Synonyms of take
1 gripDictionary • He took her by the shoulders and shook her.
grip • She gripped his hand tightly.
grab • I managed to grab her hand.
seize • an otter seizing a fish
catch • He knelt beside her and caught her hand in both of his.
clutch • She was clutching a photograph in her hand.
get hold of
clasp • Mary clasped the children to her desperately.
take hold of
lay hold of
2 carryDictionary • I'll take these papers home and read them.
carry • He carried the plate through to the dining room.
bring • My father brought home a book for me.
bear • a surveyor and his assistant bearing a torch
transport • There's no petrol so it's difficult to transport goods.
ferry • They ferried in more soldiers to help with the search.
haul • A crane hauled the car out of the stream.
convey • They borrowed our boats to convey themselves across the river.
fetch • She fetched a towel from the bathroom.
cart • I've been trying to reduce the amount of stuff I cart round with me.
3 accompanyDictionary • She was taken to hospital.
accompany • Ken agreed to accompany me on a trip to Africa.
lead • He led him into the house.
bring • I brought him inside and dried him off.
guide • He took the bewildered man by the arm and guided him out.
conduct • He asked if he might conduct us to the ball.
escort • I escorted him to the door.
convoy • He ordered the combined fleet to convoy troops to Naples.
usher • They were quickly ushered away.
hold (someone's) hand
4 removeDictionary • He took a handkerchief from his pocket.
remove • Remove the cake from the oven.
draw • They still have to draw their water from wells.
pull • Wes was in the yard pulling weeds when we drove up.
withdraw • Cassandra withdrew her hand from Roger's.
extract • He extracted a small notebook from his pocket.
abstract • The author has abstracted poems from earlier books.
5 stealDictionary • The burglars took just about anything they could carry.
steal • People who are drug addicts come in and steal stuff.
nick (slang, mainly British) • We used to nick biscuits from the kitchen.
appropriate • What do they think about your appropriating their music and culture?
pocket • He pocketed a wallet from the bedside of a dead man.
pinch (informal) • pickpockets who pinched his wallet
cabbage (British, slang)
swipe (slang) • People kept trying to swipe my copy of the New York Times.
knock off (slang)
run off with
walk off with
misappropriate • I have not misappropriated any funds whatsoever.
cart off (slang)
purloin • He was caught purloining books from the library.
filch • I filched some notes from his wallet.
help yourself to
gain possession of
, hand over
, give back
6 captureDictionary • Marines went in and took 15 prisoners.
capture • The police gave chase and captured him as he was trying to escape.
arrest • Seven people were arrested for minor offences.
seize • Men carrying sub-machine guns seized the five soldiers.
take into custody
ensnare • The spider must wait for the prey to be ensnared in its web.
entrap • The whale's mouth contains filters which entrap plankton.
lay hold of
, let go
7 tolerateDictionary • His rudeness was becoming hard to take.
tolerate • She can no longer tolerate the position that she's in.
stand • He hates vegetables and can't stand curry.
bear • He bore his sufferings manfully.
suffer • She doesn't suffer fools gladly and, in her view, most people are fools.
weather • The company has weathered the recession.
brave • She had to brave his anger and confess.
stomach • I could never stomach the cruelty involved in the wounding of animals.
endure • I simply can't endure another moment of her company.
undergo • New recruits have been undergoing training in recent weeks.
brook • The army will brook no weakening of its power.
hack (slang) • I can't hack all the violence
abide • I can't abide people who can't make up their minds.
put up with (informal)
withstand • A politician has to be able to withstand criticism from the Press.
countenance • He would not countenance his daughter marrying while she was still a student.
8 lastDictionary • The journey took a long time.
go on for
carry on for
run on for
keep on for
9 requireDictionary • Walking across the room took all her strength.
require • This requires thought, effort, and a certain ruthlessness.
need • The building needs quite a few repairs.
involve • Running a kitchen involves a great deal of discipline and speed.
demand • The task demands much patience and hard work.
entail • Such a decision would entail a huge risk.
necessitate • A prolonged drought had necessitated the introduction of water rationing.
