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1 the income arising from land or other property; "the average return was about 5%" [syn: return, issue, proceeds, takings, yield, payoff]
2 the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption


1 carry out; "take action"; "take steps"; "take vengeance"
2 as of time or space; "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time" [syn: occupy, use up]
3 take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" [syn: lead, direct, conduct, guide]
4 get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please" [syn: get hold of]
5 take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables" [syn: assume, acquire, adopt, take on]
6 interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!" [syn: read]
7 take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point" [syn: bring, convey]
8 take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks" [ant: give]
9 require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, involve, call for, demand] [ant: obviate]
10 pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her" [syn: choose, select, pick out]
11 travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; "He takes the bus to work"; "She takes Route 1 to Newark"
12 receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present" [syn: accept, have] [ant: refuse]
13 assume, as of positions or roles; "She took the job as director of development" [syn: fill]
14 take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: consider, deal, look at]
15 experience or feel or submit to; "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"
16 make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie" [syn: film, shoot]
17 remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, taking off, etc. or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment" [syn: remove, take away, withdraw]
18 serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn: consume, ingest, take in, have] [ant: abstain]
19 accept or undergo, often unwillingly; "We took a pay cut" [syn: undergo, submit]
20 make use of or accept for some purpose; "take a risk"; "take an opportunity" [syn: accept]
21 take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
22 occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose" [syn: assume, strike, take up]
23 admit into a group or community; "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member" [syn: accept, admit, take on]
24 ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; "take a pulse"; "A reading was taken of the earth's tremors"
25 be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam" [syn: learn, study, read]
26 take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her" [syn: claim, exact]
27 head into a specified direction; "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains" [syn: make]
28 aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent" [syn: aim, train, take aim, direct]
29 be seized or affected in a specified way; "take sick"; "be taken drunk"
30 have with oneself; have on one's person; "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains" [syn: carry, pack]
31 engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?" [syn: lease, rent, hire, charter, engage]
32 receive or obtain by regular payment; "We take the Times every day" [syn: subscribe, subscribe to]
33 buy, select; "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
34 to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; "take shelter from the storm"
35 have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable" [syn: have]
36 lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea" [syn: claim] [ant: disclaim]
37 be designed to hold or take; "This surface will not take the dye" [syn: accept]
38 be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: contain, hold]
39 develop a habit; "He took to visiting bars"
40 proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work" [syn: drive]
41 obtain by winning; "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"
42 be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: contract, get] [also: took, taken]

User Contributed Dictionary



From < tacan < taka.


  • /teɪk/, /teIk/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪk


  1. To grasp with the hands.
  2. To grab and move to oneself.
    I’ll take that plate off the table.
  3. To get into one's possession.
  4. To accept.
    Do you take sugar in your coffee?
    We take all major credit cards.
  5. To gain a position by force.
    After a bloody battle, they were able to take the city.
  6. To have sex with forcefully, possibly without consent.
    The rapist took his victims in dark alleys.
  7. To carry, particularly to a particular destination.
    I'll take the plate with me.
  8. To choose.
    I'll take the blue plates.
  9. To support or carry without failing or breaking.
    That truck bed will only take two tons.
  10. To endure or cope with.
    I can take the noise, but I can't take the smell.
  11. To not swing at a pitch
    He’ll probably take this one.
  12. To ingest medicine, drugs, etc.
    I take aspirin every day to thin my blood.
  13. In the context of "usually with “for”": To assume or interpret to be.
    Do you take me for a fool?
    I take it you're not going?
  14. To enroll (in a class, or a course of study).
    I plan to take math, physics, literature and flower arrangement this semester.
  15. To participate in, undergo (a test or exam).
    Aren't you supposed to take your math final today?
  16. To tighten (take up) a belaying rope. Often used imperatively.
  17. To fight or attempt to fight somebody. (See also take on.)
    Don't try to take that guy. He's bigger than you.
  18. To stick, persist, thrive or remain.
    I started some tomato seeds last spring, but they didn't take.
  19. To catch the ball; especially for the wicket-keeper to catch the ball after the batsman has missed or edged it.
  20. To require.
    Looks like it's gonna take a taller person to get that down.
    It takes a village to raise a child.
  21. To require.
    You'll need to take your textbook with you to every class.
  22. To last or expend [an amount of time].
    I estimate the trip will take about ten minutes.
  23. For example.
    I've had a lot of problems recently. Take last Monday. The car broke down on the way to work. Then ...etc.
  24. To eliminate bodily waste .
    He went to take a piss.


  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1''
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...

Derived terms


to grab with the hands
to grab and move to oneself
  • Albanian: merr
  • Arabic:
  • Catalan: prendre
  • Chinese: (ná)
  • Croatian: uzeti, uzimati
  • Czech: vzít
  • Dutch: nemen
  • Esperanto: preni
  • Finnish: ottaa
  • French: prendre
  • German: nehmen
  • Hungarian: vesz
  • Irish: tóg
  • Italian: prendere
  • Japanese: 運ぶ
  • Kazakh: алу (alu) ^
  • Korean: 잡다 (jabda)
  • Polish: brać / wziąć
  • Portuguese: tomar
  • Russian: брать / взять (brat’ / vzjat’)
  • Slovene: vzeti
  • Spanish: tomar
  • Swedish: ta, föra fram till sig
  • Turkish: almak (tr)
to get into one's possession
to accept
  • Japanese: 受け付ける
military: to gain a position by force
to have sex with by force
to carry
  • Czech: vzít
  • Finnish: viedä
  • German: nehmen
  • Japanese: 運ぶ
  • Ladino: yevar
  • Portuguese: levar, carregar
  • Romanian: a lua
  • Spanish: llevar
  • Swedish: ta
to choose
to support or carry without failing or breaking
  • Czech: unést
  • Finnish: kestää
  • German: aushalten
  • Japanese: 壊さずに運ぶ
  • Spanish: soportar
  • Swedish: hålla, ta
to endure
  • Czech: vydržet, vystát
  • Finnish: sietää, kestää
  • German: aushalten
  • Japanese: 我慢する
  • Spanish: soportar, aguantar
  • Swedish: ta, tåla
to ingest medicine


