take


take
   1. to steal
   OED gives a first use in this sense in 1200, since when it had been standard English. In modern use it may refer to being bribed:
    The judges who took were said to be carefully isolated. There were bagmen and code words. (Turow, 1999)
   2. to copulate with
   Usually of the male, in ancient or modern use:
    To take her in her heart's extremest hate. (Shakespeare, Richard HI)
    It didn't stop the waves of lust as he took her. (Allbeury, 1976)
   Rarely, although with rather more logic, the female takes the male:
    Chandra... had been the cause of his love affair... for she had taken him just to forget Chandra. (Masters, 1976)
   3. to kill
   The victims are animals, by culling or hunting:
    And many of the creatures she allowed to escape. 'You take him,' she would say. (Mailer, 1965, writing about shooting squirrels)
   4. to cause or allow to die
   When your deity says your time is up:
    I felt wretchedly old... and began to wonder, for the first time in my life, when it would please God to take me. (W. Collins, 1868)
   5. to conceive
   Used of domestic animals, as of cuttings or grafts of plants:
    Some mares won't take. (D. Francis, 1982)
   6. to overcome or master
   An omnibus usage which may describe any action from aggressively passing another vehicle on the highway to any kind of villainy:
    He had no doubts he could 'take' the apartment at Fontenoy House. He was, after all, one of the best cracksmen in London. (Forsyth, 1984)

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  • Take — Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take — [tāk] vt. took, taken, taking [ME taken < OE tacan < ON taka < ? IE base * dēg , to lay hold of] I to get possession of by force or skill; seize, grasp, catch, capture, win, etc. 1. to get by conquering; capture; seize 2. to trap, snare …   English World dictionary

  • take — ► VERB (past took; past part. taken) 1) lay hold of with one s hands; reach for and hold. 2) occupy (a place or position). 3) capture or gain possession of by force. 4) carry or bring with one; convey. 5) remove from a place. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • take — [n] profit booty*, catch, catching, cut, gate, haul*, holding, part, proceeds, receipts, return, returns, revenue, share, takings, yield; concept 344 Ant. debt, loss take [v1] get; help oneself to abduct, accept, acquire, arrest, attain, capture …   New thesaurus

  • Take — Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. Shak. [1913 Webster] When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take — vb took, tak·en, tak·ing vt 1 a: to obtain control, custody, or possession of often by assertive or intentional means b: to seize or interfere with the use of (property) by governmental authority; specif: to acquire title to for public use by… …   Law dictionary

  • Take On Me — ist ein Lied und Nummer Eins Hit der norwegischen Popband a ha, welches von ihrem ersten Album Hunting High and Low aus dem Jahr 1985 stammt. Aufgenommen wurde der Titel bereits 1984, jedoch schaffte er es erst mit dem dritten Anlauf zum Nummer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Take on me — ist ein Lied und Nummer Eins Hit der norwegischen Popband a ha, welches von ihrem ersten Album Hunting High and Low aus dem Jahr 1985 stammt. Aufgenommen wurde der Titel bereits 1984, jedoch schaffte er es erst mit dem dritten Anlauf zum Nummer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Take on Me — «Take on Me» Sencillo de a ha del álbum Hunting High and Low Publicación 5 de abril de 1985; 16 de septiembre de 1985 Formato 7 , 12 Grabación 1984 1985 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Take — (engl. „nehmen, Aufnahme“) steht für: Take bzw. Einstellung (Film), eine ungeschnittene, zumeist kurze Filmaufnahme Take (Musik), die schrittweise Aufnahme von akustischen Signalen Take 2 Interactive, der Hersteller von Computer und Videospielen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Take 2 — Take Two Interactive Software Inc. Unternehmensform Aktiengesellschaft ISIN …   Deutsch Wikipedia


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