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  ( 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  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
take          [1]     ( takes    3rd person present)   ( taking    present participle)   ( took    past tense)   ( taken    past participle  )   (USED WITH NOUNS DESCRIBING ACTIONS)  
Take is used in combination with a wide range of nouns, where the meaning of the combination is mostly given by the noun. Many of these combinations are common idiomatic expressions whose meanings can be found at the appropriate nouns. For example, the expression take care is explained at care.     
1       verb   You can use take    followed by a noun to talk about an action or event, when it would also be possible to use the verb that is related to that noun. For example, you can say `she took a shower' instead of `she showered'.      
Betty took a photograph of us...      V n  
I've never taken a holiday since starting this job...      V n  
There's not enough people willing to take the risk...      V n  
2       verb   In ordinary spoken or written English, people use take    with a range of nouns instead of using a more specific verb. For example people often say `he took control' or `she took a positive attitude' instead of `he assumed control' or `she adopted a positive attitude'.      
The Patriotic Front took power after a three-month civil war...      V n  
I felt it was important for women to join and take a leading role...      V n  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




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  
17    catch, gate, haul, proceeds, profits, receipts, return, revenue, takings, yield  
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
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.
go for something, take one's chances
not an easy task
absolutely not; not in this lifetime
Slang expression used mostly in 19th century
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
(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.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
go out in the street to protest
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!
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
serving no purpose
no activitiy
Economy term
not to include something
I want to try a diet that excludes dairy products.
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