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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. 6
    to accept something as real or true
    He still hasn’t really taken in his father’s death.
  6. 7
    to spend time looking at something
    We sat there taking in the scenery.
  7. 8
    take in something to do work for someone else in your home
    She has started taking in ironing.
  8. 9
    take in something mainly American to go to an entertainment or sport
    We took in a couple of films.
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