Synonyms for (noun) take


the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption

proceeds, return, yield, payoff, take, takings, issue

the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

the average return was about 5%


Synonyms for (verb) take

take, contract, get

be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

He got AIDS; She came down with pneumonia; She took a chill

LESS SPECIFIC: sicken, come down


ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial

take a pulse; A reading was taken of the earth's tremors

LESS SPECIFIC: incur, get, obtain, receive, find

acquire, adopt, assume, take, take on

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

His voice took on a sad tone; The story took a new turn; he adopted an air of superiority; She assumed strange manners; The gods assume human or animal form in these fables



be seized or affected in a specified way

take sick; be taken drunk

LESS SPECIFIC: become, go, get

read, take

interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression

I read this address as a satire; How should I take this message?; You can't take credit for this!

LESS SPECIFIC: construe, see, interpret

take, submit

accept or undergo, often unwillingly

We took a pay cut


select, choose, take, pick out

pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

Take any one of these cards; Choose a good husband for your daughter; She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her

take, look at, consider, deal

take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

Take the case of China; Consider the following case

LESS SPECIFIC: think about

exact, claim, take

take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

the accident claimed three lives; The hard work took its toll on her

claim, take

lay claim to; as of an idea

She took credit for the whole idea

LESS SPECIFIC: swan, swear, verify, affirm, assert, aver, avow

take, shoot, film

make a film or photograph of something

take a scene; shoot a movie

LESS SPECIFIC: record, put down, enter


obtain by winning

Winner takes all; He took first prize


aim, direct, take, take aim, train

point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

Please don't aim at your little brother!; He trained his gun on the burglar; Don't train your camera on the women; Take a swipe at one's opponent


have, take

have sex with; archaic use

He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable


travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route

He takes the bus to work; She takes Route 1 to Newark

LESS SPECIFIC: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply

drive, take

proceed along in a vehicle

We drive the turnpike to work

strike, take, take up, assume

occupy or take on

He assumes the lotus position; She took her seat on the stage; We took our seats in the orchestra; She took up her position behind the tree; strike a pose


take, make

head into a specified direction

The escaped convict took to the hills; We made for the mountains


bring, convey, take

take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

Bring me the box from the other room; Take these letters to the boss; This brings me to the main point

LESS SPECIFIC: transport, carry


experience or feel or submit to

Take a test; Take the plunge

LESS SPECIFIC: receive, experience, get, have


buy, select

I'll take a pound of that sausage

LESS SPECIFIC: purchase, buy

charter, take, lease, hire, engage, rent

engage for service under a term of contract

We took an apartment on a quiet street; Let's rent a car; Shall we take a guide in Rome?

LESS SPECIFIC: acquire, get

subscribe, subscribe to, take

receive or obtain regularly

We take the Times every day

LESS SPECIFIC: purchase, buy

have, take, accept

receive willingly something given or offered

The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter; I won't have this dog in my house!; Please accept my present

LESS SPECIFIC: acquire, get

accept, admit, take, take on

admit into a group or community

accept students for graduate study; We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member

LESS SPECIFIC: have, take, accept

take, occupy, use up

require (time or space)

It took three hours to get to work this morning; This event occupied a very short time

LESS SPECIFIC: expend, use

fill, occupy, take

assume, as of positions or roles

She took the job as director of development; he occupies the position of manager; the young prince will soon occupy the throne

LESS SPECIFIC: do work, work


carry out

take action; take steps; take vengeance

LESS SPECIFIC: move, act

hold, take, contain

be capable of holding or containing

This box won't take all the items; The flask holds one gallon


take, carry, pack

have with oneself; have on one's person

She always takes an umbrella; I always carry money; She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains

LESS SPECIFIC: feature, have

accept, take

be designed to hold or take

This surface will not take the dye