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Synonyms of take in English:


  • 1 Anna smiled as she took his hand
    lay hold of, take hold of, get hold of, get into one's hands;
    grasp, grip, clasp, clutch, grab
    [Antonyms] give
  • 2 he took an envelope from his inside pocket
    remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish;
    confiscate, take possession of
    [Antonyms] give
  • 3 the following passage is taken from my book ‘Managing Stress’
    extract, quote, cite, excerpt, derive, abstract, reproduce, copy, cull, choose
  • 4 she took a little wine with her dinner
    drink, imbibe;
    consume, swallow, eat, ingest
  • 5 many thousands of prisoners were taken
    capture, seize, catch, take captive, arrest, apprehend, take into custody;
    trap, snare
    [Antonyms] free, liberate
  • 6 these thieving toerags have taken my car
    steal, remove, appropriate, misappropriate, make off with, pilfer, purloin, abstract, dispossess someone of
    informal filch, pinch, swipe, nick, snaffle, walk off with
    rare peculate
    [Antonyms] give
  • 7 take the bottom number from the total
    subtract, deduct, remove, take away/off;
    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 just taken a room in a nearby house
    rent, lease, hire, charter;
    reserve, book, make a reservation for, arrange for, engage
  • 10 I decided to take the job
    accept, take up, take on, undertake
    [Antonyms] refuse
  • 11 I'd take childbirth today over what my grandmother had to go through
    [Antonyms] refuse, turn down
  • 12 take, for instance, the English word ‘one’
  • 13 he takes ‘The Observer’
    subscribe to, pay a subscription to, buy regularly, read regularly, read every day/week/month
  • 14 a nurse took his temperature
    ascertain, determine, establish, measure, find out, discover;
    calculate, compute, count, quantify, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge
  • 15 she started to take notes
    write, note (down), make a note of, set down, jot (down), scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper
  • 16 I took it back to London with me
  • 17 she let the priest take her home
    escort, accompany, help, assist, show, lead, show someone the way, lead the way, conduct, guide, see, usher, steer, pilot, shepherd, convey
  • 18 he took the North London line to Acton
    travel on, travel by, journey on, go via;
    use, make use of, utilize
  • 19 the station takes its name from the nearby lake
    derive, get, obtain, come by, acquire, pick up, be given
  • 20 she took the prize for best individual speaker
    receive, obtain, gain, get, acquire, collect, accept, be given, be presented with, be awarded, have conferred on one;
    informal land, bag, net, scoop, cop
  • 21 she feared that I might take the chance to postpone the ceremony
    act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump on, pounce on, seize (on), grasp, grab, snatch, accept, put to advantage, profit from, turn to account, cash in on
    [Antonyms] miss, ignore
  • 22 he took great pleasure in creating his own individual style
    derive, draw, acquire, obtain, get, gain, extract, procure;
    experience, undergo, feel, encounter, know, come into contact with, face
  • 23 Elizabeth took the news of my sacking badly
  • 24 do you take me for a fool?
    regard as, consider to be, view as, look on as, see as, believe to be, think of as, reckon to be, imagine to be, deem to be, hold to be, judge to be
  • 25 I take it that you are George Tenison
  • 26 I take your point
    understand, grasp, get, comprehend, apprehend, see, follow, take in;
    accept, appreciate, accept/acknowledge/admit the validity of, recognize, sympathize with, agree with
  • 27 Shirley was rather taken with this idea
    please, amuse, divert, entertain, gladden, satisfy, gratify
    informal tickle someone pink, tickle someone's fancy
  • 28 I can't take much more of this business
    endure, bear, suffer, tolerate, stand, put up with, stomach, brook, abide, carry, submit to, accept, permit, allow, admit, countenance, support, shoulder;
    Scottish  thole
  • 29 applicants may be asked to take a test
  • 30 I went on to take English, History, and French
    study, learn, be taught, have lessons in;
    read up on, work at, apply oneself to, acquire a knowledge of, gain an understanding of, grasp, master;
    take up, pursue;
    British  read
    informal do
  • 31 the journey should take a little over six hours
    last, continue for, go on for, carry on for, keep on for, run on for, endure for;
    require, call for, need, necessitate, entail, involve
  • 32 it would take an expert marksman with a high-powered rifle to hit him
  • 33 I take size 3 in shoes
    wear, habitually wear, use;
    require, need, be fitted by, fit
  • 34 we tried to bring the children up to think this way, but somehow it did not take
    be effective, have/take effect, take hold, take root, be efficacious, be productive, be in force, be in operation, be efficient, be effectual, be useful;
    work, operate, succeed, function
  • Phrases

    take after
    Jenny takes after her mother
    resemble, look like, be like, be similar to, bear a resemblance to, have the look of;
    remind one of, put one in mind of, make one think of, cause one to remember, recall, conjure up, suggest, evoke, call up
    informal favour, be a chip off the old block, be the spitting image of
    take a chair/seat
    take a seat, I'll be with you in a second
    sit down, sit, seat oneself, settle (oneself), install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself down, plop oneself down;
    flump, perch
