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To eat. In the deep south of India It is polite to ask someone if they have had their breakfast or lunch. Rather than eat, the word take is often used.

Usage

Watchman: Hello sir. You have taken lunch?
Sir: Yes Moti, I have taken it.
Watchman: How is your family?
Sir: They have taken also.
Added 2011-07-02 by porkipaya

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Ambiguous in the context of school or college exams:
To 'take an exam' might mean either of the following:
(a) You are a teacher conducting the exam (typical Indian usage)
(b) You are a student writing the exam (typical Western usage)

In either case, it is the opposite of give.

Usage

Teacher: Pass me that hip flask! I have to take an exam today and I'm not looking forward to shepherding those brats.

Student: I'm so nervous, I have to take an exam today but I haven't mugged anything!

Added 2011-07-06 by Borax Babu

Root

English

Region

All India

Categories

School and College

Related Terms

Give