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partake

[pahr-teyk] /pɑrˈteɪk/
verb (used without object), partook, partaken, partaking.
1.
to take or have a part or share along with others; participate (usually followed by in):
He won't partake in the victory celebration.
2.
to receive, take, or have a share or portion (usually followed by of):
to partake of a meal.
3.
to have something of the nature or character (usually followed by of):
feelings partaking of both joy and regret.
verb (used with object), partook, partaken, partaking.
4.
to take or have a part in; share.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; back formation from partaking, Middle English part taking, translation of Latin participātiō participation
Related forms
partakable, adjective
partaker, noun
prepartake, verb (used without object), prepartook, prepartaken, prepartaking.
unpartaken, adjective
unpartaking, adjective
Synonyms
1. See share1 .
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Examples for partaking
  • The choice of belonging to a people, of partaking of a shared nature, was no longer available to him.
  • While people may not agree on the exact flavor, everyone agrees that partaking of ramps is a strong experience.
  • The names of the individuals partaking of the meals were not noted on the receipts.
  • Willing and able to abstain from partaking in any non-essential existing or new treatments to improve serum blood sugar levels.
  • After partaking of supper the battery proceeded to the barracks, where it will remain until mustered out and paid off.
British Dictionary definitions for partaking

partake

/pɑːˈteɪk/
verb (mainly intransitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
1.
(foll by in) to have a share; participate to partake in the excitement
2.
(foll by of) to take or receive a portion, esp of food or drink each partook of the food offered to him
3.
(foll by of) to suggest or have some of the quality (of) music partaking of sadness
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to share in
Derived Forms
partaker, noun
Usage note
Partake of is sometimes wrongly used as if it were a synonym of eat or drink. Correctly, one can only partake of food or drink which is available for several people to share
Word Origin
C16: back formation from partaker, earlier part taker, based on Latin particeps participant; see part, take
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Word Origin and History for partaking

partake

v.

1560s, back-formation from Middle English part-taking (late 14c.), or part-taker (c.1400), both translations of Latin particeps "participant" (n.), also "sharing, partaking" (see participation). Related: Partook; partaking.

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