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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake in
he/she/ittakes in
present participletaking in
past tensetook in
past participletaken in
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  1. 1
    take in something to include something

    The book takes in the period between 1891 and Lenin’s death.

  2. 2
    to allow someone to stay in your house or your country

    refugees who were taken in during the war

    We decided to take in lodgers.

  3. 3
    to understand and remember something that you hear or read

    I’m not sure how much of his explanation she took in.

  4. 4
    [usually passive] to trick someone into believing something that is not true

    Don’t be taken in by their promises.

  5. 5
    to make a piece of clothing more narrow or tight, so that it fits you
  6. 6
    to accept something as real or true

    He still hasn’t really taken in his father’s death.

  7. 7
    take in something to do work for someone else in your home

    She has started taking in ironing.

  8. 8
    to spend time looking at something

    We sat there taking in the scenery.

  9. 9
    take in something to go to an entertainment or sport

    We took in a couple of movies.

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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