Definition of Take in
1. Verb. Provide with shelter.
2. Verb. Fool or hoax. "You can't fool me!"
Specialized synonyms: Kid, Pull The Leg Of
Generic synonyms: Betray, Deceive, Lead Astray
Derivative terms: Dupe, Dupery, Fool, Fool, Gull, Put-on, Take-in
3. Verb. Suck or take up or in. "A black star absorbs all matter"
Specialized synonyms: Suck, Suck In
Derivative terms: Absorbable, Absorbent, Absorption, Absorptive
4. Verb. Visit for entertainment. "Take in the sights"
5. Verb. Call for and obtain payment of. "He collected the rent"
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Farm, Raise
Derivative terms: Collectible, Collector
6. Verb. See or watch. "Sam and Sue take in the movie "; "See a movie"
Related verbs: See
Generic synonyms: Watch
Specialized synonyms: Visualise, Visualize, Spectate, Preview
Derivative terms: Seer, View, View, View, Viewable, Viewer, Watch
7. Verb. Express willingness to have in one's home or environs. "Sam cannot take in Sue "; "The community warmly received the refugees"
Specialized synonyms: Welcome, Absorb, See, Assume, Induct
Derivative terms: Invitation, Receptive
8. Verb. Fold up. "Take in the sails"
9. Verb. Take up mentally. "He absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Larn, Learn
Specialized synonyms: Imbibe
Derivative terms: Absorption, Assimilation, Assimilation, Assimilator
10. Verb. Earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages. "They take in the money "; "He clears $5,000 each month"
Related verbs: Make, Clear, Net, Sack, Sack Up
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Specialized synonyms: Eke Out, Squeeze Out, Profit, Turn A Profit, Rake Off, Bring Home, Take Home, Rake In, Shovel In, Gross, Bear, Pay, Yield
Derivative terms: Earner, Gainer
11. Verb. Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers. "They take in that there was a traffic accident "; "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
12. Verb. Accept. "The cloth takes up the liquid"
13. Verb. Take in, also metaphorically. "She drew strength from the minister's words"
Specialized synonyms: Mop, Mop Up, Wipe Up, Blot, Sponge Up
Derivative terms: Absorber, Absorption, Imbiber, Suck, Sucker
Also: Draw In, Draw In, Suck In
14. Verb. Take up as if with a sponge.
15. Verb. Serve oneself to, or consume regularly. "They take in more bread"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
Specialized synonyms: Hit, Cannibalise, Cannibalize, Habituate, Use, Eat, Eat, Drink, Imbibe, Booze, Drink, Fuddle, Partake, Touch, Eat, Feed, Fill, Replete, Sate, Satiate, Sample, Taste, Try, Try Out, Sop Up, Suck In, Take Up, Smoke, Do Drugs, Drug, Get Down, Swallow, Sup
Derivative terms: Consumer, Consumption, Consumptive, Ingestion
Also: Take Up
16. Verb. Take into one's family. "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"
Generic synonyms: Take
Derivative terms: Adoptable, Adoptee, Adopter, Adoption, Adoptive
17. Verb. Make (clothes) smaller. "Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight"
Definition of Take in
1. Verb. (idiomatic) To deceive; to hoodwink. ¹
2. Verb. To allow a person or an animal to live in one's home. ¹
3. Verb. To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller. ¹
4. Verb. To absorb or comprehend. ¹
5. Verb. To receive into your home for the purpose of processing for a fee. ¹
6. Verb. To subscribe to home delivery of. ¹
7. Verb. To attend a showing of. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Take in
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1. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from ...by Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"To TAKE in. To comprise; to comprehend. These heads are sufficient for the ... Si- To TAKE in. To admit. The disuse of the tucker has enlarged the neck of ..."
2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer (1796)
"... reduce the beauties of Nature to more regularity, and fuch a figure, which the common eye may better take in, and is therefore more entertained with. ..."
3. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"To take in, to capture, to subdue. To take one along, to take one wilh you, ... To take in worth, lo lake in good part, to take anything kindly or friendly. ..."
4. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative by Richard Henry Dana (1911)
"This was the brig which was driven ashore at San Pedro in a southeaster, and had been lying at San Diego to repair and take in her cargo. ..."