19 Most Common Phrasal Verbs with Take!

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

Phrasal Verbs with Take



Phrasal Verbs with TAKE

1. be taken aback
to be shocked

  • Iโ€™d been taken aback by his behaviour at first, but it didnโ€™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, youโ€™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 sheโ€™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 donโ€™t really mean what youโ€™ve said or written

  • Okay, okay, Iโ€™ll take it back. Youโ€™re not the worst singer Iโ€™ve ever heard.

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

  • Weโ€™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 donโ€™t like being taken for an idiot.
  • I wonโ€™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 sheโ€™s already the queen of the house.
  • I took in every word he said. It was an amazing speech.
  • Iโ€™ll have this dress taken in at the waist, itโ€™s too big.
  • I’m easily taken in, so please don’t lie to me.





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

  • You donโ€™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 Iโ€™d graduated.

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

  • I canโ€™t take on any extra work, Iโ€™m too busy.
  • They want to take on ten more assistants.

12. take over
gain control

  • You can stop now, Iโ€™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.
  • Letโ€™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 youโ€™ve had a horrible day, but donโ€™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

  • Iโ€™d been worried whether my dog would get on well with the new puppy. I shouldnโ€™t have worried- he took to it immediately.
  • Iโ€™ve taken to drinking my coffee black- Iโ€™d like to lose weight.

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

  • When Iโ€™m fluent in English, Iโ€™ll take up Spanish lessons.
  • This cupboard takes up too much space, I donโ€™t want it in my living-room.
  • We took up where we had left off.

18. take somebody up on something
accept an offer

  • Youโ€™re always welcome to stay with us when youโ€™re in Paris.
  • Thank you, Iโ€™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 donโ€™t you take the matter up with your local MP (Member of Parliament)? Iโ€™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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