Definition of partake in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɑːˈteɪk/

verb (past partook /pɑːˈtʊk/; past participle partaken /pɑːˈteɪk(ə)n/)

[no object] formal
1 (partake of) Eat or drink (something): he partook of a well-earned drink
More example sentences
  • I have no doubt he remembered I was the only one who had not partaken of his drinks the day before.
  • In the early 19th century, lunch in the modern sense was mostly partaken of by women, the men (especially those in business and the professions) eating large breakfasts and large dinners, and little in between.
  • Hollywood heavyweights Michael Keaton and John Cusack have partaken of the restaurant's high-class fare, while comedian Steve Coogan, John Hannah, Robbie Coltrane and Gail Porter have all been seen there.
consume, have, eat, drink, take, devour, polish off, ingest
informal tuck into, wolf down, dispose of, get outside of, get one's laughing gear round
2 (partake in) Join in (an activity): visitors can partake in golfing or clay pigeon shooting
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  • Frank recalled that Gerard partook in all the sports activities and was top scorer in their indoor soccer tournament ‘because he had such a low centre of gravity no-one could get the ball off him!’
  • Everyone including all the Leaders partook in the following activities: Indoor Climbing Wall, Absailing and rock climbing and River Gorge walking.
  • Among the activities they partook in were abseiling, exploring the local beach and climbing over the famous limestone mountains.
participate in, take part in, engage in, enter into, join in, get involved in, share in, play a part in, contribute to, have a hand in, have something to do with
3 (partake of) Be characterized by (a quality): the birth of twins became an event which partook of the mythic
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  • It isn't, as with digital effects, that some components of the shot are manufactured, while others are allegedly ‘real’; everything partakes of both qualities, through and through.
  • Marking the threshold between choir and nave, it represents the ‘liminal zone which partakes of the qualities of both’ the realms it delimits.
  • When it terminates in such a mount, it partakes of the quality of that particular mount.
have the qualities/attributes of, suggest, evoke, be characterized by, hint at, evince, manifest



Pronunciation: /pɑːˈteɪkə/
Example sentences
  • Strangely none of the party partakers had noticed that there was a pool outside, she wondered if Drew had drawn them away from the yard for a reason.
  • And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.
  • More obviously sexual and openly competitive than the other two kingdoms, partakers of animal remedies are concerned largely with their own survival and may talk about cruelty and aggression, jealousy and loss of attractiveness.


Mid 16th century: back-formation from earlier partaker 'person who takes a part'.

Words that rhyme with partake

ache, awake, bake, betake, Blake, brake, break, cake, crake, drake, fake, flake, forsake, hake, Jake, lake, make, mistake, opaque, quake, rake, sake, shake, sheikh, slake, snake, splake, stake, steak, strake, take, undertake, wake, wideawake

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