November 21st, 2010 in Vocabulary
Take something for granted: accept it as true, certain to happen
We take so many things for granted – like pure water to drink and good food to eat.
Take after somebody: resemble in looks
The baby takes after its father. (= The baby resembles its father.)
Take something down: write down notes etc.
The teacher asked the students to take down the notes.
Did you take down that number?
Take somebody down: lower his pride
Take somebody in: receive him / her as a guest
The hospital staff said that they won’t be able to take in any more patients.
Take somebody in: get the better of somebody by a trick
I can’t believe I am taken in by him. (= I can’t believe that I have been tricked.)
Take something in: understand
I couldn’t take in what she was saying.
Take somebody for: consider to be, especially wrongly suppose to be
He was taken for an Englishman.
Take off: start a flight; ridicule by imitation
Take over: succeed to the management or ownership of
When does the new manager take over?
Take to: adopt as a habit or practice
He took to gardening on retirement.
Take to: conceive a liking for
I took to the old man at once.
Take to one’s heels: run; try to escape