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That's a question from my friend who has been doing research about the verb take recently. He uses Cambridge Dictionary and they list 17 uses in total (for only the verb). [link] (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/take#british-1-1-3)

I read all 17 uses but couldn't figure out which use it is. I thought it was need or accept.

I also ran into this link which says that the meaning of take depends on the words that go with it in some specific expressions. So, if I cannot find an exact use of take, which meaning should I refer to? I just thought about accept.

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In the phrase

take precautions

"take" has the meaning of "hold (with you)" or "use"

Take precautions when going into the wild.
Use precautions when going into the wild.

Take notice of anything strange that you see or hear.
Pay close attention to anything strange that you see or hear.

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