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partake of

1. To eat, drink, or ingest something; to use or consume something. Let us partake of a light supper before we begin out journey. I never partake of drugs or alcohol.
2. To experience or take part in something; to avail of something. There were hundreds of people partaking of the numerous activities at the county fair. He decided to go to the more expensive university in New York rather than partake of a free college education in his home state.
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partake of something

 
1. to have a portion of something, such as food or drink. Would you care to partake of this apple pie with me? I would like to partake of that fine dinner I see set out on the table.
2. to take part in or experience something. Sarah had always wanted to partake of the good life. Roger had no intention of partaking of the events offered at the fair.
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partake of

v.
To use, consume, or participate in something shared with others: I hope that the guests will partake of the delicious dinner I prepared.
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References in classic literature ?
The mode of entering the great tower of Coningsburgh Castle is very peculiar, and partakes of the rude simplicity of the early times in which it was erected.
Whatever "that which is one" refers to, there is no indication that this argument is anything but an application of a general principle: if A is, then (i) A's essence is distinct from it, and (ii) A partakes of that essence.
Plato captures this point by saying that if something exists, it is because it partakes of essence (iii).
For example, two things can be large (or, equivalently, largeness can be in two things) so long as largeness is the sort of thing such that when something partakes of largeness, that largeness does not get absorbed into that thing's individual identity as this existent.
Judging from the Parmenides argument above, something with divisible identity exists because it partakes of divisible essence.
For example, though every form partakes of Difference and so is different from every other form, it does not follow that all the forms are the same in virtue of partaking of Difference.
Similarly, each form is different from the others because it partakes of the form of Difference, not because of its own nature.
In politics, declared Soviet ruler Vladimir Lenin, the central question is kto kogo--"Who does what to whom?" Partisan politics often partakes of this sensibility: Those out of power tend to be more suspicious of government than those momentarily in control of it.
The opening chapter, on railroad promotion of tourism, partakes of both these tendencies, getting this largely well-written book off to an unfortunately slow start.
Without reducing his work to a message or the mere illustration of a political idea, the French artist Melik Ohanian partakes of this kind of thinking.
She posited an infinite, essentially spiritual universe, containing only three species: an ubiquitously creative God, whose essential attribute is perfection - and is thus changeless; Christ, who partakes of the divine nature in reduced measure and is thus subject to change but only for the good, and who forms a bridge to the material/spiritual universe, providing the space and time within which it exists; and all created and contingent substances comprised of mind/spirit and matter.
CHRISTIAN BERNARD: "Patchwork in Progress" partakes of three key strategies at the museum: offering itself as a site of work and transformation rather than a theater of treasures; bringing heterogeneous sources of information together; and continuously reworking its mechanisms for experimental prospecting.
If Burton partakes of Signac's goals, he has abandoned the latter's use of the figure (as if to suggest that no individual has privileged access to cosmic mystery), and his gestures are more fluid and fast, tending to integrate with the geometry, each adumbrating and informing and begetting the next.
Perhaps, but it also partakes of the general museum strategy, in this age of government withdrawal, to Barnumize everything in sight.
Instead, the fairy tale it constructs partakes of a sympathetic magic, in which there is no intrinsic separation between the object and its representation, and in which both can be only partial.