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Verb: take in
  1. Provide with shelter
  2. Fool or hoax
    - gull, dupe, slang [archaic, informal], befool [archaic], cod [Brit, informal], fool, put on, put one over [informal], put one across [informal]
  3. Suck or take up or in
    "A black star takes in all matter";
    - absorb
  4. Visit for entertainment
    "take in the sights"
  5. Call for and obtain payment of
    "we took in over a million dollars in outstanding debts";
    - collect
  6. Look at and follow all (or part of) something being shown or performed
    "take in a show on television";
    - watch, view, see, catch
  7. Express willingness to have in one's home or environs
    "The community warmly took in the refugees";
    - receive, invite
  8. Fold up
    "take in the sails";
    - gather in
  9. Take up mentally
    "he took in the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe";
    - absorb, assimilate, ingest
  10. Receive money in return for work; make a profit as the result of some business transaction
    "He takes in $5,000 each month";
    - gain, clear, make, earn, realize, realise [Brit], pull in [informal], bring in
  11. Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
    "We took in the conversation at the next table";
    - catch, overhear
  12. Accept
    "The cloth takes in the liquid";
    - take up
  13. Take in, also metaphorically
    "The sponge takes in water well";
    - absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take up
  14. Take up as if with a sponge
    - sop up, suck in, take up
  15. Eat, esp. normally or regularly
    - consume, ingest, take, have
  16. Take into one's family
    "They took in two children from Nicaragua";
    - adopt
  17. Make (clothes) smaller
    "Please take in this skirt--I've lost weight"
Noun: take-in  teyk in
  1. The act of taking in as by fooling, cheating or swindling someone

Derived forms: take-ins, taking in, took in, takes in, taken in

See also: accept, take

Type of: acquire, alter, betray, change, deceit, deceive, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, domiciliate, furl, get, have, hear, house, larn, lead astray, learn, put up, receive, roll up, see, take, vary, visit, watch

Antonym: give off, let out