10 English Phrasal Verbs with “Take” Examples

"Take" phrasal Verbs English lesson

1. “Take Down” Meaning
This has two meanings. If someone tells you to “take down some notes” it means that they want you to write notes  about something. But it can also mean that they want you to remove something.

E.g. Johnny, please listen to the teacher and take down notes. 

E.g. My mother asked me to take down my posters of Justin Beiber. She says they look ugly on the walls.

2. “Take After” Meaning
If you “take after” someone, it means that you are very similar to them. We normally say that you “take after” someone in your family.

E.g. Juan really takes after his father, he really loves fishing and being by the rive. 

E.g. Maria really takes after her mother. You can tell they are mother and daughter just by looking at them. They are so similar.

3. “Take Up” Meaning When you decide to start a new hobby, you can say that you are going to “take up a new hobby”.

E.g. We took Maria to the restaurant and she was so impressed with the food that she has taken up cooking as a hobby. 

E.g. This summer I want to take up a new hobby. I was thinking about learning how to paint.

4. “Take Away” Meaning
There are multiple ways to use this phrasal verb. a. To express that someone is being taken away by the police. b. To express that you want to buy food to “take away” and eat at home.

E.g. The police caught a thief and they are going to take him away.

E.g. I am too tired to cook tonight, let’s order a take away! Maybe we can get Chinese food, or a pizza?

5. “Take Off” Meaning
When an airplane leaves the runway, we say that it has “taken off”.

E.g. The plan takes off at 9am in the morning and it will land in England at 11.25am.

6. “Take Apart” Meaning
Sometimes we have to “take something apart” to discover what is wrong with it.

E.g. The compute stopped working so my dad is going to take it apart and try to fix it.

7. “Take Out” Meaning
If you want to impress a girl/boy, you may offer to “take them out”. 

E.g. Juan: Hi Maria, I would like to take you out for dinner this weekend, are you available? Maria: Yes, that sounds great!

8. “Take In” Meaning
We use this phrasal verb to express that you are trying to absorb information.

E.g. I have been studying a map of London for two months but it’s a lot of information to take it. I still think I will get lost!

9. “Take On” Meaning
When you accept a new challenge, you can say that you have “taken on a new challenge”.

E.g. I have taken on more responsibility at work, but it’s great because they are paying me more money.

10. “Take Back” Meaning
You can use this word when you are talking about returning something to a shop.

E.g. My mother bought me a new dress for my birthday but it doesn’t fit so I am going to take it back to the shop.

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