President Trump: We’re looking for a complete deal. I’m not looking for a partial deal. China has been starting to buy our agricultural product. If you noticed over the last week — and actually, some very big purchases.

But that’s not what I’m looking for; we’re looking for the big deal. We’ve taken it to this level. We’re taking in billions and billions of dollars of tariffs. China has devalued their currency and they’re putting out a lot of money into their curren- — into their — into their economy.

Hi, I looked for the meaning of take in, and a dictionary says:

to accept something as real or true

He still hasn’t really taken in his father’s death. Macmillan

Is the meaning I found is correct in this case?

And if so, does it mean the U.S. has to accept the billions dollars of tariffs from China? I know it's related with the economy, but I'd like to know just the meaning of the phrase.

Thank you.

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Macmillan provides a UK dictionary defining British English, and "take in" in this context is an American invention, so an American dictionary like Merriam-Webster would provide a more appropriate definition:

Take in: 3. to receive as payment or proceeds

  • Thanks. Then in this context, does it mean the U.S. is receiving billions of dollars of tarrifs from China? Sep 26, 2019 at 0:08
  • Yes, that's what the claim is.
    – JRodge01
    Sep 26, 2019 at 12:20

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