Synonyms of take in English:

take


See definition of take

verb

1‘Anna smiled as she took his hand’

SYNONYMS
lay hold of, take hold of, get hold of, get into one's hands
grasp, grip, clasp, clutch, grab
ANTONYMS

give

2‘he took an envelope from his inside pocket’

SYNONYMS
remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish
confiscate, take possession of
ANTONYMS

give

3‘the following passage is taken from my book ‘Managing Stress’’

SYNONYMS
extract, quote, cite, excerpt, derive, abstract, reproduce, copy, cull, choose

4‘she took a little wine with her dinner’

SYNONYMS
drink, imbibe
consume, swallow, eat, ingest

5‘many thousands of prisoners were taken’

SYNONYMS
capture, seize, catch, take captive, arrest, apprehend, take into custody
carry off, abduct, lay hold of
trap, snare
ANTONYMS

free, liberate

6‘these thieving toerags have taken my car’

SYNONYMS
steal, remove, appropriate, misappropriate, make off with, pilfer, purloin, abstract, dispossess someone of
informal filch, pinch, swipe, nick, snaffle, walk off with
rare peculate
ANTONYMS

give

7‘take the bottom number from the total’

SYNONYMS
subtract, deduct, remove, take away, take off
discount
informal knock off, minus
ANTONYMS

add

8‘all the seats had been taken’

SYNONYMS
occupy, use, utilize, fill, hold
reserve, engage
informal bag

9‘I have just taken a room in a nearby house’

SYNONYMS
rent, lease, hire, charter
reserve, book, make a reservation for, arrange for, engage

10‘I decided to take the job’

SYNONYMS
accept, take up, take on, undertake
ANTONYMS

refuse

11‘I'd take childbirth today over what my grandmother had to go through’

SYNONYMS
pick, choose, select, decide on, settle on, fix on, single out
prefer, favour, opt for, plump for, vote for, elect
ANTONYMS

refuse, turn down

12‘take, for instance, the English word ‘one’’

SYNONYMS
consider, ponder, contemplate, think about, weigh up, give thought to, mull over, deliberate over, examine, study, cogitate about, chew over, meditate over, ruminate over

13‘he takes ‘The Observer’’

SYNONYMS
subscribe to, pay a subscription to, buy regularly, read regularly, read every day, read every month, read every week

14‘a nurse took his temperature’

SYNONYMS
ascertain, determine, establish, measure, find out, discover
calculate, compute, count, quantify, evaluate, rate, assess, appraise, gauge

15‘she started to take notes’

SYNONYMS
write, note, note down, make a note of, set down, jot, jot down, scribble, scrawl, take down, record, register, document, minute, put in writing, commit to paper

16‘I took it back to London with me’

SYNONYMS
bring, carry, bear, transport, convey, move, transfer, shift, haul, drag, lug, cart, ferry
informal tote

17‘she let the priest take her home’

SYNONYMS
escort, accompany, help, assist, show, lead, show someone the way, lead the way, conduct, guide, see, usher, steer, pilot, shepherd, convey

18‘he took the North London line to Acton’

SYNONYMS
travel on, travel by, journey on, go via
use, make use of, utilize

19‘the station takes its name from the nearby lake’

SYNONYMS
derive, get, obtain, come by, acquire, pick up, be given

20‘she took the prize for best individual speaker’

SYNONYMS
receive, obtain, gain, get, acquire, collect, accept, be given, be presented with, be awarded, have conferred on one
secure, procure, come by, win, earn, pick up, walk away with, walk off with, carry off
informal land, bag, net, scoop, cop

21‘she feared that I might take the chance to postpone the ceremony’

SYNONYMS
act on, take advantage of, capitalize on, use, exploit, make the most of, leap at, jump on, pounce on, seize, seize on, grasp, grab, snatch, accept, put to advantage, profit from, turn to account, cash in on
ANTONYMS

miss, ignore

22‘he took great pleasure in creating his own individual style’

SYNONYMS
derive, draw, acquire, obtain, get, gain, extract, procure
experience, undergo, feel, encounter, know, come into contact with, face

23‘Elizabeth took the news of my sacking badly’

SYNONYMS
receive, respond to, react to, meet, greet
deal with, cope with

24‘do you take me for a fool?’

