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English Phrasal Verbs


A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb;
the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.
Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order
with their meaning and an example of use.


Phrasal verbs - Alphabetical List - T


Phrasal Verb

Meaning

Example

take after Resemble in appearance or character Jamie really takes after his dad.
take apart Dismantle or separate the components The technician has to take the machine apart in order to repair it.
take away Buy food at a restaurant and carry it elsewhere to eat it. Two beef curries to take away please.
take away Cause something to disappear The doctor gave me tablets to take away the pain.
take back Agree to receive back/ be returned. We will take back goods only if you can produce the receipt.
take back Retract or withdraw something said I take back what I said about cheating.
take care of Look after I'll take care of your plants while you're away.
take off Leave the ground The plane took off at 7 o'clock.
take in Allow to stay in one's home She's always taking in stray cats and dogs!
take in Note with your eyes and register. She took in every detail of her rival's outfit.
take in Understand what one sees, hears or reads / realize 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 Cause to dissapear. This should take out the stain.
take out Extract from somewhere. She took out a pen to note the address.
take out Invite someone to dinner, the theatre, cinema, etc. He took her out for a meal on her birthday.
take out Obtain a service or document. Take out an insurance policy/ a mortgage ...
take up Fill or occupy space or time. The 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 He took up a job as a teacher.
take up Make something shorter. The skirt will need to be taken up. 
take up Continue something interrupted. She took up the story where Bill had left off.
talk into Persuade someone to do something I talked John into buying a new car.
talk out of Persuade someone not to do something I tried to talk Amy out of leaving her job.
tear up Rip into pieces  Tear up the boxes before you put them in the bin.
tell off Reprimand / criticize severely The teacher told her off for not doing her homework.
test out Carry out an experiment The theory hasn't been tested out yet.
think over Consider I'll have to think over the proposal before I decide.
throw away Discard as useless or unwanted. You can throw away that book - it's a load of rubbish!
throw up Vomit / be sick I nearly threw up when I saw the injured passengers.
tire out Exhaust completely The children tired out their grandmother.
touch down Land on the runway The plane touched down exactly on time.
toy with Think about, without serious intent I've been toying with the idea of starting to walk to work.
track down Find by searching The police finally tracked down the main suspect.
trade in Give as part payment for a new article. I traded in my car for a new model.
try on Put on or wear something to see if it suits
or fits
I'm not sure about the size.  Can I try it on?
turn away Refuse entrance to someone Hundreds of fans were turned away from the football stadium.
turn down 1)Lower the volume.

2)Refuse
1)Please turn down the music;  it's too
    loud.
2) I couldn't turn down an offer like that!
turn off Stop by turning a switch, tap or knob. Turn off the lights please before you leave.
turn up 1) Arrive, appear

2) Raise the volume
1) She turned up an hour late.

2) Could you turn up the radio please?
 
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