Phrasal verbs with take

Here is a list of phrasal verbs with take.

Take after

To take after somebody is to resemble them.

  • The baby takes after his dad.
  • I don’t take after my dad or mom. (= I don’t resemble my dad or mom.)

Take away

To take something away is to remove, seize or capture it. This is a separable phrasal verb.

  • The robbers took his possessions away.
  • The baby was allegedly taken away by a middle aged woman.

Take back

To take back is to retract something you said.

  • The opposition forced the minister to take back his controversial statements on moral policing.
  • I shouldn’t have said that – I take it back.

To take someone back is to remind them of something in the past.

  • That song took me back to my university days.

To take an item back to the store is to return it.

  • The meat isn’t good. I am going to take it back to the shop.

Take down

To take down is to write down what is said.

  • Please take down. My number is …
  • The teacher asked the students to take down the notes.

To take something down is to remove it from a high place.

  • The authorities asked the company to take down their huge billboards.

Take for

To take somebody for something is to consider them as

  • Don’t take me for an idiot.

Take off

When a plane takes off, it leaves the ground.

  • To take off your shoes is to remove them.
  • In India, people usually take off their shoes before entering a house.

To take days off work or school is to be absent.

  • As she was ill, she took a day off school.

Take on

To take on a responsibility is to accept it.

  • If he is not willing to take on the responsibility we will have to find someone else.