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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.

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used phrasal verbs in English.

 Alphabetical List T 


  • 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
    • Cause something to disappear.
      "The doctor gave my father tablets to take away the pain."

    • 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 goods only if you can produce the receipt."

    • 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.
      "The plane took off at 7 o'clock."

  • take in
    • Allow to stay in one's home.
      "The old lady next door is always taking in stray cats and dogs!"

    • Note with your eyes and register.
      "Amanda took in every detail of her rival's outfit."

    • 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 ; cause to disappear.
      "Try this. It should take out the stain."

    • Extract from somewhere.
      "She took out a pen to note down the supplier's address."

    • Invite someone to dinner, the theatre, cinema, etc.
      "Her boyfriend took her out for a meal on her birthday."

    • Obtain a service or document (insurance, mortgage ...).
      "Many homeowners take out a mortgage when they buy  property."

  • take up
    • Fill or occupy space or time.
      "There's not much space here. The big table takes up too much room.

    • Adopt as a hobby or pastime.
      "My father took up golf when he retired."

    • Start something e.g. a job.
      "While writing his first book he took up a job as a teacher."

    • Make something shorter.
      "That skirt is too long for you. It will need to be taken up.

    • Continue something interrupted.
      "She took up the story where Bill had left off."

  • talk into
    • Persuade someone to do something.
      "Caroline talked John into buying a new car."

  • talk out of
    • Persuade someone not to do something.
      "Her parents tried to talk Amy out of leaving her job."

  • tear up
    • Rip into pieces
      "Tear up the pizza boxes before you put them in the bin."

  • tell off
    • Reprimand; criticise 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 something fully.
      "I'll have to think over your proposal before I decide."

  • think up
    • Invent, find, produce by thought.
      "The kids put the cat in the oven because it was cold. What are they going to think up next!"


  • throw away/out
    • 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 were so turbulent they tired out their grandmother."

  • touch down
    • Land on the runway.
      "There were no delays. The plane touched down exactly on time."

  • toy with
    • Think about, without serious intent.
      "I've been toying with the idea of walking to work, but it would mean getting up earlier."

  • track down
    • Search until found.
      "The police finally tracked down the main suspect."

  • trade in
    • Give as part payment for a new article.
      "I traded in my old 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.
      "Tickets were sold out and hundreds of fans were turned away from the football stadium."

  • turn down
    • Lower the volume.
      Please turn down the music; it's too loud.

    • Refuse.
      "It would be silly to turn down a generous offer like that!

  • turn off
    • Stop by turning a switch, tap or knob.
      "Please remember to turn off the lights before you leave."

  • turn up
    • Arrive; appear.
      "Her train was delayed so she turned up an hour late at the meeting.

    • Raise the volume.
      Could you turn up the radio please? I'd like to listen to the news.

More Phrasal Verbs: 

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