- 1 to allow somebody to stay in your home to take in lodgers He was homeless, so we took him in.
- 2 [often passive] to make somebody believe something that is not true synonym deceive She took me in completely with her story. Don't be taken in by his charm—he's ruthless. Synonymscheatfool deceive betray take in trick conThese words all mean to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially in order to get what you want.cheat to make somebody believe something that is not true, in order to get money or something else from them:She is accused of attempting to cheat the taxman. He cheated his way into the job. Cheat also means to act in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game, competition or exam:You’re not allowed to look at the answers— that’s cheating.fool to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially in order to laugh at them or to get what you want:Just don’t be fooled into investing any money with them.deceive to make somebody believe something that is not true, especially somebody who trusts you, in order to get what you want:She deceived him into handing over all his savings.betray to hurt somebody who trusts you, especially by deceiving them or not being loyal to them:She felt betrayed when she found out the truth about him.take somebody in [often passive] to deceive somebody, usually in order to get what you want:I was taken in by her story.trick to deceive somebody, especially in a clever way, in order to get what you want.con (informal) to deceive somebody, especially in order to get money from them or get them to do something for you:They had been conned out of £100 000.which word? Many of these words involve making somebody believe something that is not true, but some of them are more disapproving than others. Deceive is probably the worst because people typically deceive friends, relations and others who know and trust them. People may feel cheated/betrayed by somebody in authority who they trusted to look after their interests. If somebody takes you in, they may do it by acting a part and using words and charm effectively. If somebody cheats/fools/tricks/cons you, they may get something from you and make you feel stupid. However, somebody might fool you just as a joke; and to trick somebody is sometimes seen as a clever thing to do, if the person being tricked is seen as a bad person who deserves it.Patterns to cheat/fool/trick/con somebody out of something to cheat/fool/deceive/betray/trick/con somebody into doing something to feel cheated/fooled/deceived/betrayed/tricked/conned to fool/deceive yourself to cheat/trick/con your way into something
- 1 to absorb something into the body, for example by breathing or swallowing Fish take in oxygen through their gills. related noun intake
- 2to make a piece of clothing narrower or tighter This dress needs to be taken in at the waist. opposite let out
- 3[no passive] to include or cover something The tour takes in six European capitals. Her lecture took in all the recent developments in the subject.
- 4[no passive] to go to see or visit something such as a film/movie I generally take in a show when I'm in New York.
- 5 to take notice of something with your eyes He took in every detail of her appearance. She took in the scene at a glance.
- 6 to understand or remember something that you hear or read Halfway through the chapter I realized I hadn't taken anything in.