• WordNet 3.6
    • v partake consume "She didn't touch her food all night"
    • v partake have, give, or receive a share of "We shared the cake"
    • v partake have some of the qualities or attributes of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • partake To admit to a share; to cause to participate; to give a part to.
    • partake To distribute; to communicate.
    • Partake To have something of the properties, character, or office; -- usually followed by of. "The attorney of the Duchy of Lancaster partakes partly of a judge, and partly of an attorney-general."
    • partake To partake of; to have a part or share in; to share. "Let every one partake the general joy."
    • Partake To take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a share or part; to participate; to share; as, to partake of a feast with others. "Brutes partake in this faculty.""When I against myself with thee partake ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • partake To take or have a part, portion, or share in common with others; participate; share: used absolutely, or followed by of or in (also, rarely, by with) before the object shared: as, to partake of the bounties of Providence; to partake of refreshments.
    • partake To share in some degree the nature, character, functions, or peculiarities (of some other person or thing): followed by of.
    • partake To take sides; espouse the cause of another; make common cause.
    • partake Synonyms Partake, Participate, Share. There is not always a distinction among these words. Share is the most familiar, participate the least so. Partake is the most natural to apply to that which pleases or concerns chiefly the actor: as, to partake of food; to partake of the qualities of one's ancestors. Participate and share especially include other persons: as, to share another's pleasures, or participate in his griefs or joys. Participate may imply the most intimate community of possession or feeling, as is suggested by its being followed by in, not of. Share may have a direct object, or be followed by in.
    • partake To have a part in; share.
    • partake To admit to participation; invite or permit to share.
    • partake To distribute; communicate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Partake pär-tāk′ to take or have a part, either absolutely, or with of or in before the thing shared, as food, &c.: to have something of the nature or properties, &c.: to be admitted:
    • v.t Partake to have a part in: to share:
    • v.i Partake pär-tāk′ (Shak.) to make common cause
    • v.t Partake (Shak.) to communicate:—pr.p. partā′king; pa.t. partook′; pa.p. partā′ken
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  • Joseph Addison
    “To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Part, + take,


In literature:

My brain seemed to partake of the wild commotion.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
This being a sacred thing all are very anxious to partake of it.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
He was invited to partake of a feast, which Pauppukkeewiss ordered to be prepared for him.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
The country, inland, however, does not partake of the rugged nature of the cliffs.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
That the mother who nurses her child should partake of sufficient nourishment goes without saying.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
His theory, to a certain extent, partakes of the same notion.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
The instruments of this maker partake of the Ruggeri character.
"The Violin" by George Hart
He therefore killed a cow, cooked its flesh and invited the prisoners to partake of it.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
We took the floor and slept all night, and were roused next morning to partake of a first-rate breakfast.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
To these must be added the numerous sweets of which one has to partake freely before dinner.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

We of that Altar would partake,
But cannot quit the cost—no throne
Is ours, to leave for Thy dear sake -
We cannot do as Thou hast done.
"Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
And thus she roamed
In the roamings of her fan,
Partaking of the sea,
And of the evening,
As they flowed around
And uttered their subsiding sound.
"Infanta Marina" by Wallace Stevens
A. It is the bread and wine, our blessed Lord
Commanded us to take, for his dear sake,
When we his Body and his Blood record,
And of that Soul-sufficing food partake.
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Born for us, and for us given;
Son of man, like us below,
He, as Man with men, abiding
Dwells, the seed of life to sow:
He, our heavy griefs partaking,
Thus fulfils His life of woe.
"Sing, My Tongue, the Saviour's Glory" by Thomas Aquinas
On country morningd sharp and clear
The penitent in faith draw near
And kneeling here below
Partake the heavenly banquet spread
Of sacramental Wine and Bread
And Jesus' presence know.
"Verses Turned..." by Sir John Betjeman
Oh! to work such a change — by God's grace to recall
A poor soul from the death-sleep! To this!
To this joy that the angels partake, what were all
That the worldly and sensual call bliss?
"Gracious Rain" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey

In news:

Schoenberg loved partaking of the stew of history, continually reworking old pieces for new ensembles, often changing the original a great deal.
Many return annually to enjoy fall and partake in seasonal activities.
In the last couple of years, the number of people partaking in snowshoeing —a low-impact, cardio-beneficial form of snow recreation—has increased dra.
Drak's previous label, Vinyl Dog, required you partake in all three.
For those who don't want to partake in turkey testicles , there's pizza, Italian beef and Italian sausage.
It was a song that the duo wrote while they were "partaking" backstage prior to a performance at a coffee house.
This evening in Jeffersonville, your family can partake in Halloween Downtown.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Ameren's proposed advanced meters, but the company is partaking in only a metered celebration.
The other day I'm partaking of these new, cocoa-covered almonds that are a revelation in both food engineering, and sweet but not too sweet.
The eleventh installment of Art Basel has thus far been one big party, with both celebrities and fashion heavy hitters partaking in the fun.
Verizon, AT&T, Google Partake of Broadband Speed Race.
The school recently chose to partake in the "One School, One Book" reading program — a practice designed to create a community reading experience within a school.
More than a dozen stores around downtown will be partaking in "Plaid Friday.".
If there is one thing the holiday season is good for, it's getting to partake in many delicious, yet terribly unhealthy, food and drinks.
The death of a loved one to cancer is why most people partake in the annual Relay for Life fundraising event.

In science:

This “collective model” (so named because many nucleons partake in an orderly way in the motion) of Bohr and Mottelson has been extremely successful in accounting for many spectroscopic data (Bohr and Mottelson, 1969).
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
Hence one data transmission in TREAN protocol partake one fourth contention overhead and one fourth backoff overhead, which is less than one contention overhead and one backoff overhead per data transmission in CSMA/CA protocol.
A++ Random Access for Two-way Relaying in Wireless Networks
An Astrophysical Virtual Observatory would allow all European astronomers to partake in, and utilize, the technological advances of the future internet (GRID) initiatives that have already been recognized by the EC as critical to the development of the European Research Area.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
Armin B¨ohrer reported on D∗ rates versus pseudorapidity, η , transverse momentum of the D∗ , pD∗ T , momentum fraction of the photon partaking in the hard interaction, xγ , visible γ γ center-ofmass energy, Wvis and e+e− center-of-mass energy, √s .
Multi-hadron Final States
The question then arises: what are the frames F for which this statement is true? Einstein specifies an observer at a pole of the Earth, that is one that does not partake of the rotational motion of the Earth and a clock at the equator that does.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper