Phrasal Verbs with 'Take'
Surprise or shock
Example:The news of her death TOOK me ABACK.
Look like, resemble
Example:He TAKES AFTER his mother.
Take something to pieces
Example:She TOOK the photocopier APART to see what had got stuck in it.
Get someone alone to talk to them
Example:The teacher TOOK her ASIDE and said that she'd failed the exam.
Example:The police TOOK the protestors AWAY.
Make someone nostalgic
Example:That song always TAKES me BACK to when I was at university.
Retract a statement, admit that something was wrong
Example:I had to TAKE BACK everything bad I'd said about them when I learned how they'd helped out.
Make notes or write down in full
Example:The police TOOK DOWN his answers to their questions.
Example:People TAKE DOWN their Christmas decorations twelve days after Christmas.
Believe that someone is a certain kind of person
Example:Do you TAKE me FOR a fool?
Example:The lecture was rather boring and I didn't TAKE IN much of what the lecturer said.
Example:She TOOK me IN with her story until someone told me the truth.
Make clothes smaller
Example:The jacket was far too big around the shoulders, so I had it TAKEN IN so that I could wear it.
Assume care or support
Example:The family TOOK IN the three homeless kittens.
Example:He's good at criticising others, but can't TAKE IT himself.
Abuse someone because you're angry
Example:Whenever things go wrong, he always shouts and TAKES IT OUT ON me, even if I had nothing to do with the problem.
Take responsibility, often without consulting other people
Example:I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF to make sure he got up on time.
Make great progress
Example:The software house really TOOK OFF when they produced the latest version of their DTP package.
Reduce the price of an item
Example:They've TAKEN ten percent OFF designer frames for glasses.
When a plane departs or leaves the ground
Example:The flight for Dublin TOOK OFF on time.
Example:It was hot, so I TOOK my jacket OFF.
Allow passengers on a ship or plane
Example:The plane stopped at Zurich to TAKE ON some passengers.
Assume a responsibility
Example:She TOOK ON the task of indexing the book.
Example:The council has had to TAKE ON twenty extra employees to handle their increased workload.
Borrow a library book
Example:I TOOK OUT all the books I needed for my essay from the library.
Borrow money from a bank or other official lender
Example:Jackie and Anil TOOK OUT a mortgage to buy a bigger flat.
Extract or remove
Example:The dentist TOOK OUT all of my wisdom teeth before they started causing any problems.
Go out socially with someone, especially a date
Example:He TOOK her OUT to a restaurant last Friday night.
Example:I TOOK OUT some health insurance before I went backpacking around Latin America.
Example:The gang TOOK him OUT after he spoke to the police.
Assume control of a company or organisation
Example:The bank was TAKEN OVER by a Hong Kong bank that needed to buy a bank to get into the British market.
Start a job or position that someone had occupied before you
Example:She TOOK OVER responsibility for the project last month.
Explain something to someone
Example:He TOOK me THROUGH the procedures before we started.
Make a habit of something
Example:He's TAKEN TO wearing a baseball cap since his hair started thinning more noticeably.
Fill or occupy time or space
Example:An awful lot of my time at work is TAKEN UP with pointless bureaucracy nowadays.
Make clothes shorter
Example:The trousers were too long so I TOOK them UP to make them fit.
Start a new hobby, pastime, etc.
Example:He TOOK UP squash as he felt he had to lose some weight.