partake vs participate :

partake or 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.

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Definitions

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

  • v  share in something
  • v  become a participant; be involved in
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - Marblehead Reporter
  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - Marblehead Reporter
  • 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.
    June 12, 2013 - Philly.com