1A person who takes someone or something in, in various senses.
2Specifically. A person who carries out or is involved in an act of deception; a trickster, a swindler.
rare A broker who takes in stocks or shares. Compare "taker".
4In a carding machine: a cylinder which receives the cotton, wool, etc., from the feed rollers and passes it on to the main cylinder.
Mid 17th century. From taker + in, after to take in.