- 1retake something (especially of an army) to take control of something such as a town again Government forces moved in to retake the city. (figurative) Moore fought back to retake the lead later in the race.
- 2 retake something to take an exam or a test again, usually after failing it the first time
NAmE//ˌriˈteɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they retake
he / she / it retakes
past simple retook
past participle retaken
-ing form retaking