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  ( deeper    comparative)   ( deepest    superlative  )
1       adj   If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.,   (Antonym: shallow)    The water is very deep and mysterious-looking..., Den had dug a deep hole in the centre of the garden..., Kelly swore quietly, looking at the deep cut on his left hand., ...a deep ravine.     
      Deep is also an adverb., adv   ADV prep/adv, ADV after v  
Deep in the earth's crust the rock may be subjected to temperatures high enough to melt it..., Gingerly, she put her hand in deeper, to the bottom.     
  deeply      adv   ADV after v, ADV adj/-ed  
There isn't time to dig deeply and put in manure or compost...     
2       adj   A deep container, such as a cupboard, extends or measures a long distance from front to back.  
The wardrobe was very deep.     
3       adj   You use deep to talk or ask about how much something measures from the surface to the bottom, or from front to back.  
amount ADJ, n ADJ, how ADJ, as ADJ as, ADJ-compar than  
I found myself in water only three feet deep..., The mud is ankle deep around Shush Square..., How deep did the snow get?     
      Deep is also a combining form., comb in adj  
...an inch-deep stab wound.     
4       adv   Deep in an area means a long way inside it.  
ADV prep/adv, ADV after v  
They were now deep inside rebel territory.     
5       adv   If you say that things or people are two, three, or fourdeep, you mean that there are two, three, or four rows or layers of them there.  
num ADV  
A crowd three deep seemed paralysed by the images on these monitors...     
6       adj   You use deep to emphasize the seriousness, strength, importance, or degree of something.  
usu ADJ n     (emphasis)    (=profound)  
I had a deep admiration for Sartre..., He wants to express his deep sympathy to the family.     
  deeply      adv   (=profoundly)  
Our meetings and conversations left me deeply depressed...     
7       adv   If you experience or feel something deepinside you or deepdown, you feel it very strongly even though you do not necessarily show it.  
ADV prep/adv, ADV with cl  
Deep down, she supported her husband's involvement in the organization.     
8       adj   If you are in a deep sleep, you are sleeping peacefully and it is difficult to wake you.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: light)    Una soon fell into a deep sleep.     
  deeply      adv   ADV after v  
She slept deeply but woke early.     
9       adj   If you are deep in thought or deep in conversation, you are concentrating very hard on what you are thinking or saying and are not aware of the things that are happening around you.  
v-link ADJ in n  
Abby had been so deep in thought that she had walked past her aunt's car without even seeing it...     
10       adj   A deep breath or sigh uses or fills the whole of your lungs.  
ADJ n  
Cal took a long, deep breath, struggling to control his own emotions...     
  deeply      adv   ADV after v  
She sighed deeply and covered her face with her hands.     
11       comb in colour   You use deep to describe colours that are strong and fairly dark.,   (Antonym: pale)    The sky was deep blue and starry...     
      Deep is also an adjective., adj   usu ADJ n     (Antonym: pale)    ...deep colours.     
12       adj   A deep sound is low in pitch.,   (Antonym: high)    His voice was deep and mellow..., They heard a deep, distant roar.     
13       adj   If you describe someone as deep, you mean that they are quiet and reserved in a way that makes you think that they have good qualities such as intelligence or determination.,   (Antonym: shallow)    James is a very deep individual...     
14       adj   If you describe something such as a problem or a piece of writing as deep, you mean that it is important, serious, or complicated.  
They're written as adventure stories. They're not intended to be deep.     
15       adv   If you are deepin debt, you have a lot of debts.  
ADV in/into n  
He is so deep in debt and desperate for money that he's apparently willing to say anything...     
  deeply      adv   ADV in/into n  
Because of her medical and her legal bills, she is now penniless and deeply in debt.     
16    If you know something deep down or deep down inside, you know that it is true, but you are not always conscious of it or willing to admit it to yourself.  
deep down      phrase   PHR after v, PHR with cl  
We knew deep down that we could do it..., Deep down, we had always detested each other.     
17    If you say that you took a deep breath before doing something dangerous or frightening, you mean that you tried to make yourself feel strong and confident.  
take a deep breath             phrase   V inflects  
I took a deep breath and went in.     
18    If you say that something goes deep or runs deep, you mean that it is very serious or strong and is hard to change.  
go/run deep      phrase   V inflects  
His anger and anguish clearly went deep...     
    in at the deep end  
    in deep water  
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
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
Qualifies a person who has a deep understanding of a certain topic, usually feminism.
Example: Love hearing Daniel Radcliffe praise the HeForShe campaign, he is so woke!'
go for something, take one's chances
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
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
go out in the street to protest
I can't understand it, I can't believe it, I can't accept it
take credit for another person's accomplishment
get drunk or take drugs; get high
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do
I showed my initiative when I became a group leader in class.
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.
take an action that will complicate things; do something with a negative impact
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
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