bring vs take :

bring or take

When you are viewing the movement of something from the point of arrival, use “bring”: “When you come to the potluck, please bring a green salad.” Viewing things from the point of departure, you should use “take“: “When you go to the potluck, take a bottle of wine.”

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  • v  take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
    This brings me to the main point
  • v  cause to come into a particular state or condition
    bring water to the boiling point
  • v  cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    bring comments
  • v  go or come after and bring or take back
    Could you bring the wine?
  • v  bring into a different state
  • v  be accompanied by
    Can I bring my cousin to the dinner?
  • v  advance or set forth in court
    bring charges", "institute proceedings
  • v  bestow a quality on
    She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings
  • v  be sold for a certain price
  • v  attract the attention of
  • v  induce or persuade

  • n  the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  • n  the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
  • v  carry out
    take action
    take steps
    take vengeance
  • v  require (time or space)
  • v  take somebody somewhere
    can you take me to the main entrance?
  • v  get into one's hands, take physically
    Can you take this bag, please
  • v  take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
  • v  interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
    How should I take this message?
    You can't take credit for this!
  • v  take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  • v  take into one's possession
    I'll take three salmon steaks
  • v  travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route
    He takes the bus to work
    She takes Route 1 to Newark
  • v  pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  • v  receive willingly something given or offered
  • v  assume, as of positions or roles
  • v  take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
  • v  require as useful, just, or proper
    It takes nerve to do what she did
  • v  experience or feel or submit to
  • v  make a film or photograph of something
    take a scene
  • v  remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    take the gun from your pocket
  • v  serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    I don't take sugar in my coffee
  • v  accept or undergo, often unwillingly
  • v  make use of or accept for some purpose
    take a risk
    take an opportunity
  • v  take by force
  • v  occupy or take on
  • v  admit into a group or community
  • v  ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial
    take a pulse
    A reading was taken of the earth's tremors
  • v  be a student of a certain subject
  • v  take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
  • v  head into a specified direction
  • v  point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  • v  be seized or affected in a specified way
    take sick
    be taken drunk
  • v  have with oneself; have on one's person
    She always takes an umbrella
  • v  engage for service under a term of contract
    Shall we take a guide in Rome?
  • v  receive or obtain regularly
    We take the Times every day
  • v  buy, select
    I'll take a pound of that sausage
  • v  to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort
    take shelter from the storm
  • v  have sex with; archaic use
    He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable
  • v  lay claim to; as of an idea
  • v  be designed to hold or take
    This surface will not take the dye
  • v  be capable of holding or containing
    This box won't take all the items
  • v  develop a habit
  • v  proceed along in a vehicle
  • v  obtain by winning
    Winner takes all
  • v  be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
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