take in


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take in make (clothes) smaller "Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight"
    • v take in take into one's family "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
    • v take in take up mentally "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
    • v take in fool or hoax "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone","You can't fool me!"
    • v take in serve oneself to, or consume regularly "Have another bowl of chicken soup!","I don't take sugar in my coffee"
    • v take in take up as if with a sponge
    • v take in fold up "take in the sails"
    • v take in express willingness to have in one's home or environs "The community warmly received the refugees"
    • v take in take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
    • v take in accept "The cloth takes up the liquid"
    • v take in see or watch "view a show on television","This program will be seen all over the world","view an exhibition","Catch a show on Broadway","see a movie"
    • v take in hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
    • v take in call for and obtain payment of "we collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts","he collected the rent"
    • v take in earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages "How much do you make a month in your new job?","She earns a lot in her new job","this merger brought in lots of money","He clears $5,000 each month"
    • v take in visit for entertainment "take in the sights"
    • v take in provide with shelter
    • v take in suck or take up or in "A black star absorbs all matter"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year
    • Take in to enclose, to embrace: to receive: to contract, to furl, as a sail: to comprehend: to accept as true: to cheat:
    • Take in (Shak.) to conquer
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  • Anthony Robbins
    “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”
  • Tom Fatjo
    Tom Fatjo
    “I remember committing myself to make it in the garbage business, whatever it takes!”
  • Francois FeNelon
    “Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Take the tone of the company you are in.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Taking it all in all, I find it is more trouble to watch after money than to get it.”
  • Muhammad Ali
    “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”


Take it in your stride - If you take something in your stride, you deal with it even though it is difficult or unpleasant without letting it bother or upset you.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.


In literature:

Union takes place in from four to six weeks in adults, and in from three to four weeks in children.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Take steps of ten inches in quicktime, twelve inches in double time.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Other fat is tried out in the same way, taking care to remove all skin and cut away streaks of lean.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
In short, he takes an intelligent interest in his customer's business, and co-operates with him in building up a local coffee trade.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
If he takes in hand anything of the kind he must say good-by to me.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
And he was clever enough to rouse admiration everywhere, and to take in his wife sufficiently.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It's something which will take in every manufactory of any importance in the country.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
What standpoint are we to take in the sexual domain, which is free from prejudice, with regard to true human morality?
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
I couldn't possibly "take" in such disgusting weather.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Rosie had been early to the door to take in the milk, and Sweetapple was going by.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King

In poetry:

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
"My Psalm" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A little baby went to sleep
One night in his white bed,
And the moon came by to take a peep
At the little baby head.
"A Secret" by John Charles McNeill
This badge of the Loyal Legion
We placed upon her breast,
As she lay in her little coffin
Taking her last sweet rest.
"A Little Child Shall Lead Them" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Yes, the sweet Gardener hath borne her hence,
Nor must thou ask to take her thence away;
Thou shalt behold her in some coming hour,
Full-blossomed in his fields of cloudless day.
""Lines. . ."" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
His gaze through the bars forever going by him
Has grown so dulled it takes in nothing else.
To him it seems a thousand bars go by him,
That behind the thousand bars there is nothing else.
"The Panther" by John Hall Wheelock
An' I'll lay there in the palm shade, an' take my ease all day,
An' look across the harbour to the shippin' in the bay,
An' watch the workin' sailormen — the bloomin' same as me,
In the workin' Western Ocean, afore I left the sea.
"The Packet Rat" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

5 scenic views to take in before the snow starts falling.
Here's 5 scenic views to take in before the snow starts falling.
Aiken organizations to take in rescued animals from puppy mill.
Rihanna Skipped People's Choice Awards to Take in Basketball Game.
5 Fun Fashion Risks to Take in 2012.
Students step out to take in books.
Learning To Take In Life's Beautiful Moments.
Son's pitch to ailing dad to take in a game becomes gift for both.
Consensus is forming on what steps to take in cutting the deficit.
What's It Going to Take in 2012.
Chase Hounshell to take in spring practice at CMU.
Walls hopeful to take in Clemson Junior Day.
The city could take in about $58,500 in revenue during the first year if it approves a wakeboarding park at Lake Tye.
So Saturday night in Arlington, I settled into a seat at the 50- yard-line to take in Mozart's "The Magic Flute.".
Isadore Hall III, a state assemblyman for the past four years, was unopposed in a newly carved district that takes in part of the South Bay for the first time.

In science:

The vertical segments correspond to the values that the normalized heights of a vertex can take in a tiling.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings
Fixed n and α, (49) is verified if we take ω in an appropriate ǫ-neighborhood of k .
Action minimizing orbits in the n-body problem with simple choreography constraint
Then formula (2.1) takes in this setup the form εn,ω = µω εn+1,T ω .
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
The duality relation takes in these variables the form f (ǫ, z )f (−ǫ, z ) = 1 − z 2 , from which one obtains at critical concentration ǫ = 0 the exact value f (0, z ) = p1 − z 2 .
On universality of conductivity of planar random self-dual systems
By taking infimum over all function f ∈ A(eg , τ ) in (2.5) we get µ(eg , τ ) > −∞ for any τ > 0 and the lemma follows.
A simple proof on the non-existence of shrinking breathers for the Ricci flow