Definition of partake verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɑːˈteɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈteɪk//
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they partake
    BrE BrE//pɑːˈteɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈteɪk//
    he / she / it partakes
    BrE BrE//pɑːˈteɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈteɪks//
    past simple partook
    BrE BrE//pɑːˈtʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtʊk//
    past participle partaken
    BrE BrE//pɑːˈteɪkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈteɪkən//
    -ing form partaking
    BrE BrE//pɑːˈteɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈteɪkɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] partake (of something) (old-fashioned or humorous) to eat or drink something especially something that is offered to you Would you care to partake of some refreshment?
  2. 2[intransitive] partake (in something) (old-fashioned) to take part in an activity They preferred not to partake in the social life of the town.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: back-formation from earlier partaker ‘person who takes a part’. Phrasal Verbspartake of something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: partake

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