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take
British English: /teɪk/
American English: /teɪk/

Translation of take in French:

noun

  • 1 (Cinema)
    prise (f) (de vues)
    ‘it's a take!’
    ‘elle est bonne!’

transitive verb prét took pp taken

  • 1 (take hold of)
    (object, money)
    to take somebody by the arm/hand/throat
    prendre quelqu'un par le bras/par la main/à la gorge
    to take somebody's arm/hand
    prendre le bras/la main de quelqu'un
    to take something from
    prendre quelque chose sur
    (shelf, table)
    prendre quelque chose dans
    (drawer, box)
    to take something out of something
    sortir quelque chose de quelque chose
    the passage is taken from his latest book
    le passage est tiré de son dernier livre
  • 2 (use violently)to take a knife/an axe to somebody
    attaquer quelqu'un avec un couteau/une hache
  • 3 (have by choice)
    (bath, shower, holiday)
    to take lessons
    prendre des leçons
    in de
    we take a newspaper/three pints of milk every day
    nous prenons le journal/trois pintes de lait tous les jours
    we take the Gazette
    nous recevons la Gazette
    I'll take a pound of apples, please
    donnez-moi une livre de pommes, s'il vous plaît
    take a seat!
    asseyez-vous!
    to take a wife/a husband (dated)
    prendre femme/un mari
    (dated)
  • 4 (carry along)
    (person)
    to take somebody to school/to work/to the hospital
    emmener quelqu'un à l'école/au travail/à l'hôpital
    to take a letter/a cheque to the post office
    porter une lettre/un chèque à la poste
    to take chairs into the garden
    porter des chaises dans le jardin
    to take the car to the garage
    emmener la voiture au garage
    the book? he's taken it with him
    le livre? il l'a emporté
    to take somebody something, to take something to somebody
    apporter quelque chose à quelqu'un
    to take somebody dancing/swimming
    emmener quelqu'un danser/se baigner
    to take something upstairs/downstairs
    monter/descendre quelque chose
    you can't take him anywhere! [humorous]
    il n'est pas sortable!
  • 5 (lead, guide) See examples: I'll take you through the procedure
    je vous montrerai comment on procède
    to take the actors through the scene
    faire travailler la scène aux acteurs
    I'll take you up to the second floor/to your room
    je vais vous conduire au deuxième étage/à votre chambre
  • 6 (transport)to take somebody to
    (bus)
    conduire or emmener quelqu'un à
    (place)
    (road, path)
    conduire or mener quelqu'un à
    (place)
    his work takes him to many different countries
    son travail l'appelle à se déplacer dans beaucoup de pays différents
    what took you to Brussels?
    qu'est-ce que vous êtes allé faire à Bruxelles?
  • 7 (use to get somewhere)
    (bus, taxi, plane etc)
    (road, path)
    take the first turn on the right/left
    prenez la première à droite/à gauche
  • 8 (negotiate)
    (driver, car) (corner, bend)
    (horse) (fence)
  • 9 (accept)
    (bribe, money)
    (patients, pupils)
    (job)
    (phone call)
    (machine) (coin)
    (shop, restaurant etc) (credit card, cheque)
    (union, employee) (reduction, cut)
    will you take £10 for the radio?
    je vous offre 10 livres sterling en échange de votre radio
    that's my last offer, take it or leave it !
    c'est ma dernière proposition, c'est à prendre ou à laisser!
    whisky? I can take it or leave it!
    le whisky? je peux très bien m'en passer
  • 10 (require)
    (activity, course of action) (patience, skill, courage)
    it takes patience/courage to do
    il faut de la patience/du courage pour faire
    it takes three hours/years etc to do
    il faut trois heures/ans etc pour faire
    it won't take long
