April 10th, 2012 in Expressions
Take is used in a number of common phrasal verbs. Here is a list of them.
Take after (somebody) – resemble a parent or relation in looks.
The baby takes after her mother.
Take something back – withdraw something (one has said)
Be careful with the words you speak. You can’t take them back.
Take something down – lower
If you can take the price down, I will buy it.
Take somebody down – lower his pride
Take somebody in – receive him / her as a guest; get the better of somebody by a trick
She refused to take me in.
The cunning fox took the crow in.
Take something in – understand; see at a glance
It was a difficult passage. I couldn’t take it in.
Take somebody or something for – consider to be, especially wrongly suppose to be
I took him for a foreigner.
He was taken for an English man.
Take off – start a flight
The aircraft took off at 6.30.
Take on – undertake work; engage workers
Take something over – succeed to the management or ownership of
When does the new manager take over?
Take to – adopt as a habit; develop a liking for
He took to farming on retirement.
I took to her at once.
Take up – occupy time, space
That table takes up a lot of space.