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TAKE, pret. took pp. taken. L. doceo. This word seems to be allied to think, for we say, I think a thing to be so, or I take

it to be so. It seems also to be allied to Sax.teogan, to draw, to tug, L. duco for we say, to take a likeness, and to draw a likeness. We use taking also for engaging, attracting. We say, a child takes to his mother or nurse, and a man takes to drink which seem to include attaching and holding. We observe that take and teach are radically the same word.

1. In a general sense, to get hold or gain possession of a thing in almost any manner, either by receiving it when offered, or by using exertion to obtain it. Take differs from seize, as it does not always imply haste, force or violence. It more generally denotes to gain or receive into possession in a peaceable manner, either passively or by active exertions. Thus,
2. To receive what is offered.

Then I took the cup at the Lord's hand. Jeremiah 25

3. To lay hold of to get into one's power for keeping.

No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge. Deuteronomy 24

4. To receive with a certain affection of mind. He takes it in good part or he takes it very
5. To catch by surprise or artifice to circumvent.

Men in their loose unguarded hours they take,

Not that themselves are wise, but others weak.

6. To seize to make prisoner. The troops entered, slew and took three hundred janizaries.

This man was taken of the Jews. Acts 23

7. To captivate with pleasure to engage the affections to delight.

Neither let her take thee with her eyelids. Proverbs 6

Cleombrotus was to taken with this prospect, that he had no patience.

8. To get into one's power by engines or nets to entrap to ensnare as, to take foxes with traps to take fishes with nets, or with hook and line.
9. To understand in a particular sense to receive as meaning. I take your meaning.

You take me right.

Charity, taken in its largest extent, is nothing else but the sincere love to God and our neighbor.

10. To exact and receive.

Take no usury of him or increase. Leviticus 25

11. To employ to occupy. The prudent man always takes time for deliberation, before he passes judgment.
12. To agree to to close in with to comply with.

I take thee at thy word.

13. To form and adopt as, to take a resolution.
14. To catch to embrace to seize as, to take one by the hand to take in the arms.
15. To admit to receive as an impression to suffer as, to take a form or shape.

Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command

Now take the mold--

16. To obtain by active exertion as, to take revenge or satisfaction for an injury.
17. To receive to receive into the mind.

They took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4

It appeared in his face that he took great contentment in this our question.

18. To swallow, as meat or drink as, to take food to take a glass of wine.
19. To swallow, as medicine as, to take pills to take stimulants.
20. To choose to elect. Take which you please. But the sense of choosing, in this phrase, is derived from the connection of take with please. So we say, take your choice.
21. To copy.

Beauty alone could beauty take so right.

22. To fasten on to seize. The frost has taken the corn the worms have taken the vines.

Wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him, and he foameth-- Mark 9 .

23. To accept not to refuse. He offered me a fee, but I would not take it.

Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer. Numbers 35

24. To adopt.

I will take you to me for a people. Exodus 6

25. To admit.

Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore. 1 Timothy 5 .

26. To receive, as any temper or disposition of mind as, to take shame to one's self to take delight to take pride or pleasure.
27. To endure to bear without resentment or to submit to without attempting to obtain satisfaction. He will take an affront from no man. Cannot you take a jest?
28. To draw to deduce.

The firm belief of a future judgment is the most forcible motive to a good life, because taken from this consideration of the most lasting happiness and misery.

29. To assume as, I take the liberty to say.
30. To allow to admit to receive as true, or not disputed as, to take a thing for granted.
31. To suppose to receive in thought to entertain in opinion to understand. This I take to be the man's motive.

He took that for virtue and affection which was nothing but vice in disguise.

You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl.

32. To seize to invade as, to be taken with a fever.
33. To have recourse to as, the sparrow takes a bush the cat takes a tree. In this sense, we usually say, the bird takes to a bush, the squirrel takes to a tree.
34. To receive into the mind.

Those do best, who take material hints to be judged by history.

35. To hire to rent to obtain possession on lease as, to take a house or farm for a year.
36. To admit in copulation.
37. To draw to copy to paint a likeness as a likeness taken by Reynolds.
38. To conquer and cause to surrender to gain possession of by force or capitulation as, to take an army, a city or a ship.
39. To be discovered or detected. He was taken in the very act.
40. To require or be necessary. It takes so much cloth to make a coat.

To take away, to deprive of to bereave as a bill for taking away the votes of bishops.

By your own law I take your life away.

1. To remove as, to take away the consciousness of pleasure.

To take care, to be careful to be solicitous for.

Doth God take care for oxen? 1 Corinthians 9

1. To be cautious or vigilant.

To take care of, to superintend or oversee to have the charge of keeping or securing.

To take a course, to resort to to have recourse to measures.

The violence of storming is the course which God is forced to take for the destroying of sinners.

To take one's own course, to act one's pleasure to pursue the measures of one's own choice.

To take down, to reduce to bring lower to depress as, to take down pride, or the proud.

1. To swallow as, to take down a potion.
2. To pull down to pull to pieces as, to take down a house or a scaffold.
3. To write as, to take down a man's words at the time he utters them.

To take from, to deprive of.

I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee. 1 Samuel 17

1. To deduct to subtract as, to take one number from another.
2. To detract to derogate.

To take heed, to be careful or cautious.

Take heed what doom against yourself you give.

To take heed to, to attend to with care. Take heed to thy ways.

