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Definition of "taking" []

  • Capturing interest; fetching: a taking smile. (adjective)
  • Contagious; catching. Used of an infectious disease. (adjective)
  • The act of one that takes. (noun)
  • Something taken, as a catch of fish. (noun)
  • Informal Receipts, especially of money. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "taking" in a sentence
  • "Give it a fair trial and you will agree that taking pictures -- the mere _taking_, with no bothering your head about developing, printing, toning and the like -- is a matter no more baffling than the simple art of learning to punch the letters on the keyboard of a typewriter."
  • "It proved to be a _taking in_, instead of a _taking up_, and the taking in was on the other side."
  • "Had Rob Hulse not turned an easy chance over the crossbar in the 80th minute after the United goalkeeper parried a shot from Commons into his path, the home side, with David Lowe taking charge in the ­dugout and Robbie Savage reinstated as a substitute, would be ­taking a two-goal lead into the return leg on January"