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
Synonym: occupy, use up
take somebody somewhere
We lead him to our chief|can you take me to the main entrance?|He conducted us to the palace
Synonym: lead, guide, direct, conduct
get into one's hands, take physically
Take a cookie!|Can you take this bag, please
Synonym: get hold of
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?
Synonym: read
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
Synonym: bring, convey
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
Synonym: accept, have
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
Synonym: fill, occupy
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
Take the case of China|Consider the following case
Synonym: consider, deal, look at
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
Synonym: film, shoot
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
Synonym: submit
make use of or accept for some purpose
take a risk|take an opportunity
Synonym: accept
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
Synonym: assume, strike, take up
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
Synonym: take on, admit, accept
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
Synonym: study, read, learn
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
Synonym: exact, claim
head into a specified direction
The escaped convict took to the hills|We made for the mountains
Synonym: make
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
Synonym: train, take aim, direct, aim
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
Synonym: carry, pack
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
Synonym: have
lay claim to; as of an idea
She took credit for the whole idea
Synonym: claim
be designed to hold or take
This surface will not take the dye
Synonym: accept
be capable of holding or containing
This box won't take all the items|The flask holds one gallon
Synonym: contain, hold
develop a habit
He took to visiting bars
proceed along in a vehicle
We drive the turnpike to work
Synonym: drive
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
Synonym: contract, get
Antonym: give