  1. An act of taking.
  2. Something that is taken.
  3. A (1) profit, (2) reward, (3) bribe, illegal payoff or unethical kickback.
    (1) & (2): He wants half of the take if he helps with the job.
    (3) The mayor is on the take.
  4. An interpretation or view.
    What’s your take on this issue, Fred?
  5. An attempt to record a scene.
    It’s a take.
    Act seven, scene three, take two.
  6. A catch.
  7. A facial gesture in response to an event.
    I did a take when I saw the new car in the driveway.
  8. A catch of the ball, especially by the wicket-keeper.



Derived terms


act of taking
something that is taken
  • Czech: vzaný
  • Japanese: 獲得
profit or reward
interpretation or view
  • Czech: názor
  • Finnish: mielipide
  • Japanese: 見解
  • Spanish: punto de vista
film: attempt to record a scene
  • Catalan: presa
  • Finnish: otto
  • Japanese: テイク
  • Russian: дубль
  • Spanish: toma
  • Swedish: tagning
rugby: catch
acting: facial gesture
cricket: catch of the ball

See also

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  1. : bamboo
  2. : height
  3. : peak, mountain

Extensive Definition

A take is a single continuous recorded performance. The term is used in film and music to denote and track the stages of production.


In cinematography, a take refers to each filmed "version" of a particular shot or "set up". Takes of each shot are generally numbered starting with "take one" and the number of each successive take is increased (with the director calling for "take two" or "take eighteen") until the filming of the shot is completed.
A one-take occurs when the entire scene is shot satisfactorily the first time, whether by necessity (as with certain expensive special effects) or by happy accident.
Film takes are often designated with the aid of a clapboard. It is also referred to as the slate. The number of each take is written or attached to the clapboard, which is filmed briefly prior to or at the beginning of the actual take. Only takes which are vetted by the continuity person and/or script supervisor are printed and are sent to the film editor.
Outakes or "outs" are takes or portions of takes that are not in the movie. The vast majority of material (film or digital) shot for a major motion picture doesn't make it into the finished movie. Multiple takes of repeated performances, shot from various camera angles quickly add up. Shooting over a million feet of film for a movie and using ten thousand feet for the finished product is common.
Some film directors are known for using very long, unedited takes. Alfred Hitchcock's Rope is famous for being composed of nine uninterrupted takes, each from four to ten minutes long. This required actors to step over cables and dolly tracks while filming, and stagehands to move furniture and props out of the camera's way as it moved around the room. A camera operator's foot was broken by a heavy dolly during one intensive take, and he was gagged and hauled out of the studio so that filming could continue without interruption. The eight-minute opening shot of The Player includes people discussing long takes in other movies.
Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark (2002) consists of a single 90-minute take, shot on a digital format. Mike Figgis' Timecode (2000) consists of a single 90-minute take as well, albeit with 4 camera units shooting simultaneously. In the finished film, all 4 camera angles are shown simultaneously on a split screen, with the sound fading from one to another to direct audience attention.

Multiple takes

Other directors such as Stanley Kubrick are notorious for demanding numerous retakes of a single scene, once asking Shelley Duvall to repeat a scene 127 times for The Shining. During the shooting of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick asked for 97 takes of Tom Cruise walking through a door before he was satisfied. Charlie Chaplin, both director and star of The Gold Rush, did 63 separate takes of a scene where his character eats a boot -- in reality, a prop made of licorice -- and ended up being taken to the hospital for insulin shock due to the high sugar intake. Chaplin also did 342 takes of a scene in City Lights (1931).
In other cases, it is the actors who cause multiple takes. One fight scene in Jackie Chan's The Young Master was so intricate that it required 329 takes to complete, and most Jackie Chan films include the most humorous of the outtakes from filming during the end credits. Director Bryan Singer tried for a full day to get his desired shots of the cast of The Usual Suspects behaving sullenly in a police lineup, but the actors could not remain serious and kept spoiling the takes by laughing and making faces. In the end, Singer changed his plan and used the funniest of the takes in the final movie to illustrate the contempt the criminals had for the police. During the filming of Some Like It Hot, director Billy Wilder was notoriously frustrated by the retakes required by Marilyn Monroe's inability to remember her lines.


A spit-take is a take in which a performer reacts in surprise by spitting a beverage out of his or her mouth.
A double-take is the reaction of surprise illustrated by the performer glancing at something, then looking away, then looking back in shock, astonishment, or amazement.


In music, a take similarly refers to successive attempts to record a song or part. Musical takes are also sequentially numbered. The need to obtain a complete, acceptable take was especially important in the years predating multi-track recording and overdubbing techniques.
Different versions of the same song from a single recording session are sometimes eventually released as alternate takes of the recording; indeed, alternate takes of songs recorded by The Beatles were some of the most sought-after bootleg recordings by the band, before their official release as part of The Beatles Anthology; a similar case occurred with the recordings of Elvis Presley until his label, RCA, began releasing alternate takes itself in 1974 with Elvis: A Legendary Performer Volume 1.

Conservation Biology

In conservation biology, Taking means pursuing, shooting, killing, capturing, trapping, snaring, angling, spearing, or netting wild animals; or placing, setting, drawing, or using a net, trap, or other device to take wild animals. Taking also includes attempting to take wild animals or assisting another person in taking wild animals.


take in German: Take

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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