1 grip, seize, grasp, clasp, get, get or take hold of, grab, snatch, clutch, catch, capture, obtain, lay hold of, lay (one's) hands on, procure, acquire, gain (possession of), take possession of, secure, win, carry off, abduct, Colloq nab:
The police took him into custody. He takes what he can get. When it comes to ineptitude, Sue certainly takes the prize.
2 pick, select, choose, opt for, settle or decide or fasten on or upon:
When you get to the fork, take the road to the left.
3 appropriate, arrogate, extract, carry off or away, steal, purloin, pilfer, filch, palm, rob, shoplift, pocket, remove, walk off or away with, run or make off or away with; embezzle, misappropriate, peculate; plagiarize, pirate; Colloq lift, swipe, snitch, Chiefly Brit pinch, nick, Slang knock off, hook, rip off, liberate, US boost, crook:
They took what didn't belong to them.
4 reserve, book, engage; hire, rent, lease:
He took a room in a small hotel, where he began to write detective fiction.
5 acquire, get, adopt; assume, derive, obtain, draw, receive, inherit:
He has taken his bad manners from you. The film takes its title from the book.
6 accept, receive, bear, withstand, stand, endure, weather, tolerate, abide, brave, go through, undergo, suffer, submit to, swallow, Colloq put up with, brook, stomach, Brit stick:
She took the news about Leon's relapse quite well. I have taken quite enough from you already.
7 assume, bear, undertake, adopt, arrogate; acknowledge, accept:
Kevin took full responsibility for the mistake.
8 believe, think, judge, deem, hold, feel; take for, assess (as), consider (as), regard (as), view (as), accept (for):
I take people to be honest till proven otherwise. She took him for a fool when they first met.
9 carry, convey, bear, transport, bring, deliver, ferry; haul, cart:
Will this train take me to Aylesbury? They took the bicycle to Old Lyme in a van.
10 take up, study, be involved or occupied in or with, apply oneself to, learn; read, Colloq tackle:
I cannot believe that Doreen is taking home economics. He took a course in car maintenance.
11 prove or be effective or efficacious or operative or functional, take effect, take hold, operate, function, work, perform, Colloq do the trick:
If the transplant fails to take, the doctors will have to operate again.
12 exact, extract, get:
She took revenge by denying him certain privileges.
13 swallow, eat, consume, ingest, devour, gulp down, gobble up or down, wolf, bolt; drink, imbibe, quaff; inhale:
Rudolf takes pills of every conceivable colour. The doctor said I could take a wee nip now and then. Sonya stepped out to take a breath of fresh air.
14 subtract, deduct, remove, take away, take from, take off:
Take three from five. Five, take away two, leaves three. It's cheaper when you've taken off the discount.
15 end, terminate, annihilate, wipe out; kill:
The assault on Leningrad took tens of thousands of lives. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
16 require, demand, need, necessitate, call for:
Remember, it takes two to tango. It took him two years to complete the fresco. It takes six to sail his yawl.
17 hold, contain, accommodate, accept, fit in:
This storage bin cannot take anything else, it's completely full.
18 convey, lead, conduct; escort, convoy, guide, accompany:
This road takes you directly to the yacht club. He asked to be taken to the manager's office.
19 understand, gather, interpret, perceive, apprehend, deduce, conclude, infer, judge, deem, assume, suppose, imagine, see:
I take it from your expression that you've had bad news.
20 charm, captivate, capture, attract, lure, allure:
There was something about him that took her fancy.
21 use, employ, make use of, establish, put in(to) place, adopt, put into effect, effect, apply; resort to, have recourse to, turn to:
The police have taken measures to ensure that it doesn't happen again.
22 clear, get or go over or past or round or through:
Browning's Delight took the last jump easily. He must have taken that corner at 90!
23 experience, entertain, feel:
She seemed to take an instant dislike to me.
24 express, voice, raise, put forth:
I hope you will not take objection or exception to what I am about to tell you.
