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for To take after
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Take \Take\, v. i.
1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or
intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was
inoculated, but the virus did not take. --Shak.
When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.
In impressions from mind to mind, the impression
taketh, but is overcome . . . before it work any
manifest effect. --Bacon.
2. To please; to gain reception; to succeed.
Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake,
And hint he writ it, if the thing should take.
3. To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's
self; to proceed; to go; -- usually with to; as, the fox,
being hard pressed, took to the hedge.
4. To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his
face does not take well.
To take after.
(a) To learn to follow; to copy; to imitate; as, he takes
after a good pattern.
(b) To resemble; as, the son takes after his father.
To take in with, to resort to. [Obs.] --Bacon.
To take on, to be violently affected; to express grief or
pain in a violent manner.
To take to.
(a) To apply one's self to; to be fond of; to become
attached to; as, to take to evil practices. "If he
does but take to you, . . . you will contract a great
friendship with him." --Walpole.
(b) To resort to; to betake one's self to. "Men of
learning, who take to business, discharge it generally
with greater honesty than men of the world."
To take up.
(a) To stop. [Obs.] "Sinners at last take up and settle in
a contempt of religion." --Tillotson.
(b) To reform. [Obs.] --Locke.
To take up with.
(a) To be contended to receive; to receive without
opposition; to put up with; as, to take up with plain
fare. "In affairs which may have an extensive
influence on our future happiness, we should not take
up with probabilities." --I. Watts.
(b) To lodge with; to dwell with. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
To take with, to please. --Bacon.
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