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  • enPR: to͝ok, IPA(key): /tʊk/
  • (file)
  • (now regional) IPA(key): /tuːk/[1]
  • Rhymes: -ʊk



  1. simple past tense of take
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess[1]:
      When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him.
  2. (now colloquial or dialectal) past participle of take
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene v], page 259:
      A gracious perſon ; But yet I cannot loue him : / He might have tooke his anſwer long ago
    • 1842 December – 1844 July, Charles Dickens, “Showing what became of Martin and his desperate resolve [] ”, in The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, London: Chapman and Hall, [], published 1844, OCLC 977517776, page 165:
      "There you're right," said Bill, "especially as it was all in paper, and he might have took care of it so very easy, by folding it up into a small parcel."
    • 2012 November 11 [1981], “Now that I'm married...”, in Angela McRobbie, Trisha McCabe, editors, Feminism for Girls: An Adventure Story[2], Routledge, →ISBN, page 104:
      Linda: It was being there — if you could have took the work home I would have been alright, but being there, people watching over you, you know, you couldn't do anything wrong.


  1. ^ Took” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 509, column 2.