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Take In

How to Conjugate Take In

  • Infinitive: Take In
  • Present Tense: Take In/ Takes In
  • -ing Form: Taking In
  • Past Tense: Took In
  • Past Participle: Taken In
Take In is a separable phrasal verb and has 5 definitions.

Definitions of Take In:

1. To be successfully tricked or deceived by someone.

Examples: The magician really took in the audience with his fire trick.
Don’t try to take me in with your charm. I know you’re married.

2. To understand something.

Examples: I think we’ve taken in enough information for today.
Real music not only makes you take in the words and the melody, but it also makes you take in the emotion.

3. To assume care or support

Examples: We took in a family that had been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
I took in a homeless puppy.

4. To make an item of clothing narrower or tighter

Examples: You should take in the bust area of that dress.
After George lost weight, he had all his pants taken in.

5. To collect or earn a particular amount.

Examples: I didn’t take in much yesterday because the restaurant was slow.

See our complete list of English phrasal verbs.