not take no for an answer meaning, not take no for an answer definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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answer  

  ( answers    plural & 3rd person present)   ( answering    present participle)   ( answered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When you answer someone who has asked you something, you say something back to them.  
Just answer the question...      V n  
He paused before answering...      V  
`When?' asked Alba, `Tonight', answered Tom...      V with quote  
Williams answered that he had no specific proposals yet.      V that  
2       n-count   An answer is something that you say when you answer someone.  
also in N to n   (=reply, response)  
Without waiting for an answer, he turned and went in through the door..., I don't quite know what to say in answer to your question.     
3    If you say that someone will not take no for an answer, you mean that they go on trying to make you agree to something even after you have refused.  
not take no for an answer             phrase   with brd-neg  
He would never take no for an answer.     
4       verb   If you answer a letter or advertisement, you write to the person who wrote it.  
She answered an advert for a job as a cook.      V n, Also V  
5       n-count   An answer is a letter that you write to someone who has written to you.  
also in N to n   (=reply, response)  
I wrote to him but I never had an answer back..., She wrote to Roosevelt's secretary in answer to his letter of the day before.     
6       verb   When you answer the telephone, you pick it up when it rings. When you answer the door, you open it when you hear a knock or the bell.  
She answered her phone on the first ring...      V n  
A middle-aged woman answered the door.      V n, Also V  
      Answer is also a noun., n-count   usu sing  
I knocked at the front door and there was no answer.     
7       n-count   An answerto a problem is a solution to it.  
oft N to n  
There are no easy answers to the problems facing the economy..., Prison is not the answer for most young offenders...     
8       n-count   Someone's answer to a question in a test or quiz is what they write or say in an attempt to give the facts that are asked for. The answer to a question is the fact that was asked for.  
oft N to n  
Simply marking an answer wrong will not help the pupil to get future examples correct...     
9       verb   When you answer a question in a test or quiz, you write or say something in an attempt to give the facts that are asked for.  
To obtain her degree, she answered 81 questions over 10 papers.      V n  
10       n-count   Your answerto something that someone has said or done is what you say or do in response to it or in defence of yourself.  
also in N to n   (=reply, response)  
In answer to speculation that she wouldn't finish the race, she boldly declared her intention of winning it.     
11       verb   If you answer something that someone has said or done, you respond to it.   (=counter)  
He answered her smile with one of his own...      V n with n  
That statement seemed designed to answer criticism of allied bombing missions.      V n, Also V n by -ing  
12       verb   If something answers a need or purpose, it satisfies it, because it has the right qualities.   (=satisfy)  
We provide specially designed shopping trolleys to answer the needs of parents with young children.      V n  
13       verb   If someone or something answers a particular description or answers to it, they have the characteristics described.   (=fit)  
Two men answering the description of the suspects tried to enter Switzerland...      V n  
The Japanese never built any aircraft remotely answering to this description.      V to n   answer back      phrasal verb   If someone, especially a child, answers back, they speak rudely to you when you speak to them.  
She was punished by teachers for answering back...      V P  
I always answered him back when I thought he was wrong.      V n P   answer for  
1       phrasal verb   If you have to answer for something bad or wrong you have done, you are punished for it.  
He must be made to answer for his terrible crimes.      V P n  
2    If you say that someone has a lot to answer for, you are saying that their actions have led to problems which you think they are responsible for.  
have a lot to answer for      phrase   have inflects  
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take  


      vb  
1    abduct, acquire, arrest, capture, carry off, cart off     (slang)   catch, clutch, ensnare, entrap, gain possession of, get, get hold of, grasp, grip, have, help oneself to, lay hold of, obtain, receive, secure, seize, win  
2    abstract, appropriate, blag     (slang)   cabbage     (Brit. slang)   carry off, filch, misappropriate, nick     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   pinch     (informal)   pocket, purloin, run off with, steal, swipe     (slang)   walk off with  
3    book, buy, engage, hire, lease, pay for, pick, purchase, rent, reserve, select  
4    abide, bear, brave, brook, endure, go through, hack     (slang)   pocket, put up with     (informal)   stand, stomach, submit to, suffer, swallow, thole     (Scot.)   tolerate, undergo, weather, withstand  
5    consume, drink, eat, imbibe, ingest, inhale, swallow  
6    accept, adopt, assume, enter upon, undertake  
7    do, effect, execute, have, make, perform  
8    assume, believe, consider, deem, hold, interpret as, perceive, presume, receive, regard, see as, think of as, understand  
9    be efficacious, do the trick     (informal)   have effect, operate, succeed, work  
10    bear, bring, carry, cart, convey, ferry, fetch, haul, tote     (informal)   transport  
11    accompany, bring, conduct, convoy, escort, guide, hold (someone's) hand, lead, usher  
12    attract, become popular, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, fascinate, please, win favour  
13    call for, demand, necessitate, need, require  
14    deduct, eliminate, remove, subtract  
15    accept, accommodate, contain, have room for, hold  
16      (slang)   bilk, cheat, con     (informal)   deceive, defraud, do     (slang)   dupe, fiddle     (informal)   gull     (archaic)   pull a fast one on     (informal)   stiff     (slang)   swindle  
      n  
17    catch, gate, haul, proceeds, profits, receipts, return, revenue, takings, yield  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    free, let go, release  
2    give, give back, hand over, restore, return, surrender, yield  
4    avoid, dodge, give in, give way  
6    decline, dismiss, eschew, ignore, refuse, reject, scorn, spurn  
9    fail, flop     (informal)  
10    send  
14    add, put  


