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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Take \Take\, v. t. [imp. {Took}; p. p. {Takend}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth.
      t[c7]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.]
      1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the
            hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or
            possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to
            convey. Hence, specifically:
            (a) To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get
                  the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection
                  to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make
                  prisoner; as, to take am army, a city, or a ship;
                  also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack;
                  to seize; -- said of a disease, misfortune, or the
                           This man was taken of the Jews.   --Acts xxiii.
                           Men in their loose, unguarded hours they take;
                           Not that themselves are wise, but others weak.
                           They that come abroad after these showers are
                           commonly taken with sickness.      --Bacon.
                           There he blasts the tree and takes the cattle
                           And makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak.
            (b) To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to
                  captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
                           Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
                                                                              --Prov. vi.
                           Cleombroutus was so taken with this prospect,
                           that he had no patience.               --Wake.
                           I know not why, but there was a something in
                           those half-seen features, -- a charm in the very
                           shadow that hung over their imagined beauty, --
                           which took me more than all the outshining
                           loveliness of her companions.      --Moore.
            (c) To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to
                  have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
                           Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my
                           son. And Jonathan was taken.         --1 Sam. xiv.
                           The violence of storming is the course which God
                           is forced to take for the destroying . . . of
                           sinners.                                       --Hammond.
            (d) To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to
                  require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat.
                           This man always takes time . . . before he
                           passes his judgments.                  --I. Watts.
            (e) To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to
                  picture; as, to take picture of a person.
                           Beauty alone could beauty take so right.
            (f) To draw; to deduce; to derive. [R.]
                           The firm belief of a future judgment is the most
                           forcible motive to a good life, because taken
                           from this consideration of the most lasting
                           happiness and misery.                  --Tillotson.
            (g) To assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit
                  to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to;
                  to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest,
                  revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a
                  resolution; -- used in general senses, limited by a
                  following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as,
                  to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say.
            (h) To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
            (i) To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand
                  over; as, he took the book to the bindery.
                           He took me certain gold, I wot it well.
            (k) To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; -- with from; as,
                  to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
      2. In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to
            endure; to acknowledge; to accept. Specifically:
            (a) To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to
                  refuse or reject; to admit.
                           Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a
                           murderer.                                    --Num. xxxv.
                           Let not a widow be taken into the number under
                           threescore.                                 --1 Tim. v.
            (b) To receive as something to be eaten or dronk; to
                  partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
            (c) Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to
                  clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
            (d) To bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to;
                  to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will
                  take an affront from no man.
            (e) To admit, as, something presented to the mind; not to
                  dispute; to allow; to accept; to receive in thought;
                  to entertain in opinion; to understand; to interpret;
                  to regard or look upon; to consider; to suppose; as,
                  to take a thing for granted; this I take to be man's
                  motive; to take men for spies.
                           You take me right.                        --Bacon.
                           Charity, taken in its largest extent, is nothing
                           else but the science love of God and our
                           neighbor.                                    --Wake.
                           [He] took that for virtue and affection which
                           was nothing but vice in a disguise. --South.
                           You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl.
            (f) To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept;
                  to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with;
                  -- used in general senses; as, to take a form or
                           I take thee at thy word.               --Rowe.
                           Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command; . . .
                           Not take the mold.                        --Dryden.
      {To be taken aback}, {To take advantage of}, {To take air},
            etc. See under {Aback}, {Advantage}, etc.
      {To take aim}, to direct the eye or weapon; to aim.
      {To take along}, to carry, lead, or convey.
      {To take arms}, to commence war or hostilities.
      {To take away}, to carry off; to remove; to cause deprivation
            of; to do away with; as, a bill for taking away the votes
            of bishops. [bd]By your own law, I take your life
            away.[b8] --Dryden.
      {To take breath}, to stop, as from labor, in order to breathe
            or rest; to recruit or refresh one's self.
      {To take care}, to exercise care or vigilance; to be
            solicitous. [bd]Doth God take care for oxen?[b8] --1 Cor.
            ix. 9.
      {To take care of}, to have the charge or care of; to care
            for; to superintend or oversee.
      {To take down}.
            (a) To reduce; to bring down, as from a high, or higher,
                  place; as, to take down a book; hence, to bring lower;
                  to depress; to abase or humble; as, to take down
                  pride, or the proud. [bd]I never attempted to be
                  impudent yet, that I was not taken down.[b8]
            (b) To swallow; as, to take down a potion.
            (c) To pull down; to pull to pieces; as, to take down a
                  house or a scaffold.
            (d) To record; to write down; as, to take down a man's
                  words at the time he utters them.
      {To take effect}, {To take fire}. See under {Effect}, and
      {To take ground to the right} [or] {to the left} (Mil.), to
            extend the line to the right or left; to move, as troops,
            to the right or left.
      {To take heart}, to gain confidence or courage; to be
      {To take heed}, to be careful or cautious. [bd]Take heed what
            doom against yourself you give.[b8] --Dryden.
      {To take heed to}, to attend with care, as, take heed to thy
      {To take hold of}, to seize; to fix on.
      {To take horse}, to mount and ride a horse.
      {To take in}.
            (a) To inclose; to fence.
            (b) To encompass or embrace; to comprise; to comprehend.
            (c) To draw into a smaller compass; to contract; to brail
                  or furl; as, to take in sail.
            (d) To cheat; to circumvent; to gull; to deceive.
            (e) To admit; to receive; as, a leaky vessel will take in
            (f) To win by conquest. [Obs.]
                           For now Troy's broad-wayed town He shall take
                           in.                                             --Chapman.
            (g) To receive into the mind or understanding. [bd]Some
                  bright genius can take in a long train of
                  propositions.[b8] --I. Watts.
            (h) To receive regularly, as a periodical work or
                  newspaper; to take. [Eng.]
      {To take in hand}. See under {Hand}.
      {To take in vain}, to employ or utter as in an oath. [bd]Thou
            shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.[b8]
            --Ex. xx. 7.
      {To take issue}. See under {Issue}.
      {To take leave}. See {Leave}, n., 2.
      {To take a newspaper}, {magazine}, or the like, to receive it
            regularly, as on paying the price of subscription.
      {To take notice}, to observe, or to observe with particular
      {To take notice of}. See under {Notice}.
      {To take oath}, to swear with solemnity, or in a judicial
      {To take off}.
            (a) To remove, as from the surface or outside; to remove
                  from the top of anything; as, to take off a load; to
                  take off one's hat.
            (b) To cut off; as, to take off the head, or a limb.
            (c) To destroy; as, to take off life.
            (d) To remove; to invalidate; as, to take off the force of
                  an argument.
            (e) To withdraw; to call or draw away. --Locke.
            (f) To swallow; as, to take off a glass of wine.
            (g) To purchase; to take in trade. [bd]The Spaniards
                  having no commodities that we will take off.[b8]
            (h) To copy; to reproduce. [bd]Take off all their models
                  in wood.[b8] --Addison.
            (i) To imitate; to mimic; to personate.
            (k) To find place for; to dispose of; as, more scholars
                  than preferments can take off. [R.] --Bacon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Took \Took\,
      imp. of {Take}.
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