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take from (someone or something)
1. To acquire, receive, or steal (something) from someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "from" to specify what is being taken. The thief had a policy of only taking from the rich. I hated having to take money from the government when I was unemployed, but I had no other option at the time. She's so stubborn, always refusing to take advice from her peers.
2. To subtract or deduct a number or item from a larger number or list. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "from." If you take 25 from 100, you're left with 75, see? The waiter agreed to take the drinks from their bill.
3. To gain custody of and remove someone from someone, something, or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "from." Child Protective Services are threatening to take my daughter away from me. Secret police have been taking political activists from their homes in the middle of the night.
4. To suffer, endure, or tolerate some negative treatment from someone. A noun or pronoun is used between "take" and "from." How can you just sit there and take that abuse from him? Doesn't it bother you? I'm not taking any guff from anyone. The first person to talk back is fired, understand?
take something from someone
1. Lit. to remove something from someone's possession. Jimmy took Tim's cookie from him. Please don't take my money from me.
2. Fig. to endure abuse from someone. I cannot take any more from you! Tom could not take any more bad treatment from Alice.
take something from something
to subtract something from something; to remove something from something. Take ten from twenty and see what you have left. If you take the lettuce out of the salad, what do you have left?