SYNONYMS
regard as, consider to be, view as, look on as, see as, believe to be, think of as, reckon to be, imagine to be, deem to be, hold to be, judge to be

25‘I take it that you are George Tenison’

SYNONYMS
assume, presume, suppose, imagine, expect, believe, reckon, think, be of the opinion, gather, dare say, trust, surmise, deduce, guess, conjecture, fancy, suspect
take for granted, take as read

26‘I take your point’

SYNONYMS
understand, grasp, get, comprehend, apprehend, see, follow, take in
accept, appreciate, accept the validity of, acknowledge the validity of, admit the validity of, recognize, sympathize with, agree with

27‘Shirley was rather taken with this idea’

SYNONYMS
captivate, enchant, charm, delight, attract, win over, fascinate, bewitch, beguile, enthral, entrance, lure, infatuate, seduce, dazzle, hypnotize, mesmerize
please, amuse, divert, entertain, gladden, satisfy, gratify
informal tickle someone pink, tickle someone's fancy

28‘I can't take much more of this business’

SYNONYMS
endure, bear, suffer, tolerate, stand, put up with, stomach, brook, abide, carry, submit to, accept, permit, allow, admit, countenance, support, shoulder
Scottish thole

29‘applicants may be asked to take a test’

SYNONYMS
perform, execute, effect, discharge, carry out, accomplish, fulfil, complete, conduct, implement, do, make, have
rare effectuate

30‘I went on to take English, History, and French’

SYNONYMS
study, learn, be taught, have lessons in
read up on, work at, apply oneself to, acquire a knowledge of, gain an understanding of, grasp, master
take up, pursue
British read
informal do

31‘the journey should take a little over six hours’

SYNONYMS
last, continue for, go on for, carry on for, keep on for, run on for, endure for
require, call for, need, necessitate, entail, involve

32‘it would take an expert marksman with a high-powered rifle to hit him’

SYNONYMS
require, need, necessitate, demand, call for, entail, involve

33‘I take size 3 in shoes’

SYNONYMS
wear, habitually wear, use
require, need, be fitted by, fit

34‘we tried to bring the children up to think this way, but somehow it did not take’

SYNONYMS
be effective, have effect, take effect, take hold, take root, be efficacious, be productive, be in force, be in operation, be efficient, be effectual, be useful
work, operate, succeed, function

noun

1‘the whalers' commercial take’

SYNONYMS
catch, haul, bag, yield, net

2‘he is determined to increase the state's tax take’

SYNONYMS
revenue, income, gain, profit, money received, payments received
takings, proceeds, returns, receipts, profits, winnings, pickings, earnings, spoils
gate money, purse
British informal bunce

3‘you need someone with a clapperboard at the start of each take’

SYNONYMS
scene, sequence, filmed sequence, clip, part, segment

4‘her wry and knowing take on sex and gender issues’

SYNONYMS
view of, reading of, version of, interpretation of, understanding of, account of, explanation of, analysis of, approach to

Phrases

    take a chair/seat

    ‘take a seat, I'll be with you in a second’


    SYNONYMS

    sit down, sit, seat oneself, settle, settle oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself down, plop oneself down

    flump, perch

    informal

    take a pew, plonk oneself down

    take after

    ‘Jenny takes after her mother’


    SYNONYMS

    resemble, look like, be like, be similar to, bear a resemblance to, have the look of

    remind one of, put one in mind of, make one think of, cause one to remember, recall, conjure up, suggest, evoke, call up

    informal

    favour, be a chip off the old block, be the spitting image of

    take against

    ‘Bernard soon took against the idea’


    SYNONYMS

    take a dislike to, feel hostile towards, view with disfavour, look askance on, become unfriendly towards

    take someone/something apart

    ‘she was relishing the sight of me being taken apart by the director’


    SYNONYMS

    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambaste, flay, savage

    knock, slam, pan, bash, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer

    ANTONYMS

    lavish praise on

    take someone back

    1‘a dream which took me back to my first year in Vienna’


    SYNONYMS

    evoke, awaken one's memories of, evoke one's memories of, remind one of, put one in mind of, conjure up, summon up, call up

    echo, suggest, smack of

    2‘if she apologizes I will take her back’


    SYNONYMS

    be reconciled to, forgive, pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve

    accept back, welcome, receive

    let bygones be bygones, forgive and forget, bury the hatchet

    take someone by surprise

    ‘executives were taken by surprise when sales dropped off late last year’


    SYNONYMS

    take aback, surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle

    dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away

    shake, shake up, jolt, throw, unnerve, disconcert, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, bewilder

    informal

    flabbergast, knock for six, knock sideways, knock out, floor, strike dumb

    take something back

    1‘I take back every word I said’


    SYNONYMS

    retract, withdraw, renounce, disclaim, disown, unsay, disavow, recant, abjure, repudiate, override

    back-pedal

    ANTONYMS

    stand by

    2‘I must take the keys back to the steward’