25 cause or make or induce or drive or persuade (someone) to go or be:
What takes you to M laga in August?
26 act, assume, play, perform:
I'm taking the part of the wicked witch in the local pantomime.
27 bilk, cheat, swindle, defraud, Colloq con, Brit fiddle:
When he examined his wallet he realized he'd been taken.
28 take aback. astound, astonish, surprise, startle, shock:
She was really taken aback at the news.
29 take after. a resemble, look like, be the spitting image or the spit and image of, favour, remind one of, Colloq be a chip off the old block:
He takes after his grandfather.
(b) Sometimes, take off after. chase, follow, run after, pursue:
When the man stole the newspaper and ran, the shopkeeper took after him at a gallop.
30 take back. retract, withdraw, recant, disavow, repudiate:
He now wants to take back what he said about you.
31 take down.
(a) note, make a note or memo or memorandum of, write down, record, put or set down, put in writing, document, transcribe, chronicle:
Please take down what I am about to tell you.
(b) debase, deflate, lower, diminish, belittle, depreciate, deprecate, humble, humiliate, shame, disparage, degrade, disgrace:
She certainly took that pompous ass down a peg or two.
32 take in.
(a) accommodate, receive, let in, quarter, board, lodge:
When her children grew up and left home, she decided to take in lodgers.
(b) deceive, fool, trick, impose upon, overcharge, cheat, mulct, defraud, cozen, bilk, dupe, gull, hoodwink, swindle, Colloq bamboozle, con, pull the wool over (someone's) eyes, Slang Brit do:
He was really taken in by that time-share deal.
(c) include, subsume, embrace, comprise, cover, encompass, contain:
Our sales figures take in all of North America, not just Canada.
33 take it.
(a) withstand or tolerate or survive punishment or abuse, survive:
The Marines are extremely tough and can take it.
(b) See 20, above.
34 take off. a remove, doff, strip or peel off, discard, divest (oneself) of:
Take off your hat in the house.
(b) satirize, lampoon, caricature, mock, parody, travesty, burlesque, mimic, imitate, Colloq spoof, Brit send up:
It is not always easy to take off members of the Cabinet.
(c) depart, leave, go (away), decamp; fly off, become airborne, lift off, blast off; Colloq skedaddle, make (oneself) scarce, Slang hit the road, scram, beat it, split:
You'd better take off before they find you here. The plane is due to take off at 18.35.
35 take on.
(a) hire, engage, employ, enrol, enlist, retain:
We are so busy that we have taken on ten new people.
(b) challenge, rival, face, contend against, oppose, match or pit (oneself) against, vie with, fight:
Are you in any condition to take on the champion?
(c) assume, accept, undertake, tackle:
You might be taking on more than you bargained for.
36 take out. entertain, escort, invite out; court, woo:
He took her out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
37 take over. assume or take or usurp or gain control or possession or command of:
A huge conglomerate is trying to take over our company.
38 take to.
(a) like, find pleasant or pleasing, feel affection or liking or affinity for, find suitable:
We took to each other the very first time we met. He took to computers as a duck takes to water.
(b) leave or depart or take off for, run for, head for, flee to, make for:
When the attack came, the villagers took to the hills.
39 take up.
(a) pick up, accept, agree to, acquiesce to, accede to:
She took up his offer, and they've been married for forty years.
(b) assume, resume, carry on, continue, go on with, follow on with, pick up:
After a pause, he took up the thread of the story once more.
(c) espouse, embrace, become interested or involved in, support, sponsor, advocate:
She took up the cause of women's rights at her age?
(d) occupy, cover, use (up), fill (up):
Bernard's exercise equipment now takes up half the living-room.
(e) deal with, treat, consider, bring up, raise:
Next week our panellists will take up the question, 'Who benefits from education?'
40 revenue, takings, yield, return, receipts, proceeds, gain, profit(s); gate, box office:
How much was the take from the first day?