partake vs participate : Common Errors in English

About partake vs participate

“Partake” looks like it might mean “take part,” and that’s how many people mistakenly use it where they should say “participate.” The main modern meaning of “partake” is “consume,” especially in relation to food. One can partake of the refreshments at a party, but one can also partake of Twinkies at home alone, without any thought of sharing.So don’t ask people to “partake” in a planning process when you mean to ask them to participate.

partake Meaning(s)

  • (v) have some of the qualities or attributes of something
  • (v) have, give, or receive a share of
  • (v) consume

participate Meaning(s)

  • (v) share in something
  • (v) become a participant; be involved in

partake in News

  1. Marblehead firefighters hold annual memorial service

    Early Sunday morning, local firefighters, members of the public and public officials, including Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren and Marblehead’s Board of Selectmen, gathered around Waterside Cemetery’s firefighters monument to partake in Firefighters Memorial Sunday Service.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marblehead Reporter

  2. Wyatt to work out for Sixers on Saturday

    The 76ers have moved up their scheduled workout with Temple guard Khalif Wyatt, according to a source close to the player. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder will partake in pre-draft drills at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday. The Sixers were originally scheduled to work out the Norristown native on June 20.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Philly.com

  3. Dance instructor offers free classes for young students

    When students enter Alyssa Barnecut's dance academy to partake in their weekly ballet, tap or jazz class, they leave their problems at the front door.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

participate in News

  1. AutoGrid Systems CEO Amit Narayan to Participate in the Third Annual Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative America in ...

    AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data Analytics for the electricity and energy industry, will participate in the third annual Clinton Global Initiative America meeting. Sharing CGI's mission to accelerate ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. ONEOK Partners to Participate in the J.P. Morgan Energy Infrastructure/MLP Corporate Access Day

    TULSA, Okla., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS) will participate in J.P. Morgan's 2 nd Annual Energy Infrastructure/MLP One-on-One Corporate Access Day on Thursday, June 13, ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Warrior Gateway to Participate in CGI America 2013 Discussing How to Bring Veterans into High Growth Entrepreneurship

    Warrior Gateway CEO, Devin B. Holmes, to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America 2013 conference. He brings his experience leading the innovative veterans non-profit, Warrior Gateway, to explore opportunities for veterans to lead the next generation of great innovators and job creators. (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6 ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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