Phrasal Verbs with ‘Take’

Here are ten most frequent phrasal verbs with ‘take’:

Take after – to look or behave similarly as somebody in your family.

I take after my grandma.

My daughter takes after her dad.

Take to – to start doing something regularly, develop a habit.

He took to drinking.

He was too weak, so he took to his bed all day.

Take away – to remove something, make it vanish.

After she sorted out the towels, she took them away.

The medicine took her headache away.

Take up – to develop an interest in something such as 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.

Take over – to assume control or responsibility of something.

 The aliens took over our planet.

A new manager took over after Mr. Bradley retired.

Take on – 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 – when an airplane leaves airport.

The plain is taking off, would you please fasten your seat belts.

My stomach always reacts when an airplane takes off.

Take in – 1. to reduce something in size.

The tailor took in my trousers after I lost weight.

  1. to visit an interesting place.

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

Take down – to write down information.

The teacher told us to take down important things he was talking about.

The agent showed us some houses and we took down the details.

Take back – to bring something back to the shop because it is not suitable.

I’ll have to take this shirt back to the shop. It’s too big.

If the shoes don’t fit you, take them back to the shop.



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