Many students avoid learning phrasal verbs because they tend to be ambiguous so they can never be sure if they used them properly. Sometimes things get even more confusing and the object turns up between the verb and the particle. Nevertheless, phrasal verbs may not be that important when it comes to formal language but they are inevitably essential in common everyday communication.  In that sense, here are 10 most frequently used phrasal verbs with “take” you should know:

Take after 

Meaning: to look or behave similarly as somebody in your family.

  • I take after my grandma.
  • My daughter takes after her dad.

Take to 

Meaning: to start doing something regularly, develop a habit.

  • He took to drinking after his wife left him.
  • He was too weak, so he took to his bed all day.

Take away 

Meaning: to remove something, make it vanish.

  • After she sorted out the towels, she took them away.
  • The medicine took her headache away.

Take up 

Meaning: to develop an interest in something such as a hobby or sport.

  • Simona took up playing the piano but she lost interest after some time.
  • I am not very good at basketball. I only took it up recently.
Phrasal Verbs with "Take"

Phrasal Verbs with “Take”

Take over 

Meaning: to assume control or responsibility of something.

  •  The aliens took over our planet.
  • A new manager took over after Mr. Bradley retired.

Take on 

Meaning: to employ someone.

  • We’ll take on some new staff this week. Would you send us your CV?
  • The hotel usually takes on more workers during the season.

Take off 

Meaning: when an aeroplane leaves airport.

  • The plane is taking off, would you please fasten your seat belts.
  • My stomach always reacts when an aeroplane takes off.

Take in 

1. to reduce something in size.

  • The tailor took in my trousers after I lost weight.

2.to visit an interesting place.

  • We took in a trip around the island. It was marvelous.

Take down 

Meaning: to write down information.

  • The teacher told us to take down important things he was talking about.
  • The agent showed us some houses so we thought it was a good idea to take down the details.

Take back 

Meaning: to bring something back to the shop because it is not suitable.

  • I’ll have to take this shirt back to the shop because it’s too big.
  • If the shoes don’t fit you, take them back to the shop.

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