    informal take a pew, plonk oneself down
    take against
    Bernard soon took against the idea
    take a dislike to, feel hostile towards, view with disfavour, look askance on, become unfriendly towards
    take something apart
    we took the machines apart several times
    [Antonyms] put together, assemble
    dismantle, pull/take to pieces, pull/take to bits, pull apart, disassemble, break up;
    tear down, demolish, destroy, pulverize, wreck, smash, shatter
    take someone/something apart
    informal she was relishing the sight of me being taken apart by the director
    [Antonyms] lavish praise on
    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage
    informal knock, slam, pan, bash, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer
    take someone back
  • 1 a dream which took me back to my first year in Vienna
    evoke, awaken/evoke one's memories of, remind one of, put one in mind of, conjure up, summon up, call up;
    echo, suggest, smack of
  • 2 if she apologizes I will take her back
    be reconciled to, forgive, pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve;
    accept back, welcome, receive;
  • take something back
  • 1 I take back every word I said
    retract, withdraw, renounce, disclaim, disown, unsay, disavow, recant, abjure, repudiate, override;
    [Antonyms] stand by
  • 2 I must take the keys back to the steward
    return, carry back, bring back, fetch back, give back, hand back, send back, restore, remit
    [Antonyms] keep, hang on to
  • 3 I'd damaged the box so the shop wouldn't take it back
    accept back, give a refund for, exchange, trade, swap
  • 4 the Romans took back the city in the following year
    [Antonyms] give away, cede
  • take someone by surprise
    executives were taken by surprise when sales dropped off late last year
    take aback, surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle;
    dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away;
    shake (up), jolt, throw, unnerve, disconcert, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, bewilder
    informal flabbergast, knock for six, knock sideways, knock out, floor, strike dumb
    take someone down a peg or two
    See peg
    take something down
  • 1 the policeman took down her particulars
    write down, note down, make a note of, jot down, set down, mark down, record, put on record, commit to paper, put in black and white, register, draft, document, minute, pen
  • 2 we took down the lighting rig at the end of the shoot
    remove, dismantle, disassemble, unfasten, separate, take apart, take to pieces, take out, disconnect;
    demolish, tear down, level, raze
    [Antonyms] leave in place
  • 3 they insisted he take down the flag
    pull down, let down, haul down, move down, lower, drop, let fall, let sink
    [Antonyms] pull up, haul up
  • take someone in
  • 1 Mrs Smith took in paying guests
    accommodate, board, house, feed, put up, take care of, admit, let in, receive, welcome, take, billet, harbour
    [Antonyms] turn someone away
  • 2 you were taken in by an elaborate trick
  • take something in
  • 1 at first she could hardly take in the news
    informal get
  • 2 this route takes in some of the most dramatic cliffs in Britain
    digest, assimilate;
    admit, hold
  • take someone in hand
    someone has to take him in hand
    control, have authority over, be in charge of, direct, preside over, lead, dominate, master;
    reform, improve, correct, change, make better, rehabilitate
    take something in hand
    the time has come to take matters in hand
    deal with, apply oneself to, address oneself to, get to grips with, get stuck into, busy oneself with, set one's hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, pursue, handle, manage;
    formal commence
    take it out of
    I'd had no idea how much hauling one of those things around would take it out of you
    informal fag out, whack, bush, knacker, poop
    take off
  • 1 I walked up to the horse, but he took off at a great speed
    run away, run off, flee, abscond, take flight, decamp, disappear, leave, go, depart, make off, bolt, make a run/break for it, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
    informal split, beat it, clear off, clear out, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, light out
    [Antonyms] stay put
  • 2 the plane took off
    become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing;
    be launched, lift off, blast off
    [Antonyms] land, touch down
  • 3 the idea really took off
    succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, progress, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom, turn out well, work (out)
    [Antonyms] fail, flop
  • take someone off
    he takes off the Prime Minister very well
    informal spoof, do, send up
    take oneself off
    I took myself off to the office
    [Antonyms] stay put
    withdraw, retire, take one's leave, make one's departure, leave, exit, depart, go away, pull out, quit, make oneself scarce
    informal clear off, clear out
    take something off
  • 1 they'd put a tinned steak and kidney pudding in the oven and forgotten to take its lid off
    detach, remove, pull off;
    extract, sever, separate
    [Antonyms] leave on
  • 2 she took off her clothes and folded them carefully
    remove, doff, divest oneself of, shed, strip off, pull off, peel off, climb out of, slip out of, shrug off, throw off, cast off, fling off, fling aside, discard
    [Antonyms] put on
  • 3 it might help to take a pound or two off the price
    deduct, subtract, take away, remove
  • take on
    British informal don't take on so!