    ça ne prendra pas longtemps
    it took her 10 minutes to repair it
    elle a mis 10 minutes pour le réparer
    the wall won't take long to build
    le mur sera vite construit
    it won't take long to do the washing-up
    la vaisselle sera vite faite
    it would take a genius/a strong person to do that
    il faudrait un génie/quelqu'un de robuste pour faire ça
    to have what it takes
    avoir tout ce qu'il faut
    to do pour faire
    typing all those letters in two hours will take some doing!
    ce ne sera pas facile de taper toutes ces lettres en deux heures!
    she'll take some persuading
    ce sera dur de la convaincre
  • 11 (Linguistics)
    (verb) (object)
    (preposition)
    être suivi de
    (case)
  • 12 (endure)
    (pain, criticism)
    (punishment, opinions)
    I find their attitude hard to take
    je trouve leur attitude difficile à accepter
    he can't take being criticized
    il ne supporte pas qu'on le critique
    she just sat there and took it!
    elle est restée là et ne s'est pas défendue
    he can't take a joke
    il ne sait pas prendre une plaisanterie
    go on, tell me, I can take it!
    vas-y, dis-le, je n'en mourrai pas (informal)!
    I can't take any more!
    je suis vraiment à bout!
  • 13 (react to)
    (news, matter, criticism, comments)
    to take something well/badly
    bien/mal prendre quelque chose
    to take something seriously/lightly
    prendre quelque chose au sérieux/à la légère
    to take things one ou a step at a time
    prendre les choses une par une
  • 14 (assume) See examples: I take it that …
    je suppose que …
    to take somebody for ou to be something
    prendre quelqu'un pour quelque chose
    what do you take me for?
    pour qui est-ce que tu me prends?
    what do you take this poem to mean?
    comment est-ce que vous interprétez ce poème?
  • 15 (consider as example)
    (person, example, case)
    take John (for example), he has brought up a family by himself
    prends John, il a élevé une famille tout seul
    let us ou if we take the situation in France
    prenons la situation en France
    take Stella, she never complains!
    regarde Stella, elle ne se plaint jamais!
  • 16 (adopt)
    (view, attitude, measures, steps)
    to take a soft/tough line on somebody/something
    adopter une attitude indulgente/sévère à l'égard de quelqu'un/quelque chose
    to take the view ou attitude that …
    être d'avis que, considérer que …
  • 17 (record)
    (notes, statement)
    (doctor, nurse) (pulse, temperature, blood pressure)
    (secretary) (letter)
    to take somebody's measurements (for clothes)
    prendre les mesures de quelqu'un
    to take a reading
    lire les indications
  • 18 (hold)
    (hall, bus)
    avoir une capacité de, pouvoir contenir
    (50 people, passengers etc)
    (tank, container)
    pouvoir contenir
    (quantity)
    the tank/bus will take…
    le réservoir/bus peut contenir…
    the cupboard/the suitcase won't take any more clothes
    il est impossible de mettre plus de vêtements dans ce placard/ cette valise
  • 19 (consume)
    (sugar, milk, pills, remedy)
    to take tea/lunch with somebody (British English) [formal]
    prendre le thé/déjeuner avec quelqu'un
    drug
  • 20 (wear) (in clothes)
    (size)
    to take a size 4 (in shoes)
    faire (informal) or chausser du 37
  • 22 (Mathematics) (subtract)
    (number, quantity) from de
  • 24 (School, University) (sit)
    (exam, test)
  • 25 (teach)
    (teacher, lecturer)
    faire cours à
    (students, pupils)
    to take somebody for Geography/French
    faire cours de géographie/de français à quelqu'un
  • 26 (officiate at)
    (priest) (service, prayer, wedding)
    (mass)
  • 28
    [informal]
    (have sex with)
    (woman)

