Take Definition

Define what is Take?

1. proceeds, take, takings, yield, payoff, issue, return (noun)

the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property.

  • the average return was about 5%.

income noun
the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time.


economic rent, rent noun
the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions.

payback noun
financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment).

2. take (verb)

carry out.

  • take action.
  • take steps.
  • take vengeance.

act, move verb
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action).

3. take (noun)

the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption.


    cinematography, filming, motion-picture photography noun
    the act of making a film.


    retake noun
    a shot or scene that is photographed again.

    4. take, use up, occupy (verb)

    require (time or space).

    • It took three hours to get to work this morning.
    • This event occupied a very short time.
    Synonyms: use up, occupy

    expend, use verb
    use up, consume fully.


    Be verb
    spend or use time.

    5. lead, guide, take, conduct, direct (verb)

    take somebody somewhere.

    • We lead him to our chief.
    • can you take me to the main entrance?.
    • He conducted us to the palace.
    Synonyms: lead, guide, conduct, direct

    beacon verb
    guide with a beacon.

    hand verb
    guide or conduct or usher somewhere.

    misguide, mislead, lead astray, misdirect verb
    lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions.

    Usher, show verb
    take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums.

    6. get hold of, take (verb)

    get into one's hands, take physically.

    • Take a cookie!.
    • Can you take this bag, please.
    Synonyms: get hold of

    clutch, prehend, seize verb
    take hold of; grab.

    seize verb
    take or capture by force.

    7. take on, acquire, assume, adopt, take (verb)

    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.

    change verb
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


    re-assume verb
    take on again, as after a time lapse.

    8. read, take (verb)

    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!.
    Synonyms: read

    construe, interpret, see verb
    make sense of; assign a meaning to.


    misinterpret, misread verb
    interpret wrongly.

    9. bring, convey, take (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: bring, convey

    carry, transport verb
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body.


    fetch verb
    take away or remove.

    transit verb
    cause or enable to pass through.

    ferry verb
    transport from one place to another.

    bring back, take back, return verb
    bring back to the point of departure.

    tube verb
    convey in a tube.

    whisk verb
    move somewhere quickly.

    channel, transmit, carry, impart, conduct, convey verb
    transmit or serve as the medium for transmission.

    Land verb
    bring ashore.

    10. take (verb)

    take into one's possession.

    • We are taking an orphan from Romania.
    • I'll take three salmon steaks.
    Antonyms: give (verb)

    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody.


    adopt, take in verb
    take into one's family.

    take away verb
    take from a person or place.

    repossess, take back verb
    regain possession of something.

    collect, take in verb
    call for and obtain payment of.

    confiscate, impound, sequester, seize, attach verb
    take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority.

    sequester verb
    requisition forcibly, as of enemy property.

    pocket verb
    put in one's pocket.

    assume, take over, accept, bear verb
    take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person.

    snaffle, snap up, grab verb
    get hold of or seize quickly and easily.

    call back, withdraw, call in, recall verb
    cause to be returned.

    deprive, divest, strip verb
    take away possessions from someone.

    unburden verb
    free or relieve (someone) of a burden.

    11. take (verb)

    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.

    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize verb
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.

    12. choose, pick out, select, take (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: choose, pick out, select

    decide, make up one's mind, determine verb
    reach, make, or come to a decision about something.


    empanel, impanel, panel verb
    select from a list.

    anoint verb
    choose by or as if by divine intervention.

    field verb
    select (a team or individual player) for a game.

    sieve, sift verb
    distinguish and separate out.

    draw verb
    select or take in from a given group or region.

    dial verb
    choose by means of a dial.

    plump, go verb
    give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number.

    pick verb
    select carefully from a group.

    elect verb

    excerpt, extract, take out verb
    take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy.

    cull out, winnow verb
    select desirable parts from a group or list.

    cream off, skim off verb
    pick the best.

    pick over, sieve out verb
    separate or remove.

    set apart, assign, specify verb
    select something or someone for a specific purpose.

    single out verb
    select from a group.

    think of verb
    choose in one's mind.

    specify, fix, limit, Set, determine, define verb
    decide upon or fix definitely.

    adopt, espouse, follow verb
    choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans.

    screen out, sieve, sort, screen verb
    examine in order to test suitability.

    vote in verb
    elect in a voting process.

    elect verb
    select by a vote for an office or membership.

    nominate, propose verb
    put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position.

    vote verb
    express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote.

    13. accept, take, have (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: accept, have
    Antonyms: pass up, turn down, decline, refuse, reject (verb)

    refuse to accept.


    acquire, get verb
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.


    admit, take on, accept, take verb
    admit into a group or community.

    welcome verb
    accept gladly.

    honor, honour verb
    accept as pay.

    adopt, borrow, take up, take over verb
    take up and practice as one's own.

