take in

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take in (third-person singular simple present takes in, present participle taking in, simple past took in, past participle taken in)

  1. (transitive) To absorb or comprehend.
    The news is a lot to take in right now.
    I was so sleepy that I hardly took in any of the lecture.
  2. (transitive) To allow a person or an animal to live in one's home.
    take in a stray cat
  3. (transitive) To receive (goods) into one's home for the purpose of processing for a fee.
    In hard times, some women would take in washing and others dressmaking repairs.
  4. (transitive) To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.
    Try taking the skirt in a little around the waist.
  5. To attend a showing of.
    take in a show
    take in a movie
  6. To deceive; to hoodwink.
  7. (transitive, climbing) To tighten (a belaying rope). (Also take up.)
  8. (obsolete) To subscribe to home delivery of.
    • 1844 January 23, cross-examination in the case of R v Daniel O'Connell, et al., reprinted in, 1844, John Flanedy, editor, A Special Report of the Proceedings in the Case of the Queen against Daniel O'Connell [] on an Indictment for Conspiracy and Misdemeanour, page 218 [1]:
      [James Whiteside:] May I ask what newspaper you take in? [John Jolly:] I take in no newspaper.
      [James Whiteside:] Well, then, what newspapers do you read? [John Jolly:] I am glad to see any of them.


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