Phrasal verbs with ‘take’



Phrasal verbs with ‘take’


Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases including a verb and either a preposition or an adverb or a combination of the two. Below you can learn the most common phrasal verbs with ‘take’ and read some examples.


Take after

Meaning: to resemble, be similar to i.e. a parent or family member.

Example: You take after you mother when it comes to appearance and your father when it comes to character.


Take something back

Meaning: return an item to the store

Example: I have to take back the shoes I bought for Molly, they turned out to be too small for her.


Take something down

Meaning: to disassemble something or write something on a piece of paper

Example: My son built a Lego tower, but he had to take it down, because it was taking up the whole room.

I was involved in a hit and run, but I managed to take down the runaway’s plate number.


Take off

Meaning: an airplane starting or for something to become very successful

Example: What time does our plane take off? I don’t want to miss it!

My business took off really fast. I wasn’t expecting this.


Take somebody in

Meaning: to allow someone to stay in your house, give them shelter.

Example: My friend had a fight with his girlfriend so I took him in for the night.


Take somebody out

Meaning: invite someone to the restaurant or the cinema or any other entertainment with the intention of paying for them.

Example: My boyfriend always takes me out to our favorite restaurant for my birthday.


Take something on

Meaning: accept a task or responsibility

Example: Helen’s boss asked her to take on a new project even though she is really busy.


Take something out on somebody

Meaning: treat someone innocent badly to get rid of your frustrations.

Example: Don’t take out you fight with Jenny on me, I wasn’t even there!


Take something up

Meaning: to start doing something regularly

Example: Jessica has taken up yoga recently, she was looking for something to help her get rid of back pain.


Take something up with somebody

Meaning: to discuss with or complain to someone about a problem

Example: I’m sorry that you feel this way Sir, but I am only following protocol. If you like you can take this up with my manager.


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