take the lead meaning, take the lead definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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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  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
go out in the street to protest
exp.
go for something, take one's chances
v.
lead; run
quarterback a meeting
exp.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
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
exp.
get drunk or take drugs; get high
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
n.
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
n.
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.
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.
take an action that will complicate things; do something with a negative impact
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
n.
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
n.
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
n.
when a person kills someone then takes their own life it is referred to as a murder suicide

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