    14. fill, occupy, take (verb)

    assume, as of positions or roles.

    • She took the job as director of development.
    • he occupies the position of manager.
    • the young prince will soon occupy the throne.
    Synonyms: fill, occupy

    do work, work verb
    be employed.

    15. look at, deal, consider, take (verb)

    take into consideration for exemplifying purposes.

    • Take the case of China.
    • Consider the following case.
    Synonyms: look at, deal, consider

    think about verb
    have on one's mind, think about actively.


    contemplate verb
    consider as a possibility.

    trifle, dally, play verb
    consider not very seriously.

    abstract verb
    consider apart from a particular case or instance.

    warm to verb
    become excited about.

    16. necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take (verb)

    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 postulate a patient's consent.
    Antonyms: obviate, rid of, eliminate (verb)

    do away with.


    exact, claim, take verb
    take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs.

    govern verb
    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood.

    draw verb
    require a specified depth for floating.

    cost verb
    require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice.

    cry for, cry out for verb
    need badly or desperately.

    compel verb
    necessitate or exact.

    17. take (verb)

    experience or feel or submit to.

    • Take a test.
    • Take the plunge.

    experience, have, receive, get verb
    go through (mental or physical states or experiences).

    18. film, shoot, take (verb)

    make a film or photograph of something.

    • take a scene.
    • shoot a movie.
    Synonyms: film, shoot

    record, enter, put down verb
    make a record of; set down in permanent form.


    reshoot verb
    shoot again.

    19. remove, take away, withdraw, take (verb)

    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, 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.

    depilate, epilate verb
    remove body hair.

    harvest verb
    remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation.

    tip verb
    remove the tip from.

    stem verb
    remove the stem from.

    extirpate verb
    surgically remove (an organ).

    enucleate verb
    remove (a tumor or eye) from an enveloping sac or cover.

    exenterate verb
    remove the contents of (an organ).

    enucleate verb
    remove the nucleus from (a cell).

    decorticate verb
    remove the cortex of (an organ).

    bail verb
    remove (water) from a vessel with a container.

    undress, disinvest, divest, strip verb
    remove (someone's or one's own) clothes.

    ablate verb
    remove an organ or bodily structure.

    clean, pick verb
    remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits.

    clean verb
    remove shells or husks from.

    winnow verb
    blow away or off with a current of air.

    pick verb
    remove in small bits.

    clear up, clear verb
    free (the throat) by making a rasping sound.

    muck verb
    remove muck, clear away muck, as in a mine.

    lift verb
    remove from a surface.

    lift verb
    take off or away by decreasing.

    lift verb
    remove from a seedbed or from a nursery.

    tear away, tear off verb
    rip off violently and forcefully.

    take off verb
    take away or remove.

    take away, take out verb
    take out or remove.

    Stone, pit verb
    remove the pits from.

    seed verb
    remove the seeds from.

    unhinge verb
    remove the hinges from.

    shuck verb
    remove the shucks from.

    Hull verb
    remove the hulls from.

    crumb verb
    remove crumbs from.

    chip away, chip away at verb
    remove or withdraw gradually:.

    burl verb
    remove the burls from cloth.

    knock out verb
    destroy or break forcefully.

    scavenge, clean verb
    remove unwanted substances from.

    hypophysectomise, hypophysectomize verb
    remove the pituitary glands.

    Degas verb
    remove gas from.

    husk, shell verb
    remove the husks from.

    bur, Burr verb
    remove the burrs from.

    clear away, clear off verb
    remove from sight.

    flick verb
    remove with a flick (of the hand).

    dismantle, strip verb
    take off or remove.

    strip verb
    remove a constituent from a liquid.

    clear verb

    defang verb
    remove the fangs from.

    debone, bone verb
    remove the bones from.

    disembowel, eviscerate, draw verb
    remove the entrails of.

    shell verb
    remove from its shell or outer covering.

    shuck verb
    remove from the shell.

    detusk, tusk verb
    remove the tusks of animals.

    dehorn verb
    prevent the growth of horns of certain animals.

    scalp verb
    remove the scalp of.

    weed verb
    clear of weeds.

    condense verb
    remove water from.

    bale out, bail out verb
    remove (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side.

    leach, strip verb
    remove substances from by a percolating liquid.

    decalcify verb
    remove calcium or lime from.

    detoxicate, detoxify verb
    remove poison from.

    de-ionate verb
    remove ions from.

    de-iodinate verb
    remove iodine from.

    decarbonise, decarbonize, decarburise, decarburize, decoke verb
    remove carbon from (an engine).