intransitive verb prét took pp taken

  • 1 (have desired effect)
    (drug)
    faire effet
    (dye)
    (grow successfully) (plant)

Idioms

I'll take it from here

[figurative]
je prendrai la suite

[informal]
to be on the take

to take it ou a lot out of somebody

fatiguer beaucoup quelqu'un

to take it upon oneself to do

to take somebody out of themselves

changer les idées à quelqu'un

you can take it from me,…

croyez-moi,…

Phrasal verbs

take aback

take [somebody] aback
(person)

take after

take after [somebody]
(father, mother etc)

take against

take against [somebody]
prendre [quelqu'un] en grippe

take along

take [somebody/something] along, take along [somebody/something]
(object)
(person)

take apart

1 take apart
se démonter
does it take apart?
est-ce que ça se démonte?
2 take [somebody/something] apart 2.1 (separate into parts)
(car, machine)
2.2
[informal]
[figurative] (defeat)
(player, team) (informal) (opponent, team)
2.3
[informal]
(criticize)
(person, critic, teacher)
descendre [quelque chose] en flammes
(informal) (essay, film, book)

take aside

take [somebody] aside
prendre [quelqu'un] à part

take away

take [somebody/something] away, take away [somebody/something] 1.1 (remove)
(object) from de
(person) from de
(pain, fear, grief) from de
‘two hamburgers to take away, please’ (British English)
‘deux hamburgers à emporter, s'il vous plaît’
to take away somebody's appetite
faire perdre l'appétit à quelqu'un
1.2 [figurative] (diminish) See examples: that doesn't take anything away from his achievement
ça n'enlève rien à ce qu'il a accompli
1.3 (subtract)
(number) from à, de
ten take away seven is three
dix moins sept égalent trois

take back

1 take [something] back, take back [something] 1.1 (return to shop)
(person, customer) (goods) to à
1.2 (retract)
(statement, words)
I take it back
2 take [somebody] back (cause to remember)
rappeler des souvenirs à
(person)
this song takes me back to my childhood
cette chanson me rappelle mon enfance
3 take [somebody/something] back, take back [somebody/something] (accept again)
(partner, employee)
(gift, ring)
(shop) (goods)

take down

take [something] down, take down [something] 1.1 (remove)
(book, vase, box)
(picture, curtains)
1.2 (lower)
(skirt, pants)
1.3 (dismantle)
(tent, scaffolding)
1.4 (write down)
(name, statement, details)

take hold

take hold
(disease, epidemic)
s'installer
(idea, ideology)
se répandre
(influence)
s'accroître
to take hold of (grasp)
(object, hand)
[figurative] (overwhelm) (feeling, anger) (person)
(idea) (person)

take in

1 take [somebody] in, take in [somebody] 1.1 (deceive) he was taken in
il s'est laissé abuser
don't be taken in by appearances!
ne te fie pas aux apparences!
I wasn't taken in by him
je ne me suis pas laissé prendre à son jeu
1.2 (allow to stay)
(person, refugee)
(lodger)
2 take in [something] 2.1 (understand)
(situation)
I can't take it in!
je n'arrive pas à le croire!
2.2 (observe)
(detail)
(scene)
2.3 (encompass)
(place, developments)
2.4 (absorb)
(root) (nutrients)
(person, animal) (oxygen)
[figurative]
s'imprégner de
(atmosphere)
2.5 (Nautical)
(boat) (water)
2.6 (Clothing) (alter)
(dress, skirt etc)
2.7 (accept for payment)
faire [quelque chose] à domicile
(washing, mending)
2.8
[informal]
(visit)
aller à
(play, exhibition)

take off

1 take off 1.1 (leave the ground)
(plane)
1.2 [figurative]
(idea, fashion)
(product)
(sales)
1.3
[informal]
(leave hurriedly)
(informal)
2 take [something] off 2.1 (deduct) See examples: to take £10 off (the price)
réduire le prix de 10 livres, faire une remise de 10 livres
2.2 (have as holiday) See examples: to take two days off
prendre deux jours de congé
I'm taking next week off
je suis en congé la semaine prochaine
2.3 (make look younger) See examples: that hairstyle takes 15 years off you!
cette coiffure te rajeunit de 15 ans!
3 take [something] off, take off [something] 3.1 (remove)
(clothing, shoes)
(lid, feet, hands) from de
(dish, train)
to take something off the market
retirer quelque chose du marché
3.2 (amputate) 3.3 (withdraw)
(show, play)
4 take [somebody] off, take off [somebody] 4.1
[informal]
(imitate)
(person)
4.2 (remove) See examples: to take somebody off the case
(police)
retirer l'affaire à quelqu'un
to take oneself off

