A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

take after

  • Resemble in appearance or character.
    ” Jamie really takes after his dad.”

take apart

  • Dismantle or separate the components.
    “The technician has to take the machine apart in order to repair it.”

take away

  • Cause something to disappear.
    “The doctor gave my father tablets to take away the pain.”
  • Buy food at a restaurant and carry it elsewhere to eat it.
    “Two beef curries to take away please.”

take back

  • Agree to receive back/ be returned.
    “We will take back the goods only if you can produce the receipt.”
  • Retract or withdraw something said.
    “I take back what I said about cheating. I didn’t mean it.”

take care of

  • Look after.
    “I’ll take care of your plants while you’re away.”

take off

  • Leave the ground.
    “The plane took off at 7 o’clock.”

take in

  • Allow to stay in one’s home.
    “The old lady next door is always taking in stray cats and dogs!”
  • Note with your eyes and register.
    “Amanda took in every detail of her rival’s outfit.”
  • Understand what one sees, hears or reads; realise what is happening.
    “The man immediately took in the scene and called the police.”

take on

  • Hire or engage staff.
    “Business is good so the company is taking on extra staff.”

take out

  • Remove ; cause to disappear.
    “Try this. It should take out the stain.”
  • Extract from somewhere.
    “She took out a pen to note down the supplier’s address.”
  • Invite someone to dinner, the theatre, cinema, etc.
    “Her boyfriend took her out for a meal on her birthday.”
  • Obtain a service or document (insurance, mortgage …).
    “Many homeowners take out a mortgage when they buy  property.”

take to

  • Begin to like someone or something.
    “My parents took to James immediately.”
  • Make a new habit of something.
    “Dad had taken to walking in the park every morning.”

take up

  • Fill or occupy space or time.
    “There’s not much space here. The big table takes up too much room.
  • Adopt as a hobby or pastime.
    “My father took up golf when he retired.”
  • Start something e.g. a job.
    “While writing his first book he took up a job as a teacher.”
  • Make something shorter.
    “That skirt is too long for you. It will need to be taken up.
  • Continue something interrupted.
    “She took up the story where Bill had left off.”

talk into

  • Persuade someone to do something.
    “Caroline talked John into buying a new car.”

talk out of

  • Persuade someone not to do something.
    “Her parents tried to talk Amy out of leaving her job.”

tear up

  • Rip into pieces
    Tear up the pizza boxes before you put them in the bin.”

tell off

  • Reprimand; criticise severely
    “The teacher told her off for not doing her homework.”

test out

  • Carry out an experiment.
    “The theory hasn’t been tested out yet.”

think over

  • Consider something fully.
    “I’ll have to think over your proposal before I decide.”

think up

  • Invent, find, produce by thought.
    “The kids put the cat in the oven because it was cold. What are they going to think up next!”

throw away

  • Discard as useless or unwanted.
    “You can throw away that book – it’s a load of rubbish! “

throw up

  • Vomit ; be sick.
    “I nearly threw up when I saw the injured passengers.”

tire out

  • Exhaust completely.
    “The children were so turbulent they tired out their grandmother.”

touch down

  • Land on the runway.
    “There were no delays. The plane touched down exactly on time.”

toy with

  • Think about, without serious intent.
    “I’ve been toying with the idea of walking to work, but it would mean getting up earlier.”

track down

  • Search until found.
    “The police finally tracked down the main suspect.”

trade in

  • Give as part payment for a new article.
    “I traded in my old car for a new model.”

try on

  • Put on or wear something to see if it suits or fits.
    “I’m not sure about the size. Can I try it on?”

turn away

  • Refuse entrance to someone.
    “Tickets were sold out and hundreds of fans were turned away from the football stadium.”

turn down

  • Lower the volume.
    Please turn down the music; it’s too loud.
  • Refuse.
    “It would be silly to turn down a generous offer like that!

turn off

  • Stop by turning a switch, tap or knob.
    “Please remember to turn off the lights before you leave.”

turn up

  • Arrive; appear.
    “Her train was delayed so she turned up an hour late at the meeting.”
  • Raise the volume.
    Could you turn up the radio please? I’d like to listen to the news.