    [Antonyms] keep calm
    get upset, make a fuss, break down, get excited, go too far, lose one's sense of proportion, overreact
    informal lose one's cool, get in a tizzy
    take someone on
  • 1 they could find no major challenger to take him on
    compete against, oppose, challenge, confront, face, fight, pit/match oneself against, vie with, contend with/against, battle with/against, struggle against, take up cudgels against, stand up to, go head to head against
  • 2 the Home Office took on extra staff
    engage, hire, employ, enrol, enlist, sign up, take into employment, put on the payroll
    informal take on board
    [Antonyms] fire, dismiss
  • take something on
  • 1 he took on additional responsibility
    undertake, accept, take on oneself, tackle, turn one's hand to, adopt, assume, shoulder, embrace, acquire, carry, bear, support
    informal have a go at
  • 2 in this polarized society, even the narrowest psychological study took on political meaning
    acquire, assume, come to have, come by
    [Antonyms] abandon, give up
  • take someone out
    the very first night he took her out, Frank proposed to her
    go out with, escort, partner, accompany, go with;
    romance, court, woo, go courting with
    informal date, see, go steady with
    take someone/something out
    informal they were taken out by a sniper
    informal do in, bump off, rub out, wipe out, hit, mow down, top
    literary slay
    take something out
    that tooth will need to be taken out
    [Antonyms] put in
    extract, remove, pull (out), yank out, tug out, pluck out, prise out, separate, detach, draw
    British informal hoick out
    take something over
    she took over the editorship in 1989
    assume control of, take control of, gain control of, take charge of, take command of, assume responsibility for;
    assume, acquire, gain, appropriate, be elevated to
    take one's time
    he took his time going through the papers
    [Antonyms] hurry, rush
    go slowly, not hurry, be leisurely, proceed in a leisurely fashion, dally, dawdle, delay, linger, go at a snail's pace, drag one's feet, waste time, while away time, kill time
    informal dilly-dally
    archaic or literary tarry
    take to
  • 1 after being mugged a few months back, he had taken to carrying his money in different parts of his clothing
    make a habit of, resort to, turn to, have recourse to, begin, start
    formal commence
    [Antonyms] stop
  • 2 Ruth took to Mrs Taylor the moment she opened the door
    develop a liking for, like, get on with, become friendly with
    informal take a shine to
    [Antonyms] dislike
  • 3 the dog has really taken to hurdles racing
    become good at, develop an ability/aptitude for, be suitable for;
    develop a liking for, like, enjoy, become interested in
  • take something up
  • 1 we took up our bags and left
    pick up, grab, scoop up, gather up, snatch up, swoop up;
    lift up, raise, uplift, heft, heave, elevate
    [Antonyms] put down, drop
  • 2 in the thirties he took up abstract painting
    become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow;
    begin, start
    formal commence
    [Antonyms] give up, drop
  • 3 she found that the meetings took up all her time
  • 4 her cousin took up the story
    resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to
  • 5 he had decided to take up their offer of employment
    accept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain
    [Antonyms] refuse
  • 6 you'll need to take the skirt up an inch or two
    shorten, make shorter, turn up;
    raise, lift, make higher
  • take up with
    she took up with a middle-aged art historian
    become friendly with, become friends with, go around with, go along with, fall in with, join up with, string along with, get involved with, start seeing
    informal knock about/around with, hang around/out with
    British informal hang about with


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  • 1 the whalers' commercial take
    catch, haul, bag, yield, net
  • 2 he is determined to increase the state's tax take
    revenue, income, gain, profit, money received, payments received;
    Sport  gate money, purse
    British informal bunce
  • 3 you need someone with a clapperboard at the start of each take
    scene, sequence, filmed sequence, clip, part, segment
  • 4 her wry and knowing take on sex and gender issues
    view of, reading of, version of, interpretation of, understanding of, account of, explanation of, analysis of, approach to
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