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I'm reading a story in English: it's not my native language. I don't understand what does phrase below mean?

Chris takes in the sloe-eyed tilt of his head, the mussed hair that must have come from the padded headgear.

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The important part of this sentence is takes in.

To take in means to observe and then consider its significance.

This means that Chris observes these characteristics (the sloe-eyed tilt of his head and the mussed hair) of the other character and judges something about the character based off them.

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