10 acceptDictionary • When I took the job, I thought I could change the system.
accept • Everyone told me I should accept the job.
assume • He will assume the role of Chief Executive.
undertake • She undertook the arduous task of monitoring the elections.
adopt • Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
11 drawDictionary • The government will take comfort from the latest opinion poll.
draw • He draws two conclusions from this.
feel • He felt something was nearby.
know • Hire someone with experience, someone who knows about real estate.
experience • couples who have experienced the trauma of divorce
12 earnDictionary • The firm took £100,000 in bookings.
earn • The dancers can earn up to £130 for each session.
make • How much money did we make?
net • The state government expects to net about 1.46 billion rupees.
realize • A selection of correspondence from P.G. Wodehouse realized £1,232.
gross • So far the films have grossed nearly £290 million.
13 winDictionary • He took the gold medal in the 100 metres.
win • The first correct entry will win the prize.
land (informal) • He landed a place on the graduate training scheme.
bag (informal) • The smart ones will have already bagged their seats.
secure • His achievements helped him to secure the job.
collect • They collected donations for a fund to help the earthquake victims.
scoop (informal) • films which scooped awards around the world
be presented with
walk away or off with
14 receiveDictionary • She was reluctant to take all the credit.
receive • I received your letter.
get • The problem was how to get enough food.
accept • All old clothes will be gratefully accepted by the organizers.
gain • Students can gain valuable experience doing part-time work.
obtain • The perfect body has always been difficult to obtain.
15 respond to • He had taken the news badly.
meet • The current arrangements are inadequate to meet our needs.
receive • The proposals have been well received by many deputies.
greet • The European Court's decision has been greeted with dismay.
16 considerDictionary • Taken in isolation, these statements can be dangerous.
consider • Consider how much you can afford to pay.
study • I invite every citizen to carefully study the document.
examine • He examined her passport and stamped it.
contemplate • He lay in his hospital bed and cried as he contemplated his future.
ponder • He didn't waste time pondering the question.
mull over • He had been mulling over the idea of making a movie.
give thought to
17 understandDictionary • They've turned sensible, if you take my meaning.
understand • I think you understand my meaning.
follow • Can you follow the plot so far?
comprehend • I just cannot comprehend your attitude.
get • You don't seem to get the point.
see • Oh, I see what you're saying.
grasp • The Government has not yet grasped the seriousness of the crisis.
apprehend • Only now can I begin to apprehend the power of these forces.
18 haveDictionary • I'll take the grilled tuna sandwich, please.
choose • I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
pick • He had picked ten people to interview for the jobs.
prefer • Do you prefer a particular sort of music?
select • They selected only bright pupils.
19 travelDictionary • He had to take a different route home.
travel • You can travel to Helsinki tomorrow.
go • It took us an hour to go three miles.
journey • She has journeyed on horseback through Africa and Turkey.
walk • They walked in silence for a while.
progress • He progressed slowly along the coast in an easterly direction.
proceed • She proceeded along the hallway.
voyage • The boat is currently voyaging through the Barents Sea.
make your way
20 hireDictionary • My wife and I have taken the cottage for a month.
hire • To hire a car you must produce a current driving licence.
book • She booked herself a flight home last night.
rent • He rented a car.
lease • He went to Toronto, where he leased an apartment.
reserve • I'll reserve a table for five.
engage • He managed to engage a room for the night.
make a reservation for
21 subscribe to • Before the Chronicle I used to take the Guardian.
subscribe to • You can also subscribe to the newspaper.
buy • He could not afford to buy a house.
purchase • She purchased a tuna sandwich and a carton of orange juice.
22 travel by • We'll take a train home.
make use of
23 studyDictionary • Students may take European and American history.
study • The rehearsals make it difficult for her to study for her law exams.
learn • Their children were going to learn English.
do (informal) • She's doing English for her Higher Certificate.
read (British) • He is now reading maths at Harvard.
pursue • pursuing this line of enquiry
read up on
have lessons in
24 performDictionary • She took her driving test last week.
perform • people who have performed outstanding acts of bravery
have • Have him call me.
do • I was trying to do some work.
make • I made a gesture at him and turned away.
effect • Prospects for effecting real political change have taken a step backward.
accomplish • If we all work together, I think we can accomplish our goal.
execute • The landing was skilfully executed.
