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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Par·take v. i. [imp. Partook p. p. Partaken p. pr. & vb. n. Partaking.]
 1. To take a part, portion, lot, or share, in common with others; to have a share or part; to participate; to share; as, to partake of a feast with others. “Brutes partake in this faculty.”
    When I against myself with thee partake.   --Shak.
 2. To have something of the properties, character, or office; -- usually followed by of.
    The attorney of the Duchy of Lancaster partakes partly of a judge, and partly of an attorney-general.   --Bacon.