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Definition of the verb take in

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  1. provide with shelter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2]Success requires hard work
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2] from [Source]Success requires hard work from us
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, arbitrary control with -ing]Success requires working long hours
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, for-complement clause]Success requires for us to work hard
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, that-complement clause]Success requires that we work hard

      Require Verbs (with the same syntax): demand, involve, necessitate, need, require, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: domiciliate / house / put up = provide housing for
  2. fool or hoax
  3. suck or take up or in
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • synonym of take in: absorb
    • more specific terms: suck in / suck = attract by using an inexorable force, inducement, etc.
  4. visit for entertainment
    • example: take in the sights
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: see / visit = go to see a place, as for entertainment
  5. call for and obtain payment of
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of take in: collect
    • more generic word: take = take into one's possession
    • more specific words:
      • farm = collect fees or profits
      • raise = collect funds for a specific purpose
  6. see or watch
    • example: Sam and Sue take in the movie
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of take in: catch / see / view / watch
    • more generic word: watch = look attentively
    • more specific words:
      • visualise / visualize = view the outline of by means of an X-ray
      • spectate = be a spectator in a sports event
      • preview = watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
  7. express willingness to have in one's home or environs
    • example: Sam cannot take in Sue
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of take in: invite / receive
    • more specific words:
      • welcome = receive someone, as into one's house
      • absorb = assimilate or take in
      • see = receive as a specified guest
      • assume = take up someone's soul into heaven
      • induct = admit as a member
  8. fold up
    • example: take in the sails
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of take in: gather in
    • more generic terms: furl / roll up = form into a cylinder by rolling
    • more specific words:
      • incorporate = unite or merge with something already in existence
      • coal = take in coal
  9. take up mentally
  10. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
  11. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of take in: catch / overhear
    • more generic word: hear = perceive (sound) via the auditory sense
    • entailment: listen = hear with intention
  12. accept
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of take in: take up
    • more generic words: have / receive = get something
    • more specific word: fuel = take in fuel, as of a ship
  13. take in, also metaphorically
  14. take up as if with a sponge
  15. serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  16. take into one's family
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of take in: adopt
    • more generic word: take = take into one's possession
  17. make (clothes) smaller
    • example: Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: let out
    • more generic words: alter / change / vary = become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

Alternative definition of the verb take in


  1. [idiomatic] To deceive; to hoodwink.
  2. To foster or adopt a child informally.
  3. To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.
  4. To absorb or comprehend.
  5. To receive into your home for the purpose of processing for a fee.
  6. To subscribe to home delivery of.
  7. To attend a showing of.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Take in

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Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewifes Companion ... (1723)

by John Nott

boil some Butter and when it breaks in the middle, put in some Mustard, an Onion cut small, Sorrel, Sallary and Spinage cut large, let it boil abouta Quarter of an Hour stirring it often; then take in some Flour with one Hand, and some of the ...

Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

take inhand whaawhaa. take in quantities ao. take leave ofporoaki ...

Google previewA Dictionary Of The Malayan Language, In 2 Parts, Malayan and English And English and Malayan (1812)

by William Marsden

Koo, memangkii to take in the lap. (Vid. parigkü.) Joe. memanggal to cut or chop off. (Wid. Jo; panggal) Jo... mcmanggil to call, summon. (Vid. Jo panggil.) ...

Google previewA dictionary of quotations from various authors in ancient and modern languages (1831)

by Hugh Moore

Show, when in adversity, that you possess resolution and courage ; and when your sails are filled with too prosperous gales, be wisely ready to take in a reef." The latter part, in metaphorical language, cautions us not to permit ourselves to be ...

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There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. (Niccolo Machiavelli)
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