synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of taking in English

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  • IPA(key): /ˈteɪkɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪkɪŋ


taking (comparative more taking, superlative most taking)

  1. Alluring; attractive.
    • 1878, Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, Book 3, Chapter 1,[2]
      “Yes, Paris must be a taking place,” said Humphrey. “Grand shop-winders, trumpets, and drums; and here be we out of doors in all winds and weathers—”
  2. (obsolete) Infectious; contagious.
    • 1647, John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, The False One, Act IV, Scene 3,[3]
      Come not near me,
      For I am yet too taking for your company.

Derived terms

  • takingly
  • takingness



taking (countable and uncountable, plural takings)

  1. The act by which something is taken.
  2. (uncountable) A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
  3. (uncountable) A state of mental distress, resulting in excited or erratic behavior (in the expression in a taking).
    • 1970, Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave, New York: Fawcett Crest, Book 1, Chapter 2, p. 26,[6]
      “[...] there’ll be a beating for someone, by my reckoning, if he’s not there by the time the King’s looking round for him. He’s been in a rare taking since the outriders came in, that I can tell you.”
  4. (in the plural) Cash or money received (by a shop or other business, for example).
    Synonyms: income, receipts
    Fred was concerned because the takings from his sweetshop had fallen again for the third week.
    Count the shop's takings.




  1. present participle of take



  • Hyphenation: ta‧king
  • IPA(key): /ˈtakiŋ/, [ˈta.xɪŋ]



  1. (Taal Batangas) boy
    Synonyms: totoy, toto, tuto, itoy

See also

  • tagay

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