Let's suppose I am translating a text from my native language into English, and I come across a word that I don't know how to translate. I look it up in the dictionary and put it in my text. Can I say that I took that word from the dictionary, or should I use a different verb?

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    You might consider "I found this word in [name of dictionary]". Jun 23 '17 at 18:48
  • Found, got, located... all are fine, as is took. Jun 23 '17 at 18:57

Yes, "take" or "took" is fine here and is commonly used for this idea.

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    Took functions correctly, but sounds odd, at least to me (NAmE). More often than not, I hear that someone got a word from a dictionary. Jun 23 '17 at 19:29

“Got” and “found” are all good examples but not for every use of “took” in a sentence. If you were saying “It took me forever to finish the project.” Or “It took a long time for me to finish the test.”

Then what would you say is another word you could use to substitute “took” in those sentences?

  • Are you suggesting “Got” and “found”?
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 22 '20 at 2:42

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