    delouse verb
    free of lice.

    ream verb
    remove by making a hole or by boring.

    brush verb
    remove with or as if with a brush.

    wash off, wash away, wash out, wash verb
    remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent.

    desorb verb
    remove from a surface on which it is adsorbed.

    pull verb
    take away.

    demineralise, demineralize verb
    remove the minerals or salts from.

    eliminate verb
    remove (an unknown variable) from two or more equations.

    expectorate, clear out, drive out verb
    clear out the chest and lungs.

    carve out verb
    remove from a larger whole.

    defuse verb
    remove the triggering device from.

    dredge verb
    remove with a power shovel, usually from a bottom of a body of water.

    wear away, wear off verb
    diminish, as by friction.

    amputate, cut off verb
    remove surgically.

    eviscerate, resect verb
    surgically remove a part of a structure or an organ.

    cream off, skim off, cream, skim verb
    remove from the surface.

    strip verb
    remove the surface from.

    strip verb
    strip the cured leaves from.

    descale, scale verb
    remove the scales from.

    circumcise verb
    cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys.

    undock verb
    take (a ship) out of a dock.

    cut into, delve, dig, turn over verb
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth.

    hollow, excavate, dig verb
    remove the inner part or the core of.

    lift out, scoop, scoop up, scoop out, take up verb
    take out or up with or as if with a scoop.

    extract, pull out, pull up, draw out, take out, pull verb
    remove, usually with some force or effort; also used in an abstract sense.

    take out verb
    remove something from a container or an enclosed space.

    unstring verb
    remove the strings from.

    string verb
    remove the stringy parts of.

    wipe away, wipe off verb
    remove by wiping.

    bear away, bear off, carry away, take away, carry off verb
    remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state.

    unveil verb
    remove the cover from.

    unpack, take out verb
    remove from its packing.

    disburden, unburden verb
    take the burden off; remove the burden from.

    empty verb

    discharge verb
    remove the charge from.

    offsaddle, unsaddle verb
    remove the saddle from.

    cast off, shed, throw off, shake off, throw away, throw, cast, drop verb
    get rid of.

    dislodge, free verb
    remove or force out from a position.

    clean verb
    remove while making clean.

    aspirate, suck out, draw out verb
    remove as if by suction.

    delete, cancel verb
    remove or make invisible.

    lade, laden, ladle verb
    remove with or as if with a ladle.

    spoon verb
    scoop up or take up with a spoon.

    gut verb
    remove the guts of.

    head verb
    remove the head of.

    draw off, draw away, pull off verb
    remove by drawing or pulling.

    clean, strip verb
    remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely.

    draw, take out verb
    take liquid out of a container or well.

    pull out, draw, get out, pull, take out verb
    bring, take, or pull out of a container or from under a cover.

    leach verb
    cause (a liquid) to leach or percolate.

    draw verb
    cause to flow.

    draw off, take out, withdraw, draw verb
    remove (a commodity) from (a supply source).

    20. ingest, consume, have, take in, take (verb)

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly.

    • Have another bowl of chicken soup!.
    • I don't take sugar in my coffee.
    Synonyms: ingest, consume, have, take in
    Antonyms: desist, abstain, refrain (verb)

    choose not to consume.


    hit verb
    consume to excess.

    cannibalise, cannibalize verb
    eat human flesh.

    habituate, use verb
    take or consume (regularly or habitually).

    eat verb
    eat a meal; take a meal.

    eat verb
    take in solid food.

    drink, imbibe verb
    take in liquids.

    booze, drink, fuddle verb
    consume alcohol.

    partake, touch verb

    eat, feed verb
    take in food; used of animals only.

    replete, sate, satiate, fill verb
    fill to satisfaction.

    sample, taste, try, try out verb
    take a sample of.

    suck in, sop up, take up, take in verb
    take up as if with a sponge.

    smoke verb
    inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes.

    do drugs, drug verb
    use recreational drugs.

    swallow, get down verb
    pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking.

    sup verb
    take solid or liquid food into the mouth a little at a time either by drinking or by eating with a spoon.

    21. submit, take (verb)

    accept or undergo, often unwillingly.

    • We took a pay cut.
    Synonyms: submit

    undergo verb
    pass through.


    test verb
    undergo a test.

    22. accept, take (verb)

    make use of or accept for some purpose.

    • take a risk.
    • take an opportunity.
    Synonyms: accept

    co-opt verb
    take or assume for one's own use.

    23. take (verb)

    take by force.

