take  ( takes 3rd person present) ( taking present participle) ( took past tense) ( taken past participle ) (USED WITH NOUNS DESCRIBING ACTIONS)
Take is used in combination with a wide range of nouns, where the meaning of the combination is mostly given by the noun. Many of these combinations are common idiomatic expressions whose meanings can be found at the appropriate nouns. For example, the expression take care is explained at care.
1 verb You can use take followed by a noun to talk about an action or event, when it would also be possible to use the verb that is related to that noun. For example, you can say `she took a shower' instead of `she showered'.
Betty took a photograph of us... V n
I've never taken a holiday since starting this job... V n
There's not enough people willing to take the risk... V n
2 verb In ordinary spoken or written English, people use take with a range of nouns instead of using a more specific verb. For example people often say `he took control' or `she took a positive attitude' instead of `he assumed control' or `she adopted a positive attitude'.
The Patriotic Front took power after a three-month civil war... V n
I felt it was important for women to join and take a leading role... V n
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