Translation of take in Spanish:


llevar, v.

Pronunciation /teɪk/

See Spanish definition of llevar

transitive verb took, taken

  • 1

    • 1.1(to carry)

      take this file to Personnel lleve este expediente a Personal
      • she took him the book le llevó el libro
      • shall I take the chairs inside/upstairs? ¿llevo las sillas adentro/arriba?
      • shall we take our chairs into the garden? ¿sacamos las sillas al jardín?
      • who's going to take the garbage out? ¿quién va a sacar la basura?
      • he took the case to the Court of Appeal llevó el caso al Tribunal de Apelación
      • which takes us to 2005 con lo cual estaremos ya en 2005
      • his ambition will take him far su ambición lo hará llegar lejos
      • Donations of items to sell can be taken along, or if they are too large call in to arrange collection.
      • An ambulance was called and Mr Greally was taken to York Hospital and later transferred to Leeds.
      • They should be taken into the house about the beginning of November and wintered on hay and a few turnips at each end of the day.
      • She went there on the day she took her Housing Benefit form and she asked for a change in circumstances form.
      • Once the phone is charged, it can be taken anywhere inside the house as with a cordless phone.
      • The next morning, the yacht had already been taken to the repair yard.
      • The injured were taken to City Road Hospital, lately home to the great Dalrymple.
      • His remains will be taken home for burial in Kilconduff Cemetery after Requiem Mass.
      • However, King Scallops collected from the area must still be taken to an approved plant for processing.
      • It was now early evening and I decided that the next lift I accepted would have to take me quite a distance.
      • The woman was taken to hospital and received treatment for a minor head injury.
      • Her job took her to New Delhi, London and finally to Chennai, where she had always wanted to be.
      • After spending time living in Harrow, her job took her to Tokyo where she met her husband Shigetoshi.
      • Ed's job often takes him to Manchester and London and he has noticed how fashion works in the city and has been shopping for a more modern look in Kendal.
      • His job routinely takes him to Minnesota, London, Munich, the Netherlands and New York.
      • Any items for the sale can be taken to the club or the Wiltshire Times offices in Duke Street.
      • No matter where his mission takes him, he'll never be beyond the reach of God's protection.
      • He took the ball forward only to fall but McKinnon was well - placed to flick it past keeper Nicky Walker.
      • Walsh took the ball forward and off loaded to Coulter who had made a blistering run before firing over.
      • She was taken to a police car and then up to Bradford Royal Infirmary.

    • 1.2(to drive, to transport)

      I'll take you in the car te llevo en el coche
      • we took him home/to the station lo llevamos a (su) casa/la estación
      • this bus takes you into the center/past the hospital este autobús te lleva al centro/pasa por el hospital
      • I must take the car in (to the garage) tengo que llevar el coche al taller
      • They took my 1996 route to the pub, I beat them with my new one, and we had a nice drink in the sunshine.
      • They take the shortest possible route but do not know the height of their vehicle.
      • Schoolchildren were instead taking a longer route via Leigh Road and Chestnut Avenue.
      • We took a First ScotRail train, which has a picturesque route, from Edinburgh to Dunkeld.
      • So we're taking a rather circuitous route to Waterloo so I can pick them up.
      • If you only want to get there, you take the quickest route and worry about nothing else.
      • If not we can expect even more commercial vehicles taking the shortest route through.
      • It had taken them just about two days to get there taking the most direct route possible.
      • Unlike the meandering trip into the desert, the return journey takes the most direct route home.
      • Now the route Les took from the dock to a waiting prison van will be part of a tour on an open day at the courthouse in Bexley Square.
      • Each and every minute detail was worked out as to which car would enter first and which escape routes we should be taking.
      • On the way home, he argued with the taxi driver about the route he was taking and the price of the fare.
      • Without a doubt, this was the most luxurious form of transport I have ever taken.
      • The youth had been out for the evening in Kingston with friends and had taken the N285 night bus home.
      • Mr Langdale asked why he was unable to say exactly which route he had taken.
      • Knowing what the trains are like I deliberately took an earlier train, only to have it run perfectly on time.
      • We've now worked out the route they took - one went over his fence, and let the other in by the gate.
      • The route he took was popular with tourists but regarded by locals as treacherous.
      • We decided on a walk, and thought why not do a real walk, and decided on the route we are taking.
      • She wanted to approach Genevieve's by the route she had always taken in the past.

  • 2

    • 2.1(to escort)

      he took them upstairs los llevó arriba
      • she took us into her office nos hizo pasar a su oficina
      • I took him out of the room lo saqué de la habitación
      • I'm taking them to the movies los voy a llevar al cine
      • I'll take you up/down to the third floor subo/bajo contigo al tercer piso
      • to take the dog (out) for a walk sacar el perro a pasear
      • he took us for a drive/for a meal nos llevó a dar una vuelta en coche/a comer
      • His guide took him to visit a forest tribe said to have stopped eating human flesh only five years previously.
      • Later the guide takes us to a souvenir shop run by a friend of his.
      • Our guides then took us to a creek that was said to be one of the hardest in Norway.
      • Reyna Johnson, nice girl extraordinaire, had accepted his offer to take her to homecoming.
      • Police were sent to the house and Berry was taken to her grandma's by officers.
      • We believe Sims was waiting for her near the house and took her away to a green area at the back of the house.
      • Mom was at my sister's house and had to be taken home to prepare a room for Marie.
      • We exited the lift and were taken through a pitch dark passage into a room full of cages where a strange lady talked to us.
      • His mother was a devoted Buddhist and she took Teiji, when he was a young child, with her when she went to the temple.
      • Some parents will get in touch with the service to let them know where their children are to be taken that night.
      • Each week we will pull out the name of a winner who will receive a voucher to take their friends or family for a meal at Chicago Rock.
      • If anyone rich reads this, can they please bung me some money so I can take her away for a short holiday?
      • He also takes Bury Gateway Club members away on adventure weekends every year.
      • Once you know what is expected, go shopping but take somebody you trust with you.
      • This morning I went to take Penelope shopping but she was not at all up for it.
      • One of her chores was taking the family's horses out to pasture, within view of the house.
      • My task was to take him for a spin and let him cast his expert eye over my driving skills… or lack of them.
      • I had taken Katie out to dinner and we had a really nice time.
      • Upon arriving home from work on Friday, I discovered that my wife had taken Zachery out for dinner and shopping, giving me a quiet house and no dinner company.
      • We took Lucy along because Dad loves to see her and tries in vain to get her to play fetch the ball.

    • 2.2(to bring along)

      take an umbrella lleva un paraguas
      • I'll take them some flowers les voy a llevar unas flores
      • are you taking a friend? ¿vas con algún amigo?
      • take me with you! ¡llévame!
      • she often takes work home (with her) se suele llevar trabajo a casa
      • you can't take it with you no te lo puedes llevar a la tumba

  • 3

    • 3.1(to grasp, to seize)

      agarrar mainly Latin America
      coger mainly Spain
      he took her by the hand la tomó de la mano
      • he took her in his arms la abrazó
      • he took the opportunity aprovechó la oportunidad
      • he took control of the situation se hizo dueño de la situación
      • he took the knife from her le quitó el cuchillo
      • Lacey reached forward and took it, her eyes briefly skimming over the first few pages.
      • As she reached over to take my tray, she frowned then squinted at a glinting object in the seat in front of me.
      • My mother was reaching out and nervously taking Zachary's hand after my father had released grip of it.
      • Devon's blue eyes softened almost immediately and he leaned forward to take my hand from my lap.
      • She reached out and took my hand.
      • She reached over and took Skyler's hand then raised his chin to look him straight in the eye.
      • He reached out to take her hand, but halted, his attention turning elsewhere.
      • Claire reached out to take her arm, shifting carefully on her makeshift lounger.
      • When she looked up at him he placed a fresh smile upon his lips and reached out to take her hand.
      • He reaches over, takes my hand, and I just squeeze my eyes tight and try not to hold on too hard.
      • The giant reached down and took his son by the hand, leading him off to a nearby creek.
      • She reached over, took the black brush and started to brush her long, silky hair.
      • He stood up, reaching out and taking her hand so that they walked together from the courtyard.
      • Ariane smiled taking the reins, reaching over she planted a kiss on the old man's cheek.
      • She reached out and took his wrist, holding it in place as she wrote her phone number on the back of his hand.
      • Ben reached across and took her hand and placed it upon the gear and maneuvered it to change it to reverse.
      • He held out his hand to her and she gnawed on her lip as she reached out and took the extended limb.
      • I reached my good arm up to Alexei and he took my hand, clutching it reassuringly.
      • Slowly the girl reached out and took the bowl and started to drink from the rim.
      • Mack agreed, taking the ticket and placing it in his upper coat pocket so that the edges peeked out.

    • 3.2(to take charge of)

      may I take your coat? ¿me permite el abrigo?
      • would you mind taking the baby for a moment? ¿me tienes al niño un momento?
      • I'm taking the children for two weeks me voy a quedar dos semanas con los niños

    • 3.3(to occupy)

      this chair/table is taken esta silla/mesa está ocupada

  • 4

    (to remove, to steal)
    somebody's taken my purse! ¡alguien se me ha llevado el monedero!
    • has anything been taken? ¿se han llevado algo?
    • it's like taking bread from their mouths es como quitarles la comida de la boca
    • he was taken from us when he was still a child se lo llevó el Señor cuando era todavía un niño
    • Stagecoach staff managed to stop him driving off and the police came to take him away in a van.
    • Travis reached up and took the flower from my mouth and dropped it on the floor carelessly.
    • He reaches out and takes the pins from her hair, so it loosens in sections, unfolding around her.
    • He reached out and took the bag from her, turning it so the pills dropped in his hand.
    • I reached over and took a bottle of milk from its bag and gently put it in its mouth.
    • The animals will be taken from a national park in Gujarat and released in the forests of Etawah.
    • Don Broder took it from his brother in 1973 and kept it mounted it on the wall of his family room.
    • What would happen if everyone took his or her money out of the bank at the same time?
    • It's like the Daily Star with all the news and sport taken out, only rather less highbrow.
    • The substance freshly taken from the honeycomb has a distinctive taste, scent, texture, and so on.
    • Much of the excellent seafood taken from coastal waters is salted and dried and sent inland.
    • Fluid taken from Mr Wilson's lung contained traces of blood, sometimes evidence of cancer.
    • They then inserted an extra bovine protein gene taken from a cow cell into the embryos.
    • The debris taken from the pool is visible to all on the northern bank of the pool.
    • I am a big fainter when it comes to getting blood taken from me, so this was just ick ick ick.
    • This is not just water but water taken from the algae-green trough in the field.
    • Silver took out a key and locked the door, ensuring that the boy couldn't escape.
    • Blood taken from a donor will tend to coagulate rapidly unless it is mixed with an anticoagulant.
    • Her husband Stephen had died four years earlier and she fought a long legal battle to use sperm taken from him before he died.
    • Kellye's son, Bryce, was 17; she'd taken him out of high school the previous year to homeschool him after catching him smoking pot.
    • There always has to be somebody in the tent to prevent thieves from taking the paltry property they have left.
    • Alarms can deter thieves from not only stealing your van, but also taking items from within it.
    • Jack is a thief, he takes one card from the top of your opponent's deck and adds it to your hand.
    • She looked around for the horses, but the highwaymen had obviously taken them.
    • The third unvirtuous action of the body is stealing, which means taking something that does not belong to us.
    • Of all things in the house he could have stolen, he'd taken nothing more than a picture of her.
    • To this date every item that has been stolen was taken from the dwelling of the owner.
    • Two-thirds of the 282 light commercial vehicles under three years old stolen between November 2001 and November 2002 were taken with their keys.
    • People using cash machines are being warned to be on the alert, after four customers had their cash cards taken.
    • She also admitted using a credit card taken from an elderly man in Hemel Hempstead Hospital who has since died.
    • Sections of the churchyard and a whole path were dug up and stones taken in the last two years in six separate raids.
    • Crimes such as taking something from the office or asking a friend to bend the rules might involve only minor damage, but set up a vicious cycle.
    • Auditors were called in, but the true amount of money taken by Lucas could not be fully determined.
    • It was only after he left that his victim realised her money had been taken.
    • He didn't say whether any money had been taken but he said that he was not hurt.
    • They had a conversation with him and he later discovered that the money had been taken.
    • The theft was the third at the shop in the space of only eight weeks, although it is the first in which actual shop stock has been taken.
    • Anse blesses and resents Addie for dying, and then takes Dewey Dell's money and leaves.
    • Nothing was stolen from the shop and nothing was taken from Mr Hussain.
    • It is alleged that nearly £18,000 was taken in the raid when two members of staff were injured.
  • 5

    (to catch unawares)
    he was taken completely unawares lo agarró completamente desprevenido
  • 6

    • 6.1(to capture)

      (town/fortress/position) tomar
      (pawn/piece) comer
      to take sb prisoner tomar prisionero a algn
      • If the black king takes the rook, black loses the queen.
      • The victims had been removed from a hospital by members of a Yugoslav army force which had taken Vukovar.
      • The Soviet forces took more than 30,000 Romanian prisoners and all their equipment.
      • After the German armies took Prague, Hájek was forced to work for the German armament industry.
      • Henry Joy McCracken's United Army of Ulster took Larne and Antrim but was defeated.
      • In fact, the failure of the German army to take Paris was seen as a failure and Moltke was held responsible.
      • In November 1919 Kiev was briefly taken by the White armies before being occupied by the Red Army.
      • He had himself proclaimed king at Ravenna in 494 after taking back Italy from Odoacer.
      • In May 1940 German forces invaded France and had taken Paris by the middle of June.
      • If, in addition, Russia takes Galicia, an early bath for Austria is on the cards.
      • He had already taken Cologne, where he was reputed to have massacred 11,000 virgins.

    • 6.2(to win)

      (prize/title) llevarse
      (prize/title) hacerse con
      (game/set) ganar

    • 6.3(to earn)

      we took over $10,000 hicimos / sacamos más de 10.000 dólares
      • What would you say if I told you that the video game industry takes in more money per year than the movie entertainment business?
      • That means that the government spends less money than it takes in and applies the surplus to the NIB.
      • It means they can respond quickly to calls, and drivers can take more money with fewer dead miles between jobs.

  • 7

    • 7.1(to buy, to order)

      I'll take this pair (me) llevo este par
      • I'll take 12 ounces déme 12 onzas
      • He has agreed to take a total of 48 and they are currently arriving in batches.

    • 7.2(to subscribe to)

      we take The Globe nosotros compramos / recibimos / leemos The Globe
      • I took the magazine for a year but did not renew it.

    • 7.3(to rent)

      (apartment/cottage) alquilar
      (apartment/cottage) coger Spain
      we took an apartment there for the winter alquilamos un apartamento allí para el invierno
      • After Nelson's victory at Copenhagen, she considered taking a London house again but feared the expense.

  • 8

    (medicine/drugs) tomar
    he mustn't take solids no debe tomar sólidos
    • to take tea tomar el té
    • I don't take sugar in my coffee no le pongo azúcar al café
    • have you taken your tablets? ¿te has tomado las pastillas?
    • not to be taken internally para uso externo
    • When he got caught taking other drugs they would increase his methadone script so that he didn't need any other drugs.
    • This comes down to your personal choice and drugs education, if you take these harder drugs.
    • She would say that she wanted to get away from the life but the drugs she took controlled everything.
    • Her family insist authorities knew she and her boyfriend were taking drugs together.
    • He's a fascinating character, albeit a frustratingly incoherent one when the copious drugs he takes are in full flow.
    • If only the Army knew, some of their best soldiers in the battalion are taking or have taken drugs.
    • While taking drugs he was, in effect, harming no one but himself whereas with the alcohol he was a danger to others.
    • I would like to know what drugs he was taking, such was his endless energy throughout.
    • For colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, aloe vera can be taken as a drink.
    • When we arrived at the house, John took a good few pink tablets and drank whiskey and cans of cider.
    • Was he caught stealing, taking drugs or was he a victim of homosexual abuse?
    • Young drivers also appear willing to accept lifts from drivers they know to have taken illicit substances.
    • Mr.A told us that he now realises the danger to himself if he does not continue to abstain from taking illicit drugs.
    • The years roll by, and you continue to steal, take drugs, and carry and use a blade.
    • Young smokers are also more likely to drink alcohol or take illicit drugs.
    • Unfortunately these substances have been taken illicitly by athletes for body-building.
    • It is thought she and four other women who became ill on the night she died, had taken drugs stolen from a trolley.
    • Currently insulin cannot be taken in a pill because the hormone is broken down by powerful acids in the stomach.
    • They work best when taken regularly from the time when either pain or bleeding starts or the day before a period is due.
    • It is taken by around two million people in the UK - in Germany, it's available on prescription.
  • 9

    • 9.1(to collect)

      (sample) tomar
      (survey) hacer
      we took regular readings tomamos nota de la temperatura (or presión etc.) a intervalos regulares
      • The nurse takes the child's vital signs and assesses his or her oral cavity for any excessive bleeding.
      • It appears that measurements had been taken but not submitted at the previous hearing.
      • Mr Murphy said they agreed it was a nuisance and were due to return to take further measurements.
      • She said Miss Ofuri was behaving belligerently and refused to allow her blood pressure to be taken.

    • 9.2(to record)

      he took my measurements/temperature me tomó las medidas/la temperatura

    • 9.3(to write down)

      (notes) tomar
      can I take a message? ¿quiere dejar un recado?
      • he took my name and address me tomó el nombre y la dirección
      • In an ideal world it would also link to the collaborative Hydra notes that were taken for pretty much every session.
      • Kathy took a few more notes before watching the interviews from the back of the room.
      • By taking notes he wanted Sydney to write down all the important parts and help him make a decision.
      • He will have watched Celtic play under Dalglish and will have taken enough notes to fill a book on their style of play.
      • Notes taken at the time were incomplete and a summary of the interview was drawn up only afterwards.
      • He relied on what volumes he could get and the notes he had taken on the books he had read.
      • I have a set of notes that I took when I went to see a Maxwell Bates exhibit on Thursday.
      • Christopher Hitchens may have learned shorthand and taken better notes than the rest of us, but I doubt it.
      • Either his friend had been taking notes these past several months, or he was a fast learner.

    • 9.4Photography

      to take a photograph sacar / tomar una foto
      • he's always taken a good picture siempre ha salido bien en las fotos
      • In police custody, his solicitors came with a digital camera and took nineteen photographs of his injuries.
      • Mo came round today with her digital camera and took a photograph of what will probably be my image on the publicity.
      • As an additional safeguard, the firearm also contains a tiny camera which takes a photograph every time it is fired.
      • I raised my camera to take a photograph of this to send to Midland Mainline.
      • I explained it was a camera and I was taking photographs of what had been going on on the estate.
      • There is a chance of winning a digital camera for taking the photograph which best captures the spirit of the challenge.
      • A hidden camera secretly takes a close-up photo of the shopper's face.
      • This is about artists, and how an artist can be stopped now from taking a photograph.
      • Unfortunately, we could not stop to take photographs as the bus raced past the scenes.
      • Incidentally, the camera allows us to take snapshots while it is recording a video.
      • After the engagement, Basharat had taken some photographs and video clips of the girl.
      • I took the cheapo digital camera with me, but to be honest - you don't wanna see this place.
      • Financial help can be given in some cases to assist a visit with us, and photographs can be taken for those unable to travel.
      • These works, taken by just four photographers, recall the most dazzling time in movie history.
      • A tube poster featuring this caught my eye, because I recently took a very similar photograph.
      • The Canon photo management software creates one new directory for each day photographs have been taken.
      • If clear photographs can be taken, then an efficient counting system is in place.
      • Camera control also takes some getting used to but after a while I found it intuitive.
      • These are select photographs from the newspaper that have been taken from different angles.

  • 10

    • 10.1(to withstand, to suffer)

      (strain/weight/load) aguantar
      (beating/blow) recibir
      his reputation has taken a few knocks su reputación ha sufrido unos cuantos reveses
      • He has not stopped scoring since and all this after taking a 75 per cent pay cut when he moved to Hanover.
      • To answer the first question we have to ask ourselves who actually takes offence at receiving Christmas cards?
      • But the slight decline in revenue is good news compared to the loss Sun took in the quarter.
      • For someone purporting to live in Cumbria he takes a very keen interest in our city…
      • Scots should take a very keen interest in what happens in our prisons for two reasons, he says.
      • A regular visitor to Mayo, he takes a very keen interest in GAA affairs in this county.
      • Long takes a particularly keen interest in developing junior players and has run classes after school and in the holidays.
      • Jim also took a keen interest in political affairs and loved the atmosphere of election week and count day.
      • He took pride in a job well done and always gave full commitment to any job he undertook.
      • As if spurred on by this, Peebles upped the ante, taking two consecutive strikes against the head.

    • 10.2(to tolerate, to endure)

      I won't take any more nonsense from you no pienso aguantarte más tonterías
      • he can't take a joke no sabe aceptar / no se le puede hacer una broma
      • it was more than I could take ya no pude aguantar más
      • I don't have to take that from her no tengo por qué aguantarle / permitirle eso
      • I can't take it any longer! ¡no puedo más!
      • It has been three years of patiently taking rejection, accepting smaller parts, non-speaking roles.
      • She was so sucked into her own lies she took the abuse and accepted it as a way of life.
      • I have always advocated that players must stand up and take criticism and accept that.
      • They were prepared to stand there and take what they were given by the police.
      • It was a moving and impassioned speech, with a few barbs which Blair had to simply stand there and take.
      • They can usually take what Mother Nature dishes out.

    • 10.3(to bear)

      how is he taking it? ¿qué tal lo lleva?
      • she's taken it very badly/well lo lleva muy mal/bien
      see also heart

  • 11

    • 11.1(to understand, to interpret)

      I don't know how to take that remark ese comentario no sé cómo tomármelo
      • everyone takes him to be a troublemaker todo el mundo cree que es un alborotador
      • I take the passage to mean that … yo entiendo que el texto quiere decir que …
      • I take this to be a misprint me imagino que esto será un error tipográfico
      • Seen from a distance, such armed bands were often taken for brigands themselves, and so the panic spread.
      • I'd advice you take everything I write with a pinch of salt anyway, so to speak.
      • Don't take anything that Gibson wrote about as gospel on what Voudoun is about.
      • This should not be taken to mean that military intervention is necessarily illegitimate.
      • I can tell it's his way of being nice so I take it as a compliment.
      • Im not quite sure who they are but I take it as a compliment that they liked my site enough to copy parts of it.
      • Take some time to regain confidence after this - or should I take it as a compliment?
      • They know who she is and there is no question as to whether she should be taken seriously.
      • Though Jeter takes acting seriously, Krakowski says he knows how to have fun with an audience.
      • I suggest, however, that statements like these should not be taken too literally.
      • It was a bold move but Bohr's already high reputation meant that he would be taken seriously.
      • The article was most certainly not intended to be taken as the sum total or even a summation of my feelings about the CU.
      • The Bible was taken as literal truth, despite the acceptance by most that the Earth revolved around the sun.
      • For Sirius this occurs in July and this was taken to be the start of the year.
      • The cholesterol ratio should not be taken on its own as a predictor of the risk of heart attack or stroke.
      • All the girls in the office had taken this to mean that I was devastatingly handsome.
      • He said attacks on shop staff could be taken more seriously at Government level.
      • So it's a very difficult role, very difficult job and they're taking it very seriously.
      • The BBC, reporting the event, took this as a reference to the Cardinal's red hat and robes.
      • At first glance, Shannon looks apathetic but an emotion that could be taken for concern flickers in her eyes.
      see also take for

    • 11.2(to consider)

      take Japan, for example mira el caso del Japón, por ejemplo
      • take Doris, she doesn't worry about these things mira a Doris, ella no se preocupa por estas cosas
      • For instance, take the other day when I call Pebbles in Spain and her mom picks up the phone.
      • Let us take Far Cry for example - a game that uses the Split Frame Rendering technique.
      • Let's take Georgia where I was campaigning yesterday.
      • Let's take Germany, for example.
      • Take Indian Wells, a 90-unit desert community for low-income seniors.

  • 12

    • 12.1(to adopt an attitude of)

      he takes the view that … opina que …
      • she took an instant dislike to him le tomó antipatía inmediatamente
      • if you're going to take that attitude, … si te vas a poner así, …
      see also liking, offense, shapeetc

    • 12.2(to experience)

      he took great pleasure in humiliating her disfrutó enormemente humillándola
      • I take no satisfaction from proving her wrong no siento ningún placer / no disfruto al demostrar que está equivocada

  • 13

    (of time)
    (job/task) llevar
    (process) tardar
    (person) tardar
    (person) demorar(se) Latin America
    it took longer than expected llevó / tomó más tiempo de lo que se creía
    • painting the ceiling won't take all morning pintar el techo no va a llevar / tomar toda la mañana
    • how long does it take to make? ¿cuánto tiempo lleva hacerlo?
    • it takes 48 hours to dry tarda 48 horas en secarse
    • the flight takes two hours el vuelo dura dos horas
    • the project took five years to complete (se) tardaron cinco años en terminar el proyecto
    • it took weeks for him to recover tardó semanas en recuperarse
    • they took six months to reply tardaron seis meses en responder
    • the letter took a week to arrive la carta tardó una semana en llegar
    • if you take long to get ready / (in) getting ready … si tardas mucho en arreglarte …
    • don't take too long about it! ¡no tardes / no te entretengas / no te demores demasiado!
    • His pleas fell on deaf ears as the jury took less than an hour to find him guilty.
    • The jury took less than an hour to come to a unanimous decision - insane, unfit to plead.
    • The jury took just over two hours to return a majority verdict of death by natural causes contributed by neglect.
    • It gets progressively more demanding, too, taking a good 12 hours of study to absorb.
    • It takes a good few hours to go through their system, however, so I haven't had a chance to play with all the fun features yet.
    • The jury took less than two hours to reach a verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.
    • Driving or walking that short distance takes an almost equal amount of time.
    • Anyhow it took Jae over an hour to cut my hair as I went from having curls half way down my back to wearing it cropped like a boy.
    • It took Inveraray an hour to equalise very much against the run of play.
    • It took McMartin several more hours to scrape a tunnel in the earth beneath the concrete slab to rescue him.
    • It took Heather three hours to travel three miles through snow-blocked traffic.
    • It takes many, many hours to learn a new language and I just never seem to have even a few extra minutes to spare.
    • The procedure is the same, takes the same amount of time, and the parts are cheaper.
    • You just have to be organised and even if you just take one or two hours to bounce ideas off somebody else that can be important.
    • They tied her to a chair and burnt her with petrol over a period of 24 hours, and it took her 12 days to die.
    • To write each word it takes hours and it has taken Makardhawaja two years to complete two volumes.
    • It takes about the same amount of time to post the links.
    • The haircut takes just exactly the amount of time that I have on my car park ticket.
    • However the scale of the damage means it could take another 72 hours before every service is back.
    • A jury at Exeter Crown Court took less than two hours to find him guilty.
  • 14

    (to need)
    accepting defeat takes courage hay que tener / hace falta / se necesita valor para aceptar la derrota
    • it took four men to lift it tuvieron que levantarlo entre cuatro hombres
    • it only takes one mistake to spoil everything basta un solo error para estropearlo todo
    • it takes more than that to shock me yo por eso solo no me horrorizo
    • it takes nothing at all to upset him se molesta por nada
    • it took the death of another child to … tuvo que morir otro niño para …
  • 15

    • 15.1(with shoes, clothes)

      what size shoes do you take? ¿qué número calzas?
      • she takes a 14 usa la talla 14

    • 15.2(to run on)

      this car takes diesel/super este coche consume diesel/super

    • 15.3Linguistics

      (dative/preposition) construirse con
      (dative/preposition) regir
      • There is no infallible rule identifying the verbs that take both, but they generally form nouns in tion.
      • However, some transitive verbs take a prepositional phrase instead of an indirect object.
      • For example, the open command takes as an argument the name of the file containing the data.

  • 16

    (to accept)
    (money/bribes) aceptar
    he wouldn't take the money no quiso aceptar el dinero
    • do they take checks? ¿aceptan cheques?
    • take his advice sigue sus consejos
    • you tell her: she'll take it (coming) from you si se lo dices tú no se lo tomará mal
    • I take your point, but … te entiendo, pero …
    • are you going to take the job? ¿vas a aceptar el trabajo?
    • take that, you scoundrel! ¡toma, canalla!
    • you'll have to take me the way I am tendrás que aceptarme tal como soy
    • We readily accepted, and took delivery of the pilot showreel the next day for an internal focus group.
    • If they offered you the Irish manager's job would you take it, I ask mischievously.
    • McCarthy is a good manager, in my opinion, much better now that when he took the job six years ago.
    • He found his dyslexia made it difficult to get a job and took a string of short-term posts.
    • Each year City of York Council asks schools if the number of new children they are taking each year is acceptable.
    • Bookings for travel to the forthcoming games at Coventry and Nottingham Forest are still begin taken.
    • Crucial is currently quoting as below, with a ten per cent discount for orders taken online.
    • Initially he took a teaching position at a Latin school in Enkhuizen, North Holland.
    • Names are now being taken so if interested book a place as soon as possible.
    • Names are being taken for anyone interested in joining the Mosse brownie pack.
    • Names will be taken from those who intend travelling on next year's pilgrimage to Lourdes.
    • With an ever increasing demand for places, names are now being taken for the new year in September.
    • A lump sum is only achievable by taking a lower pension as a result, literally cashing in part of your retirement income.
    • Applications are currently being taken for the new course about to start in September.
    • Barry is torn between kicking out the man who is about to despoil his daughter and taking his much needed rent money.
    • Boris should have never agreed to take the call or do the show if it required taking that call.
    • This way, students will not be wasting their number one rankings on jobs that are already taken.
    • They have already taken a Government assurance when they provided the information.
    • No away shirts are with the club at the moment but orders in all sizes are being taken.
    • Orders are now being taken for all sizes and are available in navy blue and black.
  • 17

    • 17.1(to hold, to accommodate)

      the tank takes 20 gallons el depósito tiene cabida para 20 galones
      • we can take up to 50 passengers tenemos cabida para un máximo de 50 pasajeros
      • I can take two more in the back detrás (me) caben otros dos más

    • 17.2(to admit)

      (patients/pupils) admitir
      (patients/pupils) tomar
      (patients/pupils) coger Spain
      they take lodgers alquilan habitaciones
      • we don't take telephone reservations no aceptamos reservas por teléfono
      • we don't take telephone bookings no aceptamos reservas por teléfono
      • does the machine take 100 peso pieces? ¿la máquina funciona con / acepta monedas de cien pesos?
      • If you have friends taking the same subject you could always have an informal chat about an aspect of the subject with your friends.
      • These can be taken in place of subjects such as history, geography and modern languages.
      • They were in medieval French, a subject she had never taken at school.
      • He needs to go back and read his classics studies, if he took that subject in high school.
      • The year 12 student, who takes clothing as a school subject, aims to fulfill a career in fashion design.
      • A week or so later I was booked to go for a weekend away somewhere with some people from a creative writing course I was taking.
      • Soon his confidence in theoretical physics was such that by the second semester he was taking all of Sommerfeld's courses.
      • They took City and Guild courses in literacy, numeracy and personal skills.
      • He is taking the A1 assessors course to become an assessor for candidates studying for NVQs in warehousing.
      • After taking the course Bob was able to assist a passenger experiencing difficulties.
      • My boss will be taking a special course the first two weeks of July and I'll be in charge of the office, which is fine.
      • Or dive even deeper by coming a day early and taking a Critical Concerns Course.
      • Simply no dice, was the school's response, unless he agreed to take piano lessons too.

  • 18

    • 18.1

      (train/plane/bus) tomar
      (train/plane/bus) coger mainly Spain
      we had to take a taxi tuvimos que tomar un taxi
      • are you taking the car? ¿vas a ir en coche?
      • I had to take the bus back tuve que volver en autobús
      • we had to take the escalator tuvimos que subir/bajar por la escalera mecánica

    • 18.2

      (road/turning) tomar
      (road/turning) agarrar mainly Latin America
      (road/turning) coger mainly Spain
      take the second right toma la segunda a la derecha
      • take the second turning on the right toma la segunda a la derecha
      • we'll have to take another route vamos a tener que ir por otro camino
      • I took the wrong road me equivoqué de camino

    • 18.3(to negotiate)

      (bend) tomar
      (bend) coger mainly Spain
      (fence) saltar
      he took the stairs two at a time subió las escaleras de dos en dos
      • the car doesn't take hills very well cuesta arriba el coche no va muy bien
      • And then the K1200S takes the corners, like no other bike I’ve ridden.

