from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove something and put it in a different place.
  • v. To remove something, either material or abstract, so that a person no longer has it.
  • v. To subtract or diminish something.
  • v. To leave a memory or impression in one's mind that you think about later.
  • v. To make someone leave a place and go somewhere else. Usually not with the person's consent.
  • v. To prevent, or limit, someone from being somewhere, or from doing something.
  • prep. minus

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take from a person or place
  • v. take out or remove
  • v. remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
  • v. take away a part from; diminish
  • v. get rid of something abstract
  • v. buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food
  • v. remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract


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