Applying vs Taking - What's the difference?

applying | taking |

As verbs the difference between applying and taking

is that applying is while taking is .

As nouns the difference between applying and taking

is that applying is the act of applying while taking is the act by which something is taken.

As an adjective taking is

alluring; attractive.




  • Noun

  • The act of applying.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=(Henry Petroski) , title=Opening Doors , volume=100, issue=2, page=112-3 , magazine= citation , passage=A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place. Applying' a force tangential to the knob is essentially equivalent to ' applying one perpendicular to a radial line defining the lever.}}




    (en adjective)
  • alluring; attractive.
  • * Fuller
  • subtile in making his temptations most taking
  • (obsolete) infectious; contagious
  • (Beaumont and Fletcher)


  • The act by which something is taken.
  • * 2010 , Ian Ayres, Optional Law: The Structure of Legal Entitlements (page 75)
  • Second, they argue that giving the original owner a take-back option might lead to an infinite sequence of takings and retakings if the exercise price for the take-back option (i.e., the damages assessed at each round) is set too low.
  • (uncountable) A seizure of someone's goods or possessions.
  • (uncountable) An apprehension.
  • (countable) That which has been gained.
  • Count the shop's takings .


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  • *:Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging.He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
  • Derived terms

    * for the taking

    See also

    * takings