    • Hitler took the Baltic Republics.
    • The army took the fort on the hill.

    rescue verb
    take forcibly from legal custody.

    scale verb
    take by attacking with scaling ladders.

    extort verb
    obtain through intimidation.

    take over, usurp, arrogate, seize, assume verb
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession.

    retake, recapture verb
    take back by force, as after a battle.

    relieve verb
    take by stealing.

    steal verb
    take without the owner's consent.

    despoil, foray, pillage, ransack, reave, rifle, loot, plunder, strip verb
    steal goods; take as spoils.

    sack, plunder verb
    plunder (a town) after capture.

    24. assume, take up, strike, take (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: assume, take up, strike

    move verb
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion.

    25. admit, take on, accept, take (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: admit, take on, accept

    accept, take, have verb
    receive willingly something given or offered.


    profess verb
    receive into a religious order or congregation.

    26. take (verb)

    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.

    incur, obtain, receive, get, find verb
    receive a specified treatment (abstract).

    27. learn, study, read, take (verb)

    be a student of a certain subject.

    • She is reading for the bar exam.
    Synonyms: learn, study, read

    audit verb
    attend academic courses without getting credit.

    train, prepare verb
    undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession.

    practice, drill, practise, exercise verb
    learn by repetition.

    28. exact, claim, take (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: exact, claim

    necessitate, need, require, call for, demand, postulate, involve, ask, take verb
    require as useful, just, or proper.

    29. take, make (verb)

    head into a specified direction.

    • The escaped convict took to the hills.
    • We made for the mountains.
    Synonyms: make

    head verb
    to go or travel towards.

    30. aim, take aim, train, direct, take (verb)

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.

    • 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.
    Synonyms: aim, take aim, train, direct

    position verb
    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation.


    target, direct, aim, place, point verb
    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal.

    draw a bead on verb
    aim with a gun.

    hold verb
    aim, point, or direct.

    turn verb
    direct at someone.

    swing verb
    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement.

    point, level, charge verb
    direct into a position for use.

    level verb
    aim at.

    sight verb
    take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device).

    31. take (verb)

    be seized or affected in a specified way.

    • take sick.
    • be taken drunk.

    become, get, go verb
    enter or assume a certain state or condition.

    32. carry, pack, take (verb)

    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.
    Synonyms: carry, pack

    feature, have verb
    have as a feature.

    33. charter, hire, rent, lease, engage, take (verb)

    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?.
    Synonyms: charter, hire, rent, lease, engage

    acquire, get verb
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract.

    34. subscribe to, subscribe, take (verb)

    receive or obtain regularly.

    • We take the Times every day.

    buy, purchase verb
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction.

    35. take (verb)

    buy, select.

    • I'll take a pound of that sausage.

    buy, purchase verb
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction.

    36. take (verb)

    to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort.

    • take shelter from the storm.

    37. have, take (verb)

    have sex with; archaic use.

    • He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable.
    Synonyms: have

    38. claim, take (verb)

    lay claim to; as of an idea.

    • She took credit for the whole idea.
    Synonyms: claim
    Antonyms: disclaim (verb)

    renounce a legal claim or title to.


    avow, swan, affirm, assert, aver, swear, verify verb
    to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true.

    39. accept, take (verb)

    be designed to hold or take.

    • This surface will not take the dye.
    Synonyms: accept

    Be verb
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

    40. contain, hold, take (verb)

    be capable of holding or containing.

    • This box won't take all the items.
    • The flask holds one gallon.
    Synonyms: contain, hold

    Be verb
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).

    41. take (verb)

    develop a habit.

    • He took to visiting bars.

    42. drive, take (verb)

    proceed along in a vehicle.

    • We drive the turnpike to work.
    Synonyms: drive

    Cross, cut across, cut through, get over, traverse, get across, pass over, track, cover verb
    travel across or pass over.

    43. take (verb)

    obtain by winning.

    • Winner takes all.
    • He took first prize.

    win verb
    be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious.

    44. contract, get, take (verb)

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness.

    • He got AIDS.
    • She came down with pneumonia.
    • She took a chill.
    Synonyms: contract, get

    sicken, come down verb
    get sick.


    catch verb

    Nearby Terms

    take a bow (verb)
    acknowledge praise or accept credit

    take a breath (verb)
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

    take a breather (verb)
    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

    take a chance (verb)
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    take a crap (verb)
    have a bowel movement

    take a dare (verb)
    be dared to do something and not attempt it

    take a dive (verb)
    pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer

    take a firm stand (verb)
    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

    take a hit (verb)
    inhale through the nose

    take a hop (verb)
    spring back; spring away from an impact

    take a joke (verb)
    listen to a joke at one's own expense

    take a leak (verb)
    eliminate urine

    take a look (verb)
    look at with attention

    take a powder (verb)
    disappear without notifying anyone (idiom)

    take a shit (verb)
    have a bowel movement