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- alluring; attractive.
- subtile in making his temptations most taking
- 1909, Frank Sidgwick, Love and battles, page 291:
- The gentleman had left for London after lunch. Yes, alone; but he had lunched in the hotel with a lady. A young lady. A very taking young lady. She called him uncle. But walked away in another direction as his cab started. The porter's eye was beginning to twinkle; […]
- (obsolete) infectious; contagious
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
- The act by which something is taken.
- 2010, Ian Ayres, Optional Law: The Structure of Legal Entitlements, page 75:
- Second, they argue that giving the original owner a take-back option might lead to an infinite sequence of takings and retakings if the exercise price for the take-back option (i.e., the damages assessed at each round) is set too low.
- (uncountable) A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
- (uncountable) A state of apprehension.
- 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 102:
- 'Poor soul - she was quite in a taking. You see, she'd opened the door to the next compartment by mistake.'
- (countable) That which has been gained.
- Count the shop's takings.
- (in the plural) The cash or money received (taken) by a shop or other business; receipts.
- Fred was concerned because the takings from his sweetshop had fallen again for the third week.
- present participle of
- 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square, OCLC 16832619, page 16:
- Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging. […] He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.