledge, sympathize with, agree with
  • 26 Shirley was very taken with him
    informal tickle someone's fancy
  • 27 I can't take much more
    endure, bear, tolerate, stand, put up with, abide, stomach, accept, allow, countenance, support, shoulder
    formal brook
    archaic suffer
  • 28 applicants must take a test
    carry out, do, complete, write, conduct, perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, fulfill
  • 29 I took drama, French, and art history
    study, learn, have lessons in;
    take up, pursue
    informal do
  • 30 the journey took six hours
    last, continue for, go on for, carry on for;
  • 31 it would take an expert to know that
  • 32 I take size six shoes
    wear, use;
    require, need
  • 33 the dye did not take
    be effective, take effect, hold, root, be productive, be effectual, be useful;
    work, operate, succeed, function
    formal be efficacious
  • noun

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  • 1 the whalers' commercial take
    catch, haul, bag, yield, net
  • 2 the state's tax take
    revenue, income, gain, profit;
    takings, proceeds, returns, receipts, winnings, pickings, earnings, spoils;
    purse
  • 3 a clapperboard for the start of each take
    scene, sequence, film clip, clip
  • 4 a fresh take on gender issues
    view of, reading of, version of, interpretation of, understanding of, account of, analysis of, approach to
  • Phrases

    take after

    1
    Sandy takes after his adventurous Uncle Lenny
    remind one of, make one think of, recall, conjure up, suggest, evoke
    informal favor, be a chip off the old block

    take apart

    2
  • 1.1 we took the machine apart
    dismantle, pull to pieces, pull apart, disassemble, break up;
    tear down, demolish, destroy, wreck
  • 2.1 informal the scene was taken apart by the director See criticize
  • take someone back

    3
  • 1.1 the dream took me back to Vienna
    evoke, remind one of, conjure up, summon up;
    echo, suggest
  • 2.1 I will never take her back
    be reconciled (to), forgive, pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve;
  • take something back

    4
  • 1.1 I take back every word
    retract, withdraw, renounce, disclaim, unsay, disavow, recant, repudiate
    formal abjure
  • 2.1 I must take the keys back
    return, bring back, give back, restore
  • take something down

    5
    I took down everything she said
    write down, note down, jot down, set down, record, commit to paper, register, draft, document, minute, pen

    take someone in

    6
  • 1.1 she took in paying guests
    accommodate, board, house, feed, put up, admit, receive;
    harbor
  • 2.1 you were taken in by a hoax
  • take something in

    7
  • 1.1 she could hardly take in the news
    informal get
  • 2.1 this route takes in some great scenery
  • take someone in hand

    8
    part of your job is to take young Master Jonathon in hand
    control, be in charge of, dominate, master;
    reform, improve, correct, change, rehabilitate

    take something in hand

    9
    are you willing to take this project in hand?
    deal with, apply oneself to, come to grips with, set one's hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, handle, manage

    take it out of someone

    10
    the final lap has taken it out of Johnson
    informal poop out

    take off

    11
  • 1.1 the horse took off at great speed
    run away/off, flee, abscond, take flight, decamp, leave, go, depart, make off, bolt, take to one's heels, escape
    informal split, clear off, skedaddle, vamoose
  • 2.1 the plane took off
    become airborne, take to the air, take wing;
  • 3.1 the idea really took off
    succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom
  • take someone on

    12
  • 1.1 there was no challenger to take him on
    compete against, oppose, challenge, confront, face, fight, vie with, contend with, stand up to
  • 2.1 we took on extra staff
    engage, hire, employ, enroll, enlist, sign up
    informal take on board
  • take something on

    13
  • 1.1 he took on more responsibility
    undertake, accept, assume, shoulder, acquire, carry, bear
  • 2.1 the study took on political meaning
    acquire, assume, come to have
  • take one's time

    14
    if the place were on fire, Mark would still take his time
    go slowly, dally, dawdle, delay, linger, drag one's feet, waste time, kill time
    archaic tarry

    take someone out

    15
  • 1.1 he asked if he could take her out
    go out with, escort, partner, accompany, go with;
    informal date, see, go steady with
    dated court, woo
  • 2.1 informal the sniper took them all out
    kill, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute, finish off, eliminate, exterminate, terminate
    informal do in, do away with, bump off, rub out, mow down
    literary slay
  • take something over

    16
    the workers were stunned to learn that a rival corporation had taken over their company
    assume control of, take charge of, take command of

    take to

    17
  • 1.1 he took to carrying his money in his sock
    make a habit of, resort to, turn to, have recourse to (start/begin);
    start, begin, commence
  • 2.1 Ruth took to the cat instantly
    like, get on with, be friendly toward
    informal take a shine to
  • 3.1 the dog has really taken to racing
    become good at, develop an ability for;
    like, enjoy
  • take something up

    18
  • 1.1 she took up abstract painting
    engage in, practice;
    begin, start, commence
  • 2.1 the meetings took up all her time
    consume, fill, absorb, use, occupy;
    waste, squander
  • 3.1 her cousin took up the story
    resume, recommence, restart, carry on, continue, pick up, return to
  • 4.1 he took up their offer of a job
    accept, say yes to, agree to, adopt
    formal accede to
  • 5.1 take the skirt up an inch
    shorten, turn up;
    raise, lift
  • take up with

    19
    Burt has taken up with the kids in the ski club
    become friends with, (begin to) go around with, fall in with, string along with, get involved with, start seeing
    informal (begin to) hang out with

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