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rapey usage example[edit]

the usage example of took (in the sexual sense) is both weirdly and inappropriately rape-y, and also not very clear. I suggest replacement by "the husband took his wife for the first time".

Additional English definition[edit]

Can another definition be added: to "take" a photograph? 05:00, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Done; there was a redundant and incorrect definition in the list anyway. --EncycloPetey 05:13, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

"Take" as "Consider"[edit]

"Take safety serious" ... or is that "take safety seriously"?

Looks like an additional meaning of "take". Cheers, Stefan


I suggest a definition for take-or-pay. See, between others, this--Mac 09:37, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. I have put this on the requested entries English page WT:REE. DCDuring TALK 10:28, 25 September 2008 (UTC)


Free scholarly article about "take". DCDuring TALK 20:24, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Another def?[edit]

I would add this myself, but I'm not sure if it merits inclusion or is just a shortening of "take for a ride" or "take (someone) for all (they're) worth" (the last one doesn't appear to have an entry, I'm not even sure what the entry title would be with the pronouns in parentheses like "(someone)") E.g., "Pinkett angry that George betrayed trust, took him for $100K." And then the news story rephrases it as "Randal Pinkett told of getting ripped off for $100,000." In case using "take" in this sense (on its own) has enough "currency," it could be added. Neitrāls vārds (talk) 08:21, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done at take for. Neitrāls vārds (talk) 11:00, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

include in a course of travel[edit]

Century has "To include in a course, as of travel; visit." with a citation of Penn's Travels in Holland, etc: "Almost a year since, R. B. and B. F. took that city, in the way from Frederickstadt to Amsterdam, and gave them a visit." Are there more citations of this sense? - -sche (discuss) 19:12, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

Maybe these citations fit the Century sense: [1], [2], [3]. Einstein2 (talk) 19:28, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
Good finds, thank you! The Compendium of Useful Knowledge citation ("he left England; and, with a numerous army, passed through France, took in his way the island of Cyprus, from a christian prince; landed in Palestine; ...") seems like "seize or capture" instead, but the other two citations look good. I'll add the sense to the entry. - -sche (discuss) 20:10, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

other senses in Century[edit]

The 1914 Century also has:

  • an intransitive verb sense, marked obsolete, "to take place; occur; result", but their only citations of it are on Chaucer (Middle English) and one line in Fletcher's Humorous Lieutenant, iii.7, where it is easily taken as simple ellipsis: "Did I not tell you how 'twould take?"
  • an intransitive verb sense, marked obsolete, "to proceed; resume", their only citation of which is an apparently Middle English text that says "Now turne to our tale, take there we lefte."
  • a noun sense, marked obsolete, "that which takes: (a) a magic spell; a charm; an enchantment; (b) a sudden illness", with a citation of The Quack's Academy: "he has a take upon him, or is planet-struck"
  • a noun sense, "an appropriation or holding of land; a lease; especially, in coal mining, the area covered by a lease for mining purposes; a set" with a citation of Nineteenth Century, XIX, 912, "[...] with larger takes up to fourteen or fifteen acres in grass"

- -sche (discuss) 20:11, 11 June 2015 (UTC)