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

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

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take in
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take in
  3. 4
    [usually passive] to trick someone into believing something that is not true

    Don't be taken in by their promises.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take in
  4. 6
    to accept something as real or true

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

  5. 7
    to spend time looking at something

    We sat there taking in the scenery.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take in
  6. 8
    take in something to do work for someone else in your home

    She has started taking in ironing.

  7. 9
    take in something mainly American to go to an entertainment or sport

    We took in a couple of films.

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