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[v. ree-teyk; n. ree-teyk] /v. riˈteɪk; n. ˈriˌteɪk/
verb (used with object), retook, retaken, retaking.
to take again; take back.
to recapture.
to photograph or film again.
the act of photographing or filming again.
a picture, scene, sequence, etc., that is to be or has been photographed or filmed again.
Origin of retake
1580-90; re- + take
Related forms
retaker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for retake
  • But if the indiscriminate methods loyalists used to retake smaller towns are a guide, the toll on civilian life will also be grim.
  • Citing his asthma, he asked for and was allowed a retake.
  • Elderly couples wanted to retake their wedding vows.
  • Your coordinator must sign the retake application after you have consulted with him or her.
  • As mentioned above, students may retake tests needed to earn verified units of credit for graduation.
  • retake examinations will be given at the next scheduled licensure examination.
  • If you fail part of the exam, you'll need to retake the part you failed.
  • If you retake the quiz, the questions and their respective responses will be randomized.
  • The request to retake the examination must be notarized.
  • If you fail to print the certificate, you will need to retake the course.
British Dictionary definitions for retake


verb (transitive) (riːˈteɪk) -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
to take back or capture again: to retake a fortress
(films) to shoot again (a shot or scene)
to tape again (a recording)
noun (ˈriːˌteɪk)
(films) a rephotographed shot or scene
a retaped recording
Derived Forms
retaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for retake

mid-15c., "to take back," from re- "back, again" + take (v.). Meaning "to recapture" is recorded from 1640s; sense of "to record a second time" is attested from 1962. Related: Retook; retaking; retaken. As a noun from 1918; figurative use from 1937.

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