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Verb

to take in

  1. (idiomatic) To deceive; to hoodwink.
  2. To foster or adopt a child informally.
  3. To shorten (a garment) or make it smaller.
    Try taking the skirt in a little around the waist.
  4. To absorb or comprehend.
    The news is a lot to take in right now.
  5. To receive into your home for the purpose of processing for a fee.
    In hard times, some women would take in washing and others dressmaking repairs.

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