Definition of take:
the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"
the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
carry out; "take action"; "take steps"; "take vengeance"
require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
get into one's hands, take physically; "Take a cookie!"; "Can you take this bag, please"
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"
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!"
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"
take into one's possession; "We are taking an orphan from Romania"; "I'll take three salmon steaks"
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"
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"
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"
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"
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case"
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"
experience or feel or submit to; "Take a test"; "Take the plunge"
make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"
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"
serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
accept or undergo, often unwillingly; "We took a pay cut"
make use of or accept for some purpose; "take a risk"; "take an opportunity"
take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
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"
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"
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"
be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the bar exam"
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"
head into a specified direction; "The escaped convict took to the hills"; "We made for the mountains"
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"
be seized or affected in a specified way; "take sick"; "be taken drunk"
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"
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?"
receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day"
buy, select; "I'll take a pound of that sausage"
to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; "take shelter from the storm"
have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
lay claim to; as of an idea; "She took credit for the whole idea"
be designed to hold or take; "This surface will not take the dye"
be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
develop a habit; "He took to visiting bars"
proceed along in a vehicle; "We drive the turnpike to work"
obtain by winning; "Winner takes all"; "He took first prize"
be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill"