Definition of taking in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtākiNG/ /ˈteɪkɪŋ/

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  • 1The action or process of taking something.

    ‘the taking of life’
    • ‘In fact, giving and taking are natural phenomenon in human relationships.’
    • ‘There should be no taking of sides when human rights are in jeopardy.’
    • ‘He had been released from prison last April after serving a sentence for assault and the unauthorised taking of a car.’
    • ‘So more eating, more drinking and more taking of photos - many of them painfully embarrassing.’
  • 2takingsThe amount of money earned by a business from the sale of goods or services.

    ‘box-office takings were scant’
    • ‘Industry takings rely on the sale of alcohol and the more they sell, the better their profits.’
    • ‘Retailers can examine the till takings in a branch across the city, without having to lay a cable out there.’
    • ‘At the end of the day he compares the tally of customers with the takings to ensure his profit margin.’
    • ‘Surveys of local businesses suggest takings have fallen slightly.’
    • ‘Together with gate receipts, bar takings and sponsorship. the books are just about balanced.’
    • ‘Not only did the money go, the takings of our flag day, but he took the only set of weights we had for training.’
    • ‘Thousands flocked to the three resorts last weekend and business takings were well up.’
    • ‘The venture has proved so popular that the business has doubled its takings every year.’
    • ‘Companies may operate as shops-within-shops and pay rent as a percentage of takings to the host store.’
    • ‘Hotels and guesthouses simply can't cope with the fall in takings now facing them.’
    • ‘The counterfeits were discovered when the shopkeepers tried paying their takings into the bank.’
    • ‘The club announced it was donating the entire evenings takings to the families of the missing firemen.’
    • ‘All takings from the gate will go to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.’
    • ‘Lizzy had done a gig the night before and Philip was divvying up the takings.’
    • ‘As a goodwill gesture Mr Smith said he would be contributing some of his days' takings to help pay back the stolen money.’
    • ‘As audiences dwindled, Apollo's pledge to keep the cinema open until a buyer could be found died with the box office takings.’
    • ‘Chicago has already won critical acclaim and attracted big box office takings in London and the United States.’
    • ‘Open the tills, count the takings at the end of the night and don't count the cost!’
    • ‘Meanwhile angry shopkeepers in Blackfen Road say takings are down by more than half.’
    • ‘He tells how the company's daily takings have reached a record £106,000 and we see him counting wads of cash.’
    proceeds, returns, receipts, earnings, winnings, pickings, spoils
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  • (of a person) captivating in manner; charming.

    • ‘he was not a very taking person, she felt’
    delightful, pleasing, pleasant, agreeable, likeable, endearing, lovely, lovable, adorable, cute, sweet, appealing, attractive, good-looking, prepossessing
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    for the taking
    • Ready or available for someone to take advantage of.

      ‘the big money is out there for the taking’
      • ‘Four units were available for the taking and quickly these were filled.’
      • ‘Boiled in three or four changes of water, they are one of the first spring vegetables available for the taking.’
      • ‘You can get any song, any program, or any movie that your heart desires and it's all free for the taking.’
      • ‘The game was there for the taking at half-time, but it was Leeds who took the lead when Ross kicked for the corner to set up a line-out drive.’
      • ‘Waiters in white jackets were holding trays of water, orange juice or white wine for the taking.’
      • ‘The league game most definitely was there for the taking, and in many aspects we were the authors of our own misfortune.’
      • ‘These, and all sorts of books both great and small, are out there, lying around in public places for the taking.’
      • ‘Those were the days, down in Wakonda, when the timber of the Siuslaw was ours for the taking.’
      • ‘The independent and swing voters are looking to be ours for the taking if they keep this up.’
      • ‘Mason jars of jelly beans and gummy bears and fresh-baked cookies are there for the taking.’