Synonyms of take in English:


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1‘Anna smiled as she took his hand’

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


2‘he took an envelope from his inside pocket’

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


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

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

4‘she took a little wine with her dinner’

drink, imbibe
consume, swallow, eat, ingest

5‘many thousands of prisoners were taken’

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

free, liberate

6‘these thieving toerags have taken my car’

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


7‘take the bottom number from the total’

subtract, deduct, remove, take away, take off
informal knock off, minus


8‘all the seats had been taken’

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

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

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

10‘I decided to take the job’

accept, take up, take on, undertake


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

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

refuse, turn down

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

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’’

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’

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

15‘she started to take notes’

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’

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

17‘she let the priest take her home’

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’

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

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

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

20‘she took the prize for best individual speaker’

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’

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

miss, ignore

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

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’

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

24‘do you take me for a fool?’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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’

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

33‘I take size 3 in shoes’

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’

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


1‘the whalers' commercial take’

catch, haul, bag, yield, net

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

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’

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

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

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


    take something down

    1‘the policeman took down her particulars’

    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’

    remove, dismantle, disassemble, unfasten, separate, take apart, take to pieces, take out, disconnect
    demolish, tear down, level, raze

    leave in place

    3‘they insisted he take down the flag’

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

    pull up, haul up

    take one's time

    ‘he took his time going through the papers’

    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

    hurry, rush

    take someone on

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

    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’

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

    fire, dismiss

    take something apart

    ‘we took the machines apart several times’

    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

    put together, assemble

    take someone back

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

    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’

    be reconciled to, forgive, pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve
    accept back, welcome, receive
    let bygones be bygones, forgive and forget, bury the hatchet
    take something out

    ‘that tooth will need to be taken out’

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

    put in

    take something over

    ‘she took over the editorship in 1989’

    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 off

    ‘he takes off the Prime Minister very well’

    mimic, impersonate, imitate, ape, parody, mock, caricature, satirize, burlesque, lampoon, ridicule
    spoof, do, send up
    take a seat

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

    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 someone or something out

    ‘they were taken out by a sniper’

    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 something back

    1‘I take back every word I said’

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

    stand by

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

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

    keep, hang on to

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

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

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

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

    give away, cede

    take something on

    1‘he took on additional responsibility’

    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’

    acquire, assume, come to have, come by

    abandon, give up

    take someone by surprise

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

    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 up

    1‘we took up our bags and left’

    pick up, grab, scoop up, gather up, snatch up, swoop up
    lift up, raise, uplift, heft, heave, elevate

    put down, drop

    2‘in the thirties he took up abstract painting’

    become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow
    begin, start
    formal commence

    give up, drop

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

    consume, fill, absorb, use, use up, occupy
    cover, extend over
    waste, squander, go through

    4‘her cousin took up the story’

    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’

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


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

    shorten, make shorter, turn up
    raise, lift, make higher
    take someone or something apart

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

    criticize, attack, censure, condemn, denigrate, find fault with, pillory, maul, lambast, flay, savage
    knock, slam, pan, bash, crucify, hammer, lay into, roast, skewer

    lavish praise on

    take something in hand

    ‘the time has come to take matters in hand’

    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 someone in hand

    ‘someone has to take him in hand’

    control, have authority over, be in charge of, direct, preside over, lead, dominate, master
    reform, improve, correct, change, make better, rehabilitate
    take against

    ‘Bernard soon took against the idea’

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

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

    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, hang about with
    take oneself off

    ‘I took myself off to the office’

    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

    stay put

    take after

    ‘Jenny takes after her mother’

    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 someone out

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

    go out with, escort, partner, accompany, go with
    romance, court, woo, go courting with
    informal date, see, go steady with
    take off

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

    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

    stay put

    2‘the plane took off’

    become airborne, leave the ground, take to the air, take wing
    be launched, lift off, blast off

    land, touch down

    3‘the idea really took off’

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

    fail, flop

    take to

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

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


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

    develop a liking for, like, get on with, become friendly with
    informal take a shine to


    3‘the dog has really taken to hurdles racing’

    become good at, develop an ability for, develop an aptitude for, be suitable for
    develop a liking for, like, enjoy, become interested in
    take on

    ‘don't take on so!’

    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

    keep calm

    take someone in

    1‘Mrs Smith took in paying guests’

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

    turn someone away

    2‘you were taken in by an elaborate trick’

    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 it out of

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

    exhaust, drain, enervate, tire, fatigue, wear out, weary, debilitate, jade
    informal fag out, whack, bush, knacker, poop
    take something in

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

    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’

    include, encompass, embrace, contain, comprise, cover, incorporate, embody, comprehend, subsume, envelop
    digest, assimilate
    admit, hold
    take something off

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

    detach, remove, pull off
    cut off, clip off, hack off, chop off, prune off, nip off
    extract, sever, separate

    leave on

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

    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

    put on

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

    deduct, subtract, take away, remove