||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To surprise or shock someone.
||I was taken aback by what he said.
||To have a similar appearance to or qualities of someone; to resemble.
||Jenny is the only daughter who certainly takes after her mother.
||To take a dislike to someone.
||She’s taken against him for some unknown reason.
||To separate into parts.
||He took the shelves apart for removal.
||To withdraw a statement or accusation as untrue or unjustified.
||OK, now don’t you curse me anymore; I take back and apologize for what I said.
|To remember a time in the past.
||Looking at her photo took me back to our shared childhood.
|To return a purchased item that is not satisfactory.
||I took it back and exchanged for a new one.
|To allow return of someone.
||He pleaded with his wife to take him back.
||To put down in writing.
||Please take down what I’m going to say.
|To write down something.
||Someone took down the getaway car number and gave it to the police.
|To move something towards a lower place or position.
||You should take the ceiling fan down; it’s no longer working.
||To think wrongly about something.
||He is likely to take your silence for consent.
|To consider in a particular way.
||They must have taken me for an idiot to want me to go along with their absurd idea.
||To deceive or be deceived.
||Jill was taken in by the company’s false claims about its products.
|To provide shelter to someone.
||The retirement home took in another elderly today.
||We couldn’t take in all the speaker said.
||To calculate the cost of the meal at that restaurant, we have to take in the tip.
|To alter the seams of an item of clothing to make it tighter or smaller.
||She will not take the pants in; she will buy a new pair.
|To keep someone in official custody.
||He was taken in for questioning as a potential suspect.
||The large windows enabled us to take in the fine views of the surrounding countryside.
||To head into the air.
||We were late and the plane took off without us.
||He took off his goggles which were steaming up and plunged into the pool.
|To become successful.
||His new business didn’t take off until after the third year of operation.
|To spend time away from work.
||He took a month off to get married.
|To leave quickly without telling anyone.
||Everyone was looking for her, but she had already taken off.
|To withdraw or discontinue.
||The product was taken off the production line due to falling demand.
||Take ten dollars off the total which I owe you and I’ll pay you the balance.
||To come to possess a particular quality, appearance, meaning, etc.
||After a new coat of paint, the old house takes on a new look.
|To employ someone.
||The company took on more workers as it was then set for major expansion.
||His promotion means he has to take on new responsibilities.
|To compete with or fight someone.
||The challenger will take on the reigning heavyweight boxing champion tonight.
||To bring someone to somewhere to do something.
||He often takes his family out for a meal at the same restaurant.
|To kill or destroy.
||One of the police snipers took out the deranged man holding a hostage.
|To remove or extract.
||He had his tonsils taken out when he was a child.
|To secure a legal application.
||She took out an injunction to prevent the press publishing the information.
|take out on
||To vent one’s anger or frustration on someone.
||It’s your own fault; why take it out on the children?
|To vent one’s anger or frustration on someone.
||We think the boss doesn’t like him; she’s always taking it out on him.
||To assume control of something.
||When you take over the driving, don’t sound the horn unnecessarily.
||To show the way to others.
||The guide took us round the leisure complex.
||To explain something to someone.
||The Manager took the new workers through the production process to familiarize them with it.
||To fall into a habit.
||Jim took to excessive drinking when his wife left him.
|To develop an aptitude for something.
||He took to the guitar at an early age.
|To develop a liking for something.
||She soon took to her mother-in-law’s cooking.
|To seek safety.
||As the fighting raged, the refugees took to the border.
||To become interested in something.
||Since my retirement, I’ve taken up stargazing.
|To develop an interest in a sporting activity.
||She has time now to take up cycling.
|To accept a challenge.
||If I don’t take up the challenge, they will likely say I have chickened out.
|To fill a position or post.
||He will take up his post as chief executive.
|To use up space, time, or attention.
||The piles of books are taking up too much space on the table.
|To continue a course of action.
||Some of them are going to take up the matter with the boss.
|take up with
||To become friendly with someone.
||He’s taken up with his new neighbour’s kids.
||To place responsibility for something on oneself.
||Mark took it upon himself to paint the whole house.
||To persuade someone to accept a point of view.
||She just doesn’t agree with the seriousness of the problem; one of you has to talk her around.
||To say something without regard for a reply or reaction.
||We tried to tell her what’s wrong, but she wouldn’t listen; she was talking at us.
||To make a reply that does not show proper respect.
||This kid will never hesitate to talk back to her mother.
||Mike often talked down the good things Betty did.
|talk down to
||To speak condescendingly to someone.
||It’s wrong to talk down to them like that; they are cleverer than you think.
||I didn’t want to get involved in the robbery, but he talked me into joining them.
||To discuss in order to settle or find a solution to something.
||We thought it was just a misunderstanding and asked them to talk it out.
|talk out of
||To persuade someone not to take a course of action.
||She talked him out of seeking work overseas.
|To persuade someone not to do something.
||She wanted to marry him but her parents talked her out of it.
||To discuss something thoroughly before taking an action.
||I think we’d better talk it over before we decide to buy it.
|To succeed in persuading someone.
||The Liverpool manager managed to talk the two players of rival teams over to his side.
||To speak indirectly about something.
||He talked round the issue but gave no indication of how to tackle it.
||To discuss thoroughly.
||I must talk this through with you two as there are a few things you need to know.
||To speak favourably or enthusiastically about something.
||We have to talk up this new product so that people can see the usefulness of it.