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Don't forget to take an extra pair of shoes.
Remember to take a pen with you.
What time do you take Amy to school?
We took the plants into the greenhouse.
The cat had to be taken to the vet.
Our guide took us around the cathedral.
On long journeys I always take my dog along.
We took my mother for a drive in the country.
We took him to catch his train.
Take Debbie this cup of coffee, will you?
Let's take the presents to them tonight.
My old job took me into the city a lot.
The steps took us up to a cave in the cliff.
The journey will take you through some beautiful scenery.
Her amazing energy has taken her to the top of her profession.
acts that took the country into war
They'll take us to court if we don't pay up soon.
Bank robbers took the manager hostage overnight.
Take a deep breath.
Tom took a sip of his drink.
I took a quick look at the audience.
Let's take a walk down to the river.
The government must take action to stop this trade.
You need to take more exercise.
Your odd behaviour is going to take a bit of explaining.
It's going to take some doing to persuade them!
Admitting what she had done took a lot of courage.
It takes talent and dedication to become a top dancer.
It doesn't take much to start her crying.
Do you have what it takes to be a teacher?
I've decided not to take the job.
Sorry, we don't take credit cards.
She won't take my advice.
That's my final price, take it or leave it.
Please stop! I can't take it any more.
In this job you have to be able to take criticism.
I'm not going to take defeat lying down.
You don't have to take my word for it – ask anyone.
That's the truth, take it from me.
Take as many cakes as you like.
Let me take your coats.
Her mother took her gently by the shoulders.
I'll take her in my arms and kiss her.
I took the baby bird gently in my hands.
I took a course in computer programming.
Are you taking algebra this year?
Take the knife away from her!
These drugs should take the pain away.
Will you take the plates out of the cupboard?
Government officials came to take soil samples from the factory site.
The scientists will take more readings from the lava flow.
They've taken several scans of her brain.
A nurse took his temperature every hour.
May I take a picture of the two of you?
The town was finally taken after a six-week siege.
What size batteries does your torch take?
cars that take unleaded petrol
Do you take milk in your coffee?
They are refusing to take food.
He tries hard, but I just can't take him seriously.
She took his remarks as a compliment.
They took the rainbow as a sign from their god.
We can't take his silence as proof of his guilt.
Please take a seat.
The new president will take office in January.
They're shooting at us! Quick, take cover!
Can you take the risk that you might lose your money?
I did all the work, but Gill took all the credit.
The rebels are taking control of the city.
We must encourage fathers to take full responsibility for their children.
I'm afraid she took offence at my remarks.
He's never taken much interest in his kids.
I take the view that children should be told the truth.
This is the British English definition of take. View American English definition of take.
the part of the nucleus of an atom that has no electrical charge
… to reveal a small part of your intentions in order to attract support, without actually committing yourself to doing anythingadd a word
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