take on

1 take on (get upset) See examples: don't take on so (stay calm)
ne t'énerve pas
(don't worry)
ne t'en fais pas
2 take [somebody/something] on, take on [somebody/something] 2.1 (employ)
(staff, worker)
2.2 (compete against)
(team, player)
jouer contre
(team, player)
(fight)
se battre contre
(person, opponent)
to take somebody on at chess/at tennis
jouer aux échecs/au tennis contre quelqu'un
2.3 (accept)
(work, task)
(responsibilities)
2.4 (acquire)
(look, significance, colour, meaning)

take out

1 take out
s'enlever
does this take out?
est-ce que ça s'enlève?
2 take [somebody/something] out, take out [somebody/something] 2.1 (remove)
(object) from, of de
(dentist) (informal) (tooth)
(doctor) (appendix)
(from bank) (money) of de
take your hands out of your pockets!
enlève tes mains de tes poches!
2.2 (go out with)
sortir avec
(person)
to take somebody out to dinner/for a walk
emmener quelqu'un dîner/se promener
2.3 (eat elsewhere)
(fast food)
‘two hamburgers to take out, please!’
‘deux hamburgers à emporter, s'il vous plaît!
2.4 (deduct)
(contributions, tax) of de
2.5
[informal]
(kill, destroy)
(person)
(installation, target)
2.6to take something out on somebody
passer quelque chose sur quelqu'un
(anger, frustration)
to take it out on somebody
s'en prendre à quelqu'un

take over

1 take over 1.1 (take control) (of town, country, party)
(army, faction)
he's always trying to take over
il veut toujours tout commander
1.2 (be successor)
(person)
prendre la suite
as comme
to take over from
2 take over [something] 2.1 (take control of)
(town, country)
(business)
shall I take over the driving for a while?
veux-tu que je prenne un peu le volant?
2.2 (Finance)

take part

prendre part
to take part in
(production, activity)

take place

take to

take to [somebody/something] 1.1 (develop liking for) See examples: he has really taken to her/to his new job
elle/son nouvel emploi lui plaît vraiment beaucoup
1.2 (begin) See examples: to take to doing (informal)
se mettre à faire
he's taken to smoking/wearing a hat
il s'est mis à fumer/porter un chapeau
1.3 (go)
se réfugier dans
(forest, hills)
to take to one's bed to take to the streets

take up

1 take up (continue story etc) to take up where somebody/something left off
reprendre là où quelqu'un/quelque chose s'était arrêté
to take up with
s'attacher à
(person, group)
2 take up [something] 2.1 (lift up)
(carpet, pavement, track)
(pen)
2.2 (start)
se mettre à
(golf, guitar)
(job)
to take up a career as an actor
se lancer dans le métier d'acteur
to take up one's duties ou responsibilities
entrer dans ses fonctions
2.3 (continue)
(story, discussion)
(cry, refrain)
2.4 (accept)
(offer, invitation) (challenge)
to take up somebody's case
(Law)
accepter de défendre quelqu'un
2.5to take something up with somebody
soulever [quelque chose] avec quelqu'un
(matter)
2.6 (occupy)
(time, energy)
2.7 (adopt)
(position, stance)
2.8 (Clothing) (shorten)
(skirt, curtains etc)
2.9 (absorb)
(sponge, material, paper) (liquid)
3 take [somebody] up 3.1 (adopt) [figurative]she was taken up by the surrealists
elle a été adoptée par les surréalistes
3.2to take somebody up on (challenge)
reprendre quelqu'un sur
(point, assertion)
(accept) See examples: to take somebody up on an invitation/an offer
accepter l'invitation/l'offre de quelqu'un

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