take aback     
astonish, astound, bewilder, disconcert, flabbergast     (informal)   floor     (informal)   nonplus, stagger, startle, stun, surprise  
take back  
1    disavow, disclaim, recant, renege, renounce, retract, unsay, withdraw  
2    get back, recapture, reclaim, reconquer, regain, repossess, retake  
3    accept back, exchange, give one a refund for  
take down  
1    make a note of, minute, note, put on record, record, set down, transcribe, write down  
2    depress, drop, haul down, let down, lower, pull down, remove, take off  
3    demolish, disassemble, dismantle, level, raze, take apart, take to pieces, tear down  
4    deflate, humble, humiliate, mortify, put down     (slang)  
take in  
1    absorb, assimilate, comprehend, digest, get the hang of     (informal)   grasp, understand  
2    comprise, contain, cover, embrace, encompass, include  
3    accommodate, admit, let in, receive  
4      (informal)   bilk, cheat, con     (informal)   cozen, deceive, do     (slang)   dupe, fool, gull     (archaic)   hoodwink, mislead, pull the wool over (someone's) eyes     (informal)   stiff     (slang)   swindle, trick  
take off  
1    discard, divest oneself of, doff, drop, peel off, remove, strip off  
2    become airborne, leave the ground, lift off, take to the air  
3      (informal)   abscond, beat it     (slang)   decamp, depart, disappear, go, hit the road     (slang)   hook it     (slang)   leave, pack one's bags     (informal)   set out, slope off, split     (slang)   strike out  
4      (informal)   caricature, hit off, imitate, lampoon, mimic, mock, parody, satirize, send up     (Brit. informal)   spoof     (informal)   take the piss (out of)     (taboo slang)   travesty  
take on  
1    employ, engage, enlist, enrol, hire, retain  
2    acquire, assume, come to have  
3    accept, address oneself to, agree to do, have a go at     (informal)   tackle, undertake  
4    compete against, contend with, enter the lists against, face, fight, match oneself against, oppose, pit oneself against, vie with  
5      (informal)   break down, get excited, get upset, give way, make a fuss  
take over     
assume control of, become leader of, come to power, gain control of, succeed to, take command of  
take to  
1    flee to, head for, make for, man, run for  
2    become friendly, be pleased by, be taken with, conceive an affection for, get on with, like, warm to  
3    have recourse to, make a habit of, resort to  
take up  
1    adopt, assume, become involved in, engage in, start  
2    begin again, carry on, continue, follow on, go on, pick up, proceed, recommence, restart, resume  
3    absorb, consume, cover, extend over, fill, occupy, use up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
exp.
expression used to point out that one has to struggle or suffer to achieve his goal
Jason: Damn it! I can't take it anymore. This exercise is killing me! Ray: Yeah but it’ll help you lose weight. Don't you know? No pain, no gain!
exp.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
exp.
go for something, take one's chances
exp.
go out in the street to protest
adj.
serving no purpose
exp.
not an easy task
adj.
(about a product or service) meant to meet the customers' basic requirements; with no add-ons, including only the basic features
E.g: It's a no frills hotel, but very clean and with friendly staff.
n.
no activitiy
Economy term
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
v.
am not
as in, I amn't going to the store. to replace the word ain't.
exp.
¡no toques eso!
exp.
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
exp.
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
v.
Not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.
exp.
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
adj.
basic, standard, with no special features
[Bus.]
v.
like a cocoon not an infection.
exp.
a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
exp.
get drunk or take drugs; get high
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
adj.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family
exp.
acronyme de "there is no alternative"
phrase chère jadis à Mme THATCHER reprise au G20 de novembre 2011 contre le Premier ministre grec et son référendum

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