  • 19

    • 19.1

      (measures/steps) tomar
      (exercise) hacer
      she didn't take any notice no hizo ningún caso
      • to take a walk dar un paseo
      • he took a step forward dio un paso adelante
      • take a look at this! ¡mira esto!
      • she took a deep breath respiró hondo
      • to take an interest in sth interesarse por algo
      • So as I opened up a new packet of crayons for my son, I held them up to my nose and took a long deep breath.
      • Then they took a mock written driving test, which everyone tried his or her best in.
      • The key stage three English test is the final key stage test, and is taken by 14-year-olds.
      • The decision to have a very fancy new building at the Holyrood site was taken by the Labour government.
      • Reliable information indicated that even the staff of the department expressed their bewilderment at some decisions that were taken with respect to the event.
      • Mr Latham's mayoral decisions, including the capital works, were taken with the support of his council at the time.
      • Key meetings were not recorded in official minutes and decisions were taken with little consultation of the Cabinet, says the report.
      • I advanced to him that in understanding that we recognise that sometimes decisions have to be taken.
      • He seems to assume that it is the same group of bright kids across the board taking AP's.
      • The decision to strike had been taken on Friday, 48 hours before the bombs fell on Afghanistan.
      • Maybe the opposition players should be moved back, but the free kick still be taken from the same position?
      • However, no decisions have yet been taken about how this money should be allocated.
      • It threatens that if money is not sent within days, steps will be taken to recover the money via the British courts.
      • If there's any action to be taken [by the club] you'll be the last to know.
      • This is a prelude to the enforcement steps which can then be taken to compel payment of any arrears.
      • I expected action to be taken against the club in the form of a heavy fine or ruled out of the competition.
      • The book outlines simple steps that can be taken to maximise money and help reap the rewards in retirement.
      • The United Nations received much support for taking robust action against an aggressor nation.
      • Nurse Debbie McCall has gone back to the job she loves after taking a career break of 18 years.
      • You're taking a physical and mental break from your work area at least once a day.

    • 19.2(to deal with)

      would you take that call, please? ¿puede atender esa llamada por favor?
      • he is taking my patients while I'm away él se va a hacer cargo de mis pacientes mientras estoy fuera
      • can you take my class tomorrow? ¿me puedes dar la clase de mañana?

  • 20

    • 20.1British School
      (to teach)

      darle clase a
      she takes us for Chemistry nos da clase de química

    • 20.2(to learn)

      (subject) estudiar
      (subject) hacer
      I'm taking classes/a course in Russian voy a clase/estoy haciendo un curso de ruso

    • 20.3(to undergo)

      to take an exam hacer un examen

  • 21

    (to begin) empezar
    (continue) continuar
    we'll take it from scene six vamos a empezar desde la escena seis
    • you take the story from there, Jane Jane, continúa la historia a partir de ahí
  • 22

    (to lead)
    this path takes you to the main road este camino lleva / por este camino se llega a la carretera
    • her job often takes her to Paris va con frecuencia a París por motivos de trabajo
  • 23

    • 23.1(to acquire)

      (apprentice) tomar
      to take a wife/husband casarse
      • she took a lover se buscó un amante

    • 23.2 literary (in the sexual sense)

      (woman) poseer
      • He took her violently and they shook and trembled as they came together.

intransitive verb took, taken

  • 1

    • 1.1(germinate)

      (seeds) germinar
      (cutting) prender
      (cutting) brotar Chile
      • The grass has taken and was long and wet in the morning and was full of snails sucking to thick blades.

    • 1.2(to catch fire)

      (fuels) prender

    • 1.3(to adhere)

      (dyes) agarrar mainly Latin America
      (dyes) coger mainly Spain
      • However unfortunately in the first attempt, the embryo did not take and did not grow.

    • 1.4(to be effective)

      (vaccines) prender
      (vaccines) brotar Chile

  • 2

    (to start)
    (engines) arrancar
  • 3British

    (to bite)
    (fish) picar
  • 4

    (to receive)
    learn to give as well as take aprende a dar además de recibir
    • all you do is take, take, take no piensas más que en ti
  • 5

    (piece/player) comer


  • 1

    toma feminine
    • I wanted to keep cool throughout the take and not show that my foot was caught.
    • I think it was totally different to any animation movie I have seen before, it was another type of take.
    • When one of them kisses Robbie a little too passionately, Tasha yells out and ruins a take.
    • There are more clean-ups, and when Wallace is happy, producer Tony Platt calls for a take.
    • The late Stanley Kubrick, director of Eyes Wide Shut, regularly did 100 takes.
    • Finally, Jake Gyllenhaal leaned over said that Ang regularly did 15 takes and not to worry.
    • Getting them to be serious for a minute or two, they reveal that a sheer amount of takes were required for Large Pro to be happy with his vocal performance.
    • But you want to get it done and do it in the least amount of takes possible.
    • The number of takes required to complete each scene is said to have rocketed.
  • 2

    • 2.1(earnings)

      ingresos masculine
      recaudación feminine
      • You encourage as many sites as possible to shove up ads in exchange for a take of any revenue driven by those ads.

    • 2.2

      (share) parte feminine
      (commission) comisión feminine