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So here is the context: Three people are talking about a subject. One of them say:

"These things happen. I can see Marie's point of view easily, having been around good universities for a lot of my life; I can see Helena' take at least somewhat."

What does it mean in this case please ?

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    Welcome to ell. Would you tell us with which part you have problem. Here, "take" means "opinion". – Cardinal Oct 22 '16 at 14:22
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    This sense of "take" is relatively recent, deriving from the full OED's definition 10: orig. and chiefly Theatre, Film, and Television. An actor's reaction or response to an action, statement, etc., typically manifested by a particular facial expression, esp. directed to camera or an audience, first recorded 1938. The first citation for their definition 12: An individual's interpretation or assessment of a person, thing, or situation; a particular way of regarding or understanding something. Freq. with on is 1977. – FumbleFingers Oct 22 '16 at 15:09
  • You need an apostrophe s with the second name, just like with Marie's I edited your question to Helena's but maybe you mean Helen's? – Alan Carmack Oct 22 '16 at 15:22
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I can see Marie's point of view easily, having been around good universities for a lot of my life; I can see Helena's (or Helen's) take at least somewhat."

The sentence uses take to avoid repeating point of view. But your sentence needs to use an apostrophe s with the second name, just like with the first name: Marie's.

As a noun take can mean point of view or interpretation. Several online dictionaries do not list this usage, and Collins lists it as "informal, mainly US." As a native speaker of American English, I can say it's informal but quite idiomatic.

Even in Collins, you have to go down to the 84th and last entry to find this meaning:

take (noun)

a version or interpretation

But the first 76 definitions of take are for the verb, so it's not as uncommon as one might be led to believe.

At least somewhat means to a certain extent. The speaker doesn't see or understand "Helena's (?) take" completely.

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see = to understand

I see what you mean.

I don't see the point of your story.

Take = noun to mean someone's point of view, interpretation or assessment; how someone thinks about something.

The sentence means I can understand Helen's point of view to some extent.

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