25 ingestDictionary • She's been taking sleeping pills.
consume • Andrew would consume nearly two pounds of cheese per day.
swallow • Polly took a bite of the apple, chewed and swallowed it.
26 consumeDictionary • She took tea with Nanny every day.
have • They had dinner together.
drink • He drank his cup of tea.
eat • She was eating a sandwich.
imbibe (formal) • They were used to imbibing enormous quantities of alcohol.
27 writeDictionary • She sat expressionless, carefully taking notes.
write • Write your name and address at the top of the page.
record • In her letters she records the domestic and social details of life in China.
scribble • When Caroline was five she scribbled on a wall.
scrawl • graffiti scrawled on school walls
make a note of
28 measureDictionary • If he feels hotter than normal, take his temperature.
measure • Measure the length and width of the gap.
determine • The investigation will determine what really happened.
assess • The test was to assess aptitude rather than academic achievement.
calculate • From this we can calculate the total mass in the galaxy.
evaluate • Trained nurses are required to evaluate the patients' individual needs.
gauge • He gauged the wind at over thirty knots.
ascertain • Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
appraise • Many companies were prompted to appraise their recruitment policies.
29 have room for • The place could just about take 2000 people.
have room for
hold • The small bottles don't seem to hold much.
contain • Factory shops contain a wide range of cheap furnishings.
accommodate • The school was not big enough to accommodate all the children.
accept • Urban dwellers have to accept noise as part of city life.
30 wearDictionary • Half of all women take a size 16 or above.
wear • I asked if I could work part-time, but the company wouldn't wear it.
require • A baby requires warmth and physical security.
31 workDictionary • If the cortisone doesn't take, I may have to have surgery.
work • Most of these diets don't work.
succeed • the skills and qualities needed to succeed
do the trick (informal) • Sometimes a few choice words will do the trick.
, flop (informal)
32 extractDictionary • a passage taken from a talk she gave in 1988
extract • material extracted from a range of texts
quote • Then suddenly he quoted a line from the play.
cite • She cites a favourite poem by George Herbert.
excerpt • The readings were excerpted from his autobiography.
33 occupyDictionary • Ninety-five per cent of business-class seats were taken.
occupy • Men still occupy more positions of power than women.
engage • He tried to engage me in conversation.
hold • She has never held a ministerial post.
fill • She filled the role of diplomat's wife for many years.
reserve • Ask your newsagent to reserve your copy today.
34 deriveDictionary • Do you know where cappuccino coffee takes its name from?
derive • He is one of those people who derives pleasure from helping others.
obtain • Evans was trying to obtain a false passport.
acquire • The company acquired a 50% stake in Saab for $4m.
35 take advantage ofDictionary • He took the opportunity to show off his new car.
take advantage of
exploit • The opposition are exploiting the situation to their advantage.
make the most of
turn to account
put to advantage
36 cheatDictionary (slang)
cheat • He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.
do (slang) • I'll tell you how they did me.
con (informal) • He claimed that the businessman had conned him out of his life savings.
fiddle (informal) • Stop fiddling your expenses account.
deceive • He has deceived and disillusioned us all.
defraud • He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government.
dupe • Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.
gull (archaic) • Consumers are no longer so easily gulled into paying extra for a designer label.
swindle • He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.
bilk • trusts that secretly conspired to bilk the public
pull a fast one on (informal)
1 takingsDictionary (informal US) • It added another $11.8 million to the take., mainly
revenue • They wanted a big share of the revenue from the mine.
return • They have seen no return on their investment.
yield • the yield on a bank's investment
haul • The haul was worth £4,000.
2 sceneDictionary • She didn't know her lines and we had to do several takes.
scene • She was told to cut some scenes from her new series.
sequence • the best sequence in the film
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ take after someone
IDIOMS:▷ take it
▷ take off
▷ take on
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• I can't abide people who can't make up their minds.
put up with,
put up with,
abstractIf you abstract something from a place, you take it from there.
• The author has abstracted poems from earlier books.
• Everyone told me I should accept the job.
Thesaurus for take from the Collins English Thesaurus
to gain possession of (something) by force or effort