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 English Phrasal Verbs 



Commonly-used phrasal verbs.

 Phrasal Verbs with TAKE 



Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Take after Resemble in appearance or character Jamie really takes after his father.
Take apart Dismantle or separate the components The technician has to take the machine apart to repair it.
Take away Cause something to disappear The doctor gave me tablets to take away the pain.
Take away Buy food at a restaurant and carry it elsewhere to eat it. Two beef curries to take away please.
Take back Agree to receive back/ be returned. We will take back the goods only if you can produce the receipt.
Take back Retract or withdraw something said I take back what I said about cheating. I didn't mean it.
Take care of Look after I'll take care of your plants while you're away.
Take off Leave the ground (a plane) The plane took off at 7 o'clock.
Take off Remove something May I take off my jacket? It's warm in here.
Take in Allow to stay in one's home The old lady next door is always taking in stray cats and dogs!
Take in Note with your eyes and register. Amanda took in every detail of her rival's outfit.
Take in Understand what one sees, hears or reads; realise what is happening. The man immediately took in the scene and called the police.
Take on Hire or engage staff Business is good so the company is taking on extra staff.
Take out Remove or cause to disappear Try this. It should take out the stain.
Take out Extract from somewhere Sam took out a pen to note down the supplier's address.
Take out Invite somone to dinner,  the cinema, etc. Her boyfriend took her out for a meal on her birthday.
Take out Obtain a service or document (insurance, loan, etc.) Many homeowners take out a mortgage when they buy property.
Take to Begin to like somebody or something. My parents took to James immediately. 
Take to Make a new habit of something He's taken to walking in the park every morning.
Take up Fill or occupy space or time. There's not much space here. The big table takes up too much room.
Take up Adopt as a hobby or pastime. My father took up golf when he retired.
Take up Start something e.g. a job. While writing his first book Tony took up a job as a teacher.
Take up Make something shorter That skirt is too long for you. It will need to be taken up.
Take up Continue something interrupted She took up the story where Bill had left off.

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