to take in



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to allow something to enter or flow in

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to admit someone. Used of institutions

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to have someone or something live or lodge in one's house

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to deliver something or someone to a place of treatment or repair

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to convey someone who has been arrested to a police station

 

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Idiom Definition 6

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to include or constitute something

 

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Idiom Definition 7

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to understand or appreciate something that one is hearing or experiencing

 

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Idiom Definition 8

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to deceive or swindle someone. Used mainly in the passive

 

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Idiom Definition 9

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to accept some work to be done in one's house for pay

 

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Idiom Definition 10

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to make some article of clothing smaller, narrower, or shorter

 

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Idiom Definition 11

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to receive money as payment or proceeds

 

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Idiom Definition 12

Idiom Definition - take in

"to take in"

to inhale, eat or drink something

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take in

Two friends are out on their boat ...

Friend 1:  My feet are getting wet.

Friend 2:  That's because the boat is taking in water.

Friend 1:  Are we going to sink?

Friend 2:  No.  It's a slow leak.  You just need to bail.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take in

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am thinking about joining the Green Party.

Friend 2:  Do you have the right sort of politics? Do you think they will take you in?

Friend 1:  I heard that they have a membership drive happening right now so, yes, I think they will admit me to the party.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - take in

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It sure was tough being a single mom in the seventies.

Friend 2:  How ever did you manage to have enough money?

Friend 1:  I took in borders and the money they paid helped a lot.

Friend 2:  Wasn't it kind of strange having strangers live in your house?

Friend 1:  They weren't strangers for long and it was a good experience for my son.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - take in

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  My car is making strange noises and it almost didn't start at the supermarket today.

Husband:  I'll take your car in to the service center.

Wife: Thank you.  When?

Husband:  I'll drop it off tomorrow.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - take in

Two police officers are talking ...

Officer 1:  We've just got a call about a possible robbery. What are we going to do with the perpetrator in the back of our car?

Officer 2:  We'll go straight to the robbery scene and then take the perp in after.


Idiom Scenario 6

Idiom Definition - take in

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I suppose we'll have to rewrite our report.

Colleague 2:  Yes. The projections will change significantly when we take in the new data we just received.


Idiom Scenario 7

Idiom Definition - take in

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Did you enjoy that self-help seminar you attended last night?

Friend 2: It was amazing. I just sat and took in everything the speaker said and it all just made sense as each idea built on the preceding idea.


Idiom Scenario 8

Idiom Definition - take in

Two used car salespeople are talking ...

Salesperson 1:  How's business?

Salesperson 2:  Great. It's so easy to trick people into paying more than they should.

Salesperson 1:  Don't you think that it's a little unethical to take people in?

Salesperson 2:  A fool and their money are soon parted.


Idiom Scenario 9

Idiom Definition - take in

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  We have no money.

Husband:  I'm already working two jobs.

Wife:  I could take in some laundry.

Husband:  Do you mean that you will do other people's laundry in our home and be paid for it?

Wife:  Exactly.


Idiom Scenario 10

Idiom Definition - take in

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look amazing. How much weight did you lose?

Friend 2:  I lost about fifteen kilos.

Friend 1:  And how do you feel?

Friend 2:  I feel great. I suppose the downside of losing all that weight is that I had to have all my clothes taken in.

Friend 1:  Small price to pay.


Idiom Scenario 11

Idiom Definition - take in

Two volunteers are talking ...

Volunteer 1:  How much money did we make from the bake sale?

Volunteer 2:  We took in two hundred and twelve dollars.

Volunteer 1:  Excellent.  And it's all profit because the goods were donated.


Idiom Scenario 12

Idiom Definition - take in

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am feeling a little dizzy.

Friend 2:  Perhaps it is from the varnish fumes.  Come outside. Sit down. Take a big breath of air. OK. Now let it out slowly. Again. Good.

Friend 1:  Thanks, I feel a little better. I think I will wear a mask now so I don't take in any more fumes.





to take in - Usage:

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to take in - Gerund Form:

Taking in water, the boat barely made it to shore.

Taking in underprivileged students is a responsibility of the college.

Taking in boarders is a way to make extra money.

Taking your mother in for her medical treatments are a son's duty.

Taking in criminals is part of law enforcement.

Taking in the green areas is the oasis.

Taking in all the information available at a lecture is a challenge.

Taking in naive car buyers is what shady used car salespeople do.

Taking in other people's laundry is a way to earn extra money at home.

Taking in your pants after losing weight is a necessity.

Taking in money for a political campaign is necessary.

Taking in a big breath, he calmed himself.



to take in - Examples:

1)  In some places you may be taken in for questioning if you don't have your passport with you.

2)  ... and once again my brain is swimming with the vast amount of information I've taken in.

3)  ... of these, in 1835, was a seventeen year old orphan who had been taken in by his wife, Emma Smith.

4)  Tax revenue (the total number of dollars taken in by the government) is the tax rate multiplied by economic activity.

5)  Take in an intimate show at the luxurious Lumiere Casino theatre or dance the night away ...

6)  Step back and take in the big picture.

7)  That expansion by itself was expected to take in some 16 million uninsured people nationwide.

8)  Then his father decided to take in some students and teach them his art.

9)  The students were on the edge of their seats during the performance taking in every note and interesting background story told by Angela.

10)  And do it fast, I hear Russia won't be taking in anymore infidels in the coming months.

11)  ... claimed he was looking forward to taking in some of the local Mexican culture.

12)  They are open to taking in new information, even when it conflicts with what they believe they already know

13)  He's a sweet boy who takes in an injured Persian who ran away from a group that keeps ...

14)  ... a suburban district that takes in black students from Little Rock and North Little Rock ...

15)  She takes in Lima and her family when natural catastrophes hit.

16)  ... would call charity but that is really a pittance compared to the tithing the church takes in ...

17)  I took in more of the back inseam only ...

18)   I took in more at the top of the inseam and took in fabric all the way down past the knee.

19)  ... the ones she birthed and the ones she took in when their first homes failed them.

20)  They never took in the facts that they could be WRONG!