Meaning of take in in English:

take in

Translate take in into Spanish

phrasal verb

  • 1take something in, take in somethingInclude or encompass something.

    ‘the sweep of his arm took in most of Main Street’
    • ‘The cove was named after Alfred Waylen, the original grantee of Swan Location 74 which took in most of the present day localities of Myaree and Alfred Cove.’
    • ‘The book attempts to take in a too broad canvas and not everyone is au fait with pastiche operetta.’
    include, encompass, embrace, contain, comprise, cover, incorporate, embody, comprehend, subsume, envelop
    1. 1.1Fully understand or absorb something heard or seen.
      ‘she took in the scene at a glance’
      • ‘Kate's dad Ron phoned me up to tell me and when I heard I couldn't take it in.’
      • ‘He carried this piece of paper to the glass door of the classroom, and then instructed me to stand facing the door, holding the piece of paper to the door with my forehead, so I could stare at the two words and take them in fully.’
      • ‘Melissa gestured toward Braden, Megan just nodded, not quite fully taking it in, but more like stuck in that moment of time.’
      • ‘Of course, I will need to re-read the transcript later to take it in fully.’
      • ‘But I was too loaded to ever take the time to actually take it in and understand it.’
      • ‘That was something I didn't want to do, but knew I had to in order to fully take it in.’
      • ‘We are allowed to look at a scene and take things in.’
      • ‘Shivering with fear and cold, I tried to take the whole scene in.’
      • ‘I stood on the cliff tonight and took it in, arms out in the standard Zorba-the-Czech posture I assume in these moods of surpassing joy.’
      • ‘I threw my arms around him and took his presence in.’
      comprehend, understand, grasp, follow, absorb, soak in, assimilate, make out
  • 2take someone in, take in someoneCheat, fool, or deceive someone.

    ‘she tried to pass this off as an amusing story, but nobody was taken in’
    • ‘The next moment they think they can take me in by tricks that a baby would see through - bless them!’
    • ‘We chuckled at how Bill Buckley had been taken in by a hoax involving postal taxes on internet mail.’
    • ‘In every situation, we demonstrate the clairvoyance of the dupe who swears that he will not be taken in again.’
    • ‘As things had turned out, however, he had not been taken in by the con trick and he had not suffered a little, redeemable financial damage and a whole lot of less easily repaired damage to his pride.’
    • ‘So you were taken in just like all the other fools by her beauty?’
    • ‘But she was not taken in by his charade and finally tricked him and galloped off with his mount and money alike.’
    • ‘We have to admit, we were taken in at first when we received an email charting the conversation between one Bradley Chait and one Claire Swire.’
    • ‘In fact we actually had really interesting discussions about it once we all admitted that maybe we were taken in in some parts and we enjoyed the joke.’
    • ‘In May 2002, Roy Greenslade, the editor of the Mirror during its witch-hunt against Scargill, admitted he had been taken in by lies.’
    • ‘I must admit I was taken in absolutely by Michael Volle (Beckmesser).’
    deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, trick, dupe, fool, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, gull, humbug, bluff, hoax, bamboozle
  • 3take someone in, take in someoneAllow someone to stay in a place, especially because they are homeless or in difficulties.

    ‘the convent took in single Catholic ladies fallen on hard times’
    • ‘Terry Evans took Barrett in when he was homeless and offered him a place to stay.’
    • ‘Seraph brought her to the convent, which took her in.’
    • ‘But people were really kind to us, they took us in and fed us and stuff, so it was pretty impossible to stay mad on the whole tour, and I was trying really hard.’
    • ‘Remarkably this German woman, Frau Fuchs, and her husband, an ambulance driver, not only took them in but harboured them until the Russians entered Dresden.’
    • ‘I took you in, fed you, cleaned you, raised you (even if like a servant), and cared for you.’
    • ‘They took us in, fed us, clothed us, and taught us basic survival skills.’
    • ‘She is destitute, begs and is near death almost for three days, until she comes upon a house, whose members take her in and care for her.’
    • ‘The first year they took someone in, he expected free accommodation for the rest of the summer.’
    • ‘Uncle was the one who took them in, fed them and taught them how to live on their own.’
    • ‘I took them in and have given them a warm house to sleep in, lots to eat and long walks across the tundra.’
    accommodate, board, house, feed, put up, take care of, admit, let in, receive, welcome, take, billet, harbour
  • 4take something in, take in somethingVisit or attend a place or event in a casual way or on the way to another.

    ‘he'd maybe take in a movie, or just relax’
    • ‘We even took in a movie, in French with Spanish subtitles!’
    • ‘He was in town with his wife, and they took in a minor league ball game earlier in the day.’
  • 5take something in, take in somethingMake a garment tighter by altering its seams.

    ‘she took in the dress to fit me’
    • ‘I took it in to be altered before I went to New Jersey in August because it needed to be taken in all over and the skirt needed to be lifted up.’
    • ‘When taking garments in, try on the garment and pin at the spot where the most fabric needs to be removed.’
    1. 5.1Sailing Furl a sail.
      ‘we took in the sail and stood off to the westward’
      • ‘As they drew near, they began to take in sail after sail, until they were reduced to the same condition.’
  • 6take something in, take in somethingUndertake work at home.

    • ‘Take laundry in to do for others that don't want to be bothered doing this.’