To take hold, to seize to fix on.take in, to inclose to fence.

1. To encompass or embrace to comprise to comprehend.
2. To draw into a smaller compass to contract to brail or furl as, to take in sail.
3. To cheat to circumvent to gull. Not elegant.
4. To admit to receive as, a vessel will take in more water. The landlord said he could take in no more lodgers.
5. To win by conquest. Not in use.
6. To receive into the mind or understanding.

Some bright genius can take in a long train of propositions.

To take in hand, to undertake to attempt to execute any thing. Luke 1 .

To take notice, to observe or to observe with particular attention.

1. To show by some act that observation is made to make remark upon. He heard what was said, but took no notice of it.

To take oath, to swear with solemnity, or in a judicial manner.

To take off, to remove, in various ways to remove from the top of any thing as, to take off a load to take off one's hat, &c.

1. To cut off as, to take off the head or a limb.
2. To destroy as, to take off life.
3. To remove to invalidate as, to take off the force of an argument.
4. To withdraw to call or draw away.

Keep foreign ideas from taking off the mind from its present pursuit.

5. To swallow as, to take off a glass of wine.
6. To purchase to take from in trade.

The Spaniards having no commodities that we will take off--

7. To copy.

Take off all their models in wood.

8. To imitate to mimic.
9. To find place for as more scholars than preferments can take off.

To take off from, to lessen to remove in part. This takes off from the deformity of vice.

To take order with, to check. Not much used.

To take out, to remove from within a place to separate to deduct.

1. To draw out to remove to clear or cleanse from as, to take out a stain or spot from cloth to take out an unpleasant taste from wine.

To take part, to share. Take part in our rejoicing.

To take part with, to unite with to join with.

To take place, to happen to come, or come to pass.

1. To have effect to prevail.

Where arms take place, all other pleas are vain.

To have effect to prevail.

Where arms take place, all other pleas are vain.

To take effect, to have the intended effect to be efficacious.

To take root, to live and grow as a plant.

1. To be established as principles.

To take up, to lift to raise.

1. To buy or borrow as, to take up goods to a large amount to take up money at the bank.
2. To begin as, to take up a lamentation. Ezekiel 19 .
3. In surgery, to fasten with a ligature.
4. To engross to employ to engage the attention as, to take up the time.
5. To have final recourse to.

Arnobius asserts that men of the finest parts took up their rest in the christian religion.

6. To seize to catch to arrest as, to take up a thief to take up vagabonds.
7. To admit.

The ancients took up experiments upon credit.

8. To answer by reproof to reprimand.

One of his relations took him up roundly.

9. To begin where another left off.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up the wondrous tale.

10. To occupy to fill as, to take up a great deal of room.
11. To assume to carry on or manage for another as, to take up the quarrels of our neighbors.
12. To comprise to include.

The noble poem of Palemon and Arcite--takes up seven years.

13. To adopt to assume as, to take up current opinions.

They take up our old trade of conquering.

14. To collect to exact a tax.
15. To pay and receive as, to take up a note at the bank.

To take up arms,

To take arms, To begin war to begin resistance by force.

To take upon, to assume to undertake. He takes upon himself to assert that the fact is capable of proof.

1. To appropriate to to admit to be imputed to as, to take upon one's self a punishment.

take side, to join one of two differing parties to take an interest in one party.

To take to heart, to be sensibly affected by to feel any thing sensibly.

To take advantage of, to catch by surprise or to make use of a favorable state of things to the prejudice of another.

To take the advantage of, to use any advantage offered.

To take air, to be divulged or made public to be disclosed as a secret.

To take the air, to expose one's self to the open air.

To take a course, to begin a certain direction or way of proceeding.

To take leave, to bid adieu or farewell.

To take breath, to rest to be recruited or refreshed.

To take aim, to direct the eye or a weapon to a particular object.

To take along, to carry, lead or convey.

To take a way, to begin a particular course or direction.

TAKE, To move or direct the course to resort to, or to attach one's self to betake one's self. The fox being hard pressed took to the hedge. My friend has left his music and taken to books.

The defluxion taking to his breast, wasted his lungs.

1. To please to gain reception. The play will not take, unless it is set off with proper scenes.

Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake,

And hint he writ it, if the thing should take.

2. To have the intended or natural effect.

In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh.

3. To catch to fix, or be fixed. He was inoculated, but the infection did not take.

When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.

To take after, to learn to follow to copy to imitate as, he takes after a good pattern.

1. To resemble as, the son takes after his father.

To take in with, to resort to.

To take for, to mistake to suppose or think one thing to be another.

The lord of the land took us for spies. Genesis 42

take on, to be violently affected as, the child takes on at a great rate.

1. To claim, as a character.

I take not on me here as a physician.

To take to, to apply to to be fond of to become attached to as, to take to books to take to evil practices.

1. To resort to to betake to.

Men of learning who take to business, discharge it generally with greater honesty than men of the world.

To take up, to stop.

Sinners at last take up and settle in a contempt of all religion. Not in use.

1. To reform. Not in use.

To take up with, to be contented to receive to receive without opposition as, to take up with plain fare.

In affairs which may have an extensive influence on our future happiness, we should not take up with probabilities.

1. To lodge to dwell. Not in use.

To take with, to please. The proposal takes well with him.

Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Take'. King James Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​kjd/​t/take.html.
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