the act of a person or thing that takes.
the state of being taken.
something that is taken.
an action by the federal government, as a regulatory ruling, that imposes a restriction on the use of private property for which the owner must be compensated.
takings, receipts, especially of money earned or gained.
Archaic. a state of agitation or distress.
captivating, winning, or pleasing.
Archaic. infectious or contagious.

1300–50; Middle English takyng (gerund). See take, -ing1, -ing2

takingly, adverb
untaking, adjective
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taking (ˈteɪkɪŋ)
1.  charming, fascinating, or intriguing
2.  informal infectious; catching
3.  something taken
4.  (plural) receipts; earnings

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. tacan, from a N.Gmc. source (e.g. O.N. taka "take, grasp, lay hold," past tense tok, pp. tekinn; Swed. ta, pp. tagit), from P.Gmc. *tækanan (cf. M.L.G. tacken, M.Du. taken, Goth. tekan "to touch"), of uncertain origin, perhaps originally meaning "to touch." Gradually replaced M.E. nimen
as the verb for "to take," from O.E. niman, from the usual W.Gmc. *nem- root (cf. Ger. nehmen, Du. nemen), also of unknown origin. OED calls it "one of the elemental words of the language;" take up alone has 55 varieties of meaning in that dictionary. Basic sense is "to lay hold of," which evolved to "accept, receive" (as in take my advice) c.1200; "absorb" (she can take a punch) c.1200; "to choose, select" (take the long way home) late 13c.; "to make, obtain" (take a shower) late 14c.; "to become affected by" (take sick) c.1300. Take five is 1929, from the approximate time it takes to smoke a cigarette. Take it easy first recorded 1880; take the plunge "act decisively" is from 1876; take the rap "accept (undeserved) punishment" is from 1930. Phrase take it or leave it is recorded from 1897.

1654, "that which is taken in payment," from take (v.). Sense of "money taken in" by a single performance, etc., is from 1931. Movie-making sense is recorded from 1927. Criminal sense of "money acquired by theft" is from 1888. The verb sense of "to cheat, defraud" is from 1920.
On the take "amenable to bribery" is from 1930.
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Slang Dictionary

take definition

  1. n.
    a section of a film that is pronounced acceptable just after it is shot. : After seven straight takes the crew demanded a break.
  2. n.
    the amount of money taken in at some event; the money received for the tickets that have been purchased. : The take was much larger than we expected.
  3. tv.
    to cheat or deceive someone. : When they think you're going to count your change, they won't try to take you.
  4. tv.
    to defeat someone, as in a fight. : Max thought he could take the guy, but he wasn't sure.
  5. n.
    money taken in a theft or illegal scheme. : Let's spilt up the take now, not later!
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