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take in (2)

Meaning: to fully understand something you hear or read

Synonym: grasp, comprehend, understand

For example:

  • take sth in I had to read the article a second time to really take it all in. It wasn't easy to understand.

  • take in sth She nodded as if she understood, but she wasn't really taking in much of what he was saying.

Quick Quiz:

Professor Dumbledore's lectures are very interesting, but to take everything in you'll need to
  1. register early
  2. concentrate hard
  3. be checked by security

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