VOCABULARY 39: TAKE phrasal verbs

VOCABULARY 39: TAKE phrasal verbs

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Today is the first autumn Saturday, btw! 😲

We continue speaking about phrasal verbs, which are incredibly important in the English language. Just keep in mind that if you want to sound like a native speaker, you should use phrasal verbs instead of normal ones.

Today we’ll revise TAKE phrasal verbs.

Here they are:

  1. To surprise or shock someone (old-fashioned, rare)
    We were taken aback by the news.
    His voice was so loud that it took us aback at first.
  1. To be similar to someone in appearance or character, especially a family member
    She’s very funny. She takes after her mother.
    He takes after his father’s side of the family.
  1. Take something apart or separate something into its different parts
    He took my phone apart to fix it.
  2. Showing the weakness of an argument or an idea
    They will take our report apart and then give us feedback.
  3. To criticise something (British English)
    The reviewers took apart the new film.
  1. To remove something
    Take that table away as we don’t need it in here.
    They tookaway my passport so I can’t travel.
  2. To subtract a number or amount
    Six take away four is two.
  3. To buy food from a restaurant and eat it elsewhere
    We ordered Chinese food to take away

Take something back

  1. Return something to the place you bought it
    The dress was too tight so I took it back to the shop.
  2. Admitting something you said/thought was wrong
    You’re not selfish. I take that (comment) back.
  3. To regain possession of
    took back my jacket from Sarah.
    Take someone back
  4. Allow someone to come back/return
    He cheated on her but she finally took him back.
    Takes you back (British English)
  5. Reminds you of a time in your past
    Playing that game took me back to my childhood.

Take something down

  1. Reach up and get something from a high place
    He took down the book from the top of the bookcase

To believe something about somebody, often wrongly
You took me for an idiot.
She looks very mature so I took her for much older than 14.

  1. Reach up and get something from a high place
    He took down the book from the top of the bookcase

Take somebody in

  1. Allow someone to stay in your house/country
    He had nowhere to go so she took him in.
  2. When the police remove someone from their home in order to question them
    The police took him in for questioning about the robbery.
  3. Deceived by something/someone
    She lied! I can’t believe I was taken in by her.
    Take something in
  4. To pay attention to, understand something
    It was a very good speech and I took it all in.
  5. See everything at the same time with just one look
    When she walked into the room she took it all in.
  6. Allow something to enter your body, by breathing or swallowing
    Some plants take in a lot of water and can’t grow in dry places.
  7. To make clothing smaller/tighter
    She took in her dress as it was too big.
  8. The amount of money a business gets from people buying goods or services
    It was a successful year as the company took in £1.5 million.
  9. To include or constitute something
    The book takes in the period between the First and Second World Wars.
  1. Leave the ground (an airplane, bird or insect)
    The plane took off at 2pm.To become successful or popular very suddenly
  2. Her career took off.
  3. To suddenly leave somewhere (informal)
  4. He took off before I had a chance to say bye.
  5. Imitate/impersonate somebody
  6. She takes off her mother so well.
  7. When a service is withdrawn
  8. The program was taken off TV because it wasn’t very popular.
  9. Take something off
  10. To remove a piece of clothing
  11. It was hot in the room so he took off his jumper.
  12. Not go to work, but with permission
  13. She took a week off to go and visit her family.

Take something on

  1. Accept a job or responsibility, especially a difficult one
    took on the project.
  2. Develop an appearance or quality
    The room took on a 1970s look.
    Take somebody on
  3. Employ someone to do a job
    I went for the interview last week and now they’ve decided to take me on.
  4. To fight or compete against someone
    Germany will take on Mexico in the first round of the World Cup.
  5. Allowing people to get on a vehicle
    We can only take on five more passengers at the next stop.

Take something over

  1. To get control of a company, business
    Facebook took over WhatsApp in 2014.
  2. To seize power/control (e.g. of a country), often by force
    When the protests started the army took over.
    Take over from something
  3. To become bigger/more important than something else, take control
    Her desire to win took over.
    Take over from somebody
  4. To start having control of something, in place of somebody else
    Susan is taking overfrom Anna as manager.
13. TAKE someone THROUGH something
  1. To explain something to someone
    Let me take you through the instructions for the exam.
    If you don’t understand what you’re meant to do, I can take you through it.
  1. To like something/somebody
    It was only the teacher’s first class but the students really took to him.
  2. Start doing something often
    She’s taken to drinking green tea every morning.


  1. Spend time doing something regularly (e.g. a hobby)
    She took up swimming and started going twice a week.
16. TAKE it UPON oneself
  1. Accept responsibility for something
    He took it upon himself to show the guests around.
    took it upon myself to give him the bad news.