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English verb: take in

1. take in (stative) provide with shelter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)domiciliate, house, put up

2. take in (communication) fool or hoax

SamplesThe immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone.
You can't fool me!.

Synonymsbefool, cod, dupe, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)betray, deceive, lead astray

Narrower (hyponym)kid, pull the leg of

3. take in (weather) suck or take up or in

SamplesA black star absorbs all matter.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)suck, suck in

Antonymsgive out, emit, give off

4. take in (social) visit for entertainment

SamplesTake in the sights.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)see, visit

5. take in (possession) call for and obtain payment of

SamplesWe collected over a million dollars in outstanding debts.
He collected the rent.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)take

Narrower (hyponym)farm, raise

6. take in (perception) see or watch

SamplesView a show on television.
This program will be seen all over the world.
View an exhibition.
Catch a show on Broadway.
See a movie.

ExamplesSam and Sue take in the movie

Synonymscatch, see, view, watch

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)watch

Narrower (hyponym)preview, spectate, visualise, visualize

Verb groupsee

7. take in (contact) express willingness to have in one's home or environs

SamplesThe community warmly received the refugees.

ExamplesSam cannot take in Sue

Synonymsinvite, receive

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)absorb, assume, induct, see, welcome

8. take in (contact) fold up

SamplesTake in the sails.

Synonymsgather in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furl, roll up

Narrower (hyponym)coal, incorporate

9. take in (cognition) take up mentally

SamplesHe absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe.

Synonymsabsorb, assimilate, ingest

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, larn, learn

Narrower (hyponym)imbibe

10. take in (possession) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

SamplesHow 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.

ExamplesThey take in the money

Synonymsbring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)bear, bring home, eke out, gross, pay, profit, rake in, rake off, shovel in, squeeze out, take home, turn a profit, yield

Verb groupclear, make, net, sack, sack up

11. take in (perception) hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

SamplesWe overheard the conversation at the next table.

Synonymscatch, overhear

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)hear


Verb groupcatch, get

12. take in (contact) accept

SamplesThe cloth takes up the liquid.

Synonymstake up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have, receive

Narrower (hyponym)fuel

13. take in (contact) take in, also metaphorically

SamplesThe sponge absorbs water well.
She drew strength from the minister's words.

Synonymsabsorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)blot, mop, mop up, sponge up, wipe up

14. take in (consumption) take up as if with a sponge

Synonymssop up, suck in, take up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

15. take in (consumption) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

SamplesHave another bowl of chicken soup!.
I don't take sugar in my coffee.

ExamplesThey take in more bread

Synonymsconsume, have, ingest, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)booze, cannibalise, cannibalize, do drugs, drink, drink, drug, eat, eat, eat, feed, fill, fuddle, get down, habituate, hit, imbibe, partake, replete, sample, sate, satiate, smoke, sop up, suck in, sup, swallow, take in, take up, taste, touch, try, try out, use

Antonymsdesist, abstain, refrain

16. take in (change) take into one's family

SamplesThey adopted two children from Nicaragua.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)take

17. take in (change) make (clothes) smaller

SamplesPlease take in this skirt--I've lost weight.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary

Antonymswiden, let out

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