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taking ‎(comparative more taking, superlative most taking)

  1. alluring; attractive.
    • Fuller
      subtile in making his temptations most taking
  2. (obsolete) infectious; contagious
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)



taking ‎(countable and uncountable, plural takings)

  1. 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.
  2. (uncountable) A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
  3. (uncountable) An apprehension.
  4. (countable) That which has been gained.
    Count the shop's takings.
  5. (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.




  1. present participle of take
    • 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, Prologue:
      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.

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