    SYNONYMS

    return, carry back, bring back, fetch back, give back, hand back, send back, restore, remit

    ANTONYMS

    keep, hang on to

    3‘I'd damaged the box so the shop wouldn't take it back’


    SYNONYMS

    accept back, give a refund for, exchange, trade, swap

    4‘the Romans took back the city in the following year’


    SYNONYMS

    regain, repossess, reclaim, retrieve, recover, recoup, restore, get back

    recapture, reconquer

    ANTONYMS

    give away, cede

    take something apart

    ‘we took the machines apart several times’


    SYNONYMS

    dismantle, pull to pieces, take to pieces, pull to bits, take to bits, pull apart, disassemble, break up

    tear down, demolish, destroy, pulverize, wreck, smash, shatter

    ANTONYMS

    put together, assemble

    take something down

    1‘the policeman took down her particulars’


    SYNONYMS

    write down, note down, make a note of, jot down, set down, mark down, record, put on record, commit to paper, put in black and white, register, draft, document, minute, pen

    2‘we took down the lighting rig at the end of the shoot’


    SYNONYMS

    remove, dismantle, disassemble, unfasten, separate, take apart, take to pieces, take out, disconnect

    demolish, tear down, level, raze

    ANTONYMS

    leave in place

    3‘they insisted he take down the flag’


    SYNONYMS

    pull down, let down, haul down, move down, lower, drop, let fall, let sink

    ANTONYMS

    pull up, haul up

    take something in

    1‘at first she could hardly take in the news’


    SYNONYMS

    comprehend, understand, grasp, follow, absorb, soak in, assimilate, make out

    informal

    get

    2‘this route takes in some of the most dramatic cliffs in Britain’


    SYNONYMS

    include, encompass, embrace, contain, comprise, cover, incorporate, embody, comprehend, subsume, envelop

    digest, assimilate

    admit, hold

    take someone in

    1‘Mrs Smith took in paying guests’


    SYNONYMS

    accommodate, board, house, feed, put up, take care of, admit, let in, receive, welcome, take, billet, harbour

    ANTONYMS

    turn someone away

    2‘you were taken in by an elaborate trick’


    SYNONYMS

    deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, trick, dupe, fool, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, gull, humbug, bluff, hoax, bamboozle

    informal

    con, bilk, pull the wool over someone's eyes, put one over on

    archaic

    cozen

    take someone in hand

    ‘someone has to take him in hand’


    SYNONYMS

    control, have authority over, be in charge of, direct, preside over, lead, dominate, master

    reform, improve, correct, change, make better, rehabilitate

    take something in hand

    ‘the time has come to take matters in hand’


    SYNONYMS

    deal with, apply oneself to, address oneself to, get to grips with, get stuck into, busy oneself with, set one's hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, pursue, handle, manage

    start on, embark on

    formal

    commence

    take off

    1‘I walked up to the horse, but he took off at a great speed’


    SYNONYMS

    run away, run off, flee, abscond, take flight, decamp, disappear, leave, go, depart, make off, bolt, make a break for it, make a run for it, take to one's heels, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills

    informal

    split, beat it, clear off, clear out, skedaddle, vamoose, hightail it, light out

    ANTONYMS

    stay put

    2‘the plane took off’


    SYNONYMS

    become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing

    be launched, lift off, blast off

    ANTONYMS

    land, touch down

    3‘the idea really took off’


    SYNONYMS

    succeed, do well, become popular, catch on, progress, prosper, flourish, thrive, boom, turn out well, work, work out

    ANTONYMS

    fail, flop

    take someone off

    ‘he takes off the Prime Minister very well’


    SYNONYMS

    mimic, impersonate, imitate, ape, parody, mock, caricature, satirize, burlesque, lampoon, ridicule

    informal

    spoof, do, send up

    take it out of

    ‘I'd had no idea how much hauling one of those things around would take it out of you’


    SYNONYMS

    exhaust, drain, enervate, tire, fatigue, wear out, weary, debilitate, jade

    informal

    fag out, whack, bush, knacker, poop

    take oneself off

    ‘I took myself off to the office’


    SYNONYMS

    withdraw, retire, take one's leave, make one's departure, leave, exit, depart, go away, pull out, quit, make oneself scarce

    informal

    clear off, clear out

    ANTONYMS

    stay put

    take on

    ‘don't take on so!’


    SYNONYMS
    British

    get upset, make a fuss, break down, get excited, go too far, lose one's sense of proportion, overreact

    lose one's cool, get in a tizzy

    ANTONYMS

    keep calm

    take someone on

    1‘they could find no major challenger to take him on’


    SYNONYMS

    compete against, oppose, challenge, confront, face, fight, match oneself against, pit oneself against, vie with, contend against, contend with, battle against, battle with, struggle against, take up cudgels against, stand up to, go head to head against

    2‘the Home Office took on extra staff’


    SYNONYMS

    engage, hire, employ, enrol, enlist, sign up, take into employment, put on the payroll

    informal

    take on board

    ANTONYMS

    fire, dismiss

    take something off

    1‘they'd put a tinned steak and kidney pudding in the oven and forgotten to take its lid off’


    SYNONYMS

    detach, remove, pull off

    cut off, clip off, hack off, chop off, prune off, nip off

    extract, sever, separate

    ANTONYMS

    leave on

    2‘she took off her clothes and folded them carefully’


    SYNONYMS

    remove, doff, divest oneself of, shed, strip off, pull off, peel off, climb out of, slip out of, shrug off, throw off, cast off, fling off, fling aside, discard

    ANTONYMS

    put on

    3‘it might help to take a pound or two off the price’


    SYNONYMS

    deduct, subtract, take away, remove

    take something on

    1‘he took on additional responsibility’


    SYNONYMS

    undertake, accept, take on oneself, tackle, turn one's hand to, adopt, assume, shoulder, embrace, acquire, carry, bear, support

    informal

    have a go at

    2‘in this polarized society, even the narrowest psychological study took on political meaning’


    SYNONYMS

    acquire, assume, come to have, come by

    ANTONYMS

    abandon, give up

    take something over

    ‘she took over the editorship in 1989’


    SYNONYMS

    assume control of, take control of, gain control of, take charge of, take command of, assume responsibility for

    assume, acquire, gain, appropriate, be elevated to

    take someone/something out

    ‘they were taken out by a sniper’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    kill, murder, assassinate, put to death, do away with, put an end to, get rid of, dispatch, execute, finish off, eliminate, exterminate, terminate

    destroy, obliterate, annihilate

    informal

    do in, bump off, rub out, wipe out, hit, mow down, top

    literary

    slay

    take someone out

    ‘the very first night he took her out, Frank proposed to her’


    SYNONYMS

    go out with, escort, partner, accompany, go with

    romance, court, woo, go courting with

    informal

    date, see, go steady with

    take something out

    ‘that tooth will need to be taken out’


    SYNONYMS

    extract, remove, pull, pull out, yank out, tug out, pluck out, prise out, separate, detach, draw

    British informal

    hoick out

    ANTONYMS

    put in

    take one's time

    ‘he took his time going through the papers’


    SYNONYMS

    go slowly, not hurry, be leisurely, proceed in a leisurely fashion, dally, dawdle, delay, linger, go at a snail's pace, drag one's feet, waste time, while away time, kill time

    informal

    dilly-dally

    archaic, literary

    tarry

    ANTONYMS

    hurry, rush

    take something up

    1‘we took up our bags and left’


    SYNONYMS

    pick up, grab, scoop up, gather up, snatch up, swoop up

    carry

    lift up, raise, uplift, heft, heave, elevate

    ANTONYMS

    put down, drop

    2‘in the thirties he took up abstract painting’


    SYNONYMS

    become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow

    begin, start

    formal

    commence

    ANTONYMS

    give up, drop

    3‘she found that the meetings took up all her time’


    SYNONYMS

    consume, fill, absorb, use, use up, occupy

    cover, extend over

    waste, squander, go through

    4‘her cousin took up the story’


    SYNONYMS

    resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to

    5‘he had decided to take up their offer of employment’


    SYNONYMS

    accept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain

    ANTONYMS

    refuse

    6‘you'll need to take the skirt up an inch or two’


    SYNONYMS

    shorten, make shorter, turn up

    raise, lift, make higher

    take to

    1‘after being mugged a few months back, he had taken to carrying his money in different parts of his clothing’


    SYNONYMS

    make a habit of, resort to, turn to, have recourse to, begin, start

    formal

    commence

    ANTONYMS

    stop

    2‘Ruth took to Mrs Taylor the moment she opened the door’


    SYNONYMS

    develop a liking for, like, get on with, become friendly with

    informal

    take a shine to

    ANTONYMS

    dislike

    3‘the dog has really taken to hurdles racing’


    SYNONYMS

    become good at, develop an ability for, develop an aptitude for, be suitable for

    develop a liking for, like, enjoy, become interested in

    take up with

    ‘she took up with a middle-aged art historian’


    SYNONYMS

    become friendly with, become friends with, go around with, go along with, fall in with, join up with, string along with, get involved with, start seeing

    informal

    knock about with, knock around with, hang around with, hang out with

    British informal

    hang about with