1. Capturing interest; fetching: a taking smile.
2. Contagious; catching. Used of an infectious disease.
1. The act of one that takes.
2. Something taken, as a catch of fish.
3. Law An action by a government, especially under the power of eminent domain, that deprives a private owner of real property or of the use and enjoyment of that property.
4. takings Informal Receipts, especially of money.
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