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[pahr-too k] /pɑrˈtʊk/
simple past tense of partake.


[pahr-teyk] /pɑrˈteɪk/
verb (used without object), partook, partaken, partaking.
to take or have a part or share along with others; participate (usually followed by in):
He won't partake in the victory celebration.
to receive, take, or have a share or portion (usually followed by of):
to partake of a meal.
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.
to take or have a part in; share.
Origin of partake
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
1. See share1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for partook
Historical Examples
  • After the formal reception, the Maoris partook of a feast in native fashion.

  • The catechumens who had been received on the previous Sabbath, first partook.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • He partook only of the simplest food, and of that sparingly.

    Biography of Rev. Hosea Ballou Maturin M. Ballou
  • He went to the tent and partook of the meal that Angela had prepared.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • I too, once partook of that same Pleasure, and can therefore feel what you must have felt.

    Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
  • With what delight would I then partake of the dish, so that he and she partook of it with me!

  • They all partook of the refreshments provided for them with grateful spirits.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
  • They partook of the food, also the diabolical sacrament, and then commenced their dance.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • Those who preferred it, partook of sandwiches, for which the moderate charge of 2d.

  • His dress was more that of a landsman than of a sailor, though it partook of both.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for partook


the past tense of partake


verb (mainly intransitive) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
(foll by in) to have a share; participate: to partake in the excitement
(foll by of) to take or receive a portion, esp of food or drink: each partook of the food offered to him
(foll by of) to suggest or have some of the quality (of): music partaking of sadness
(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 partook



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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