Definition of taking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈteɪkɪŋ/


1 [mass noun] The action or process of taking something: the taking of life
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  • In fact, giving and taking are natural phenomenon in human relationships.
  • There should be no taking of sides when human rights are in jeopardy.
  • He had been released from prison last April after serving a sentence for assault and the unauthorised taking of a car.
2 (takings) The amount of money earned by a business from the sale of goods or services: the big test for the shop’s new look is whether it’ll boost takings
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  • Industry takings rely on the sale of alcohol and the more they sell, the better their profits.
  • Retailers can examine the till takings in a branch across the city, without having to lay a cable out there.
  • At the end of the day he compares the tally of customers with the takings to ensure his profit margin.
proceeds, returns, receipts, earnings, winnings, pickings, spoils;
profit, gain, income, revenue, money received, payments received;
Sport  gate money, gate, purse


(Of a person) captivating in manner; charming: he was not a very taking person, she felt
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  • I must admit that she is not a taking young woman," she said. "I never felt myself so chilled and repressed in my life before."
  • When I was leaving the country the last time, a taking young man with Homburg hat, blue tie, light gloves, smart clothes and cane, came up with extended hand to meet me, and seeing uncertainty as to his identity in my expression as I took it, he exclaimed reproachfully--"What, have you forgotten poor Fr.------already?"


for the taking

Ready or available for someone to take advantage of: the fourth game was Wright’s for the taking
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  • Four units were available for the taking and quickly these were filled.
  • Boiled in three or four changes of water, they are one of the first spring vegetables available for the taking.
  • You can get any song, any program, or any movie that your heart desires and it's all free for the taking.



Pronunciation: /ˈteɪkɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • The Barry Hills-trained Turtle Island filly finished fourth in a decent maiden over six furlongs at Newmarket last October, running on takingly at the finish.
  • To the public, attractive advertisements were put out with a picture of gracefully clasped hands with a slight show of the feminine wrist; and to more effectively move the juvenile impulse to trade, the wrist is takingly adorned by a narrow band of black velvet ribbon strung with a single link.



Words that rhyme with taking

making, undertaking

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Line breaks: tak¦ing

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