19 Most Common Phrasal Verbs with Take!

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It will take some time to learn all the phrasal verbs, so let’s take a look at them one by one. Below you will see the most common ones with the verb ’take’.

Phrasal Verbs with Take



Phrasal Verbs with TAKE

1. be taken aback
to be shocked

  • I’d been taken aback by his behaviour at first, but it didn’t seem so shocking later on.

2. take after somebody
resemble a parent (looks or behaviour)

  • I take after my mother; I have the same hair colour and the same green eyes. Who do you take after?

3. take away
remove something from somebody / subtract (mathematics)/ carry food home from a restaurant

  • Dad! Josh wants to take away my doll. Come and help me!
  • If you have five apples and take away two, you’re left with three.
  • A sandwich and a large Coke to take away, please.

4. take away from something
make the value of something seem less

  • The fact that she’d cheated in the exam took away from her achievements.

5. take something apart
to disassemble

  • I think you should take the keyboard apart to clean it properly.

6. take something back
to say that you don’t really mean what you’ve said or written

  • Okay, okay, I’ll take it back. You’re not the worst singer I’ve ever heard.

7. take down
separate the pieces of a structure / write down

  • We’ll have to take down the cupboard if we want to paint the walls.
  • My colleague will show you the flat while I take down your personal details.

8. take for something
to regard as

  • I don’t like being taken for an idiot.
  • I won’t take no for an answer.

9. take in
give home to somebody / notice, absorb (and understand) / make clothes tighter/ to deceive

  • Last week I took in a kitten and she’s already the queen of the house.
  • I took in every word he said. It was an amazing speech.
  • I’ll have this dress taken in at the waist, it’s too big.
  • I’m easily taken in, so please don’t lie to me.





10. take off
remove clothing / remove hair (at the hairdresser’s) / airplane begins to fly/ to leave/ to become successful

  • You don’t have to take off your shoes, just go right ahead.
  • Can you take off just a little at the back, please?
  • The plane took off twenty minutes late, but landed on time.
  • They took off in the middle of the party.
  • My career took off immediately after I’d graduated.

11. take on
accept a job, responsibility / to employ, hire somebody

  • I can’t take on any extra work, I’m too busy.
  • They want to take on ten more assistants.

12. take over
gain control

  • You can stop now, I’ll take over from here.
  • Unfortunately, my company was taken over by a multinational firm and I lost my job.

13. take out
invite and go out with someone (to a restaurant, theater, disco etc) / to obtain some service/ get money from your bank account/ to kill somebody

  • George is taking me out to dinner tonight.
  • I had to take out a loan to start my business.
  • Let’s stop at the ATM. I need to take out some money.
  • The serial killer was taken out by snipers.

14. take (it) out on somebody
make someone feel bad, because you are feeling bad too

  • Hey, I understand that you’ve had a horrible day, but don’t take it out on me.

15. take somebody through something
to explain something in detail to somebody

  • I hope the instructions were clear. I can take you through it again if you want.

16. take to
to start liking/ to make a habit

  • I’d been worried whether my dog would get on well with the new puppy. I shouldn’t have worried- he took to it immediately.
  • I’ve taken to drinking my coffee black- I’d like to lose weight.

17. take up
start a new sport, hobby, school subject / fill space (or time)/ start again, resume

  • When I’m fluent in English, I’ll take up Spanish lessons.
  • This cupboard takes up too much space, I don’t want it in my living-room.
  • We took up where we had left off.

18. take somebody up on something
accept an offer

  • You’re always welcome to stay with us when you’re in Paris.
  • Thank you, I’ll take you up on that the next time I come to France.

19. take something up with somebody
mention something in order to seek help from somebody

  • Why don’t you take the matter up with your local MP (Member of Parliament)? I’m sure he or she could help.

More for you:
TAKE UP definition (phrasal verb)
Difference between TAKE and GET
Difference Between BRING and TAKE!
Other Ways to Say “Take Care”!


I hope you’ve taken an interest in phrasal verbs. Remember: the verb ‘take’ also has many different meanings in itself, why not revise them here and now? It takes time and practice to learn a foreign language.

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