The word ‘take‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to remove from a particular place or reach out and hold an object.

For example:

  • Someone has taken my bike. (remove)
  • Can you take the groceries? My arms are starting to ache. (hold)


Take is an irregular verb. The past tense is took and the past participle is taken.

phrasal verbs with take

Phrasal verbs with ‘take’ include:

  • take after
    meaning – resemble in looks, character or behaviour of another person (usually family)
    example – My son takes after me, he loves his food.
  • take apart
    meaning – disassemble
    example – He took apart his phone to try and get rid of the sand.
  • take away
    meaning – move from one place to another or remove completely
    example – Please take away the box of chocolates before I eat them all.
  • take back
    meaning – return a bought/borrowed item or forgive a lover and restart a relationship
    example – I can’t believe you`ve taken back your boyfriend after everything he`s done.
  • take care of
    meaning – look after
    example – Don`t worry, I’ll take good care of your guinea pig whilst you`re away.
  • take down
    meaning – write notes or tackle someone to the ground
    example – The boxer took down his opponent in the first round.
  • take in
    meaning – process information, offer to look after a person or animal
    example – I took in the two kittens I found in a skip; they are so cute.
  • take off
    meaning – leave a place, remove clothing, do well or leave the ground and fly
    example – I’m going to take off early, I’ve got a headache.
  • take on
    meaning – accept more work or responsibility, hire someone
    example – My colleague quit, so I have to take on her work until they take on a replacement.
  • take out
    meaning – remove/extract, invite someone out for a drink, meal etc.
    example – I’m going to take my mum out for her birthday.
  • take over
    meaning – do something someone else was doing before, take control
    example – A supermarket is taking over the small shop on the corner.
  • take to
    meaning – start liking something/someone
    example – The baby took to solid food straight away.
  • take up
    meaning – start a new hobby or accept an offer
    example – I think I’ll take up that job offer with a rival firm.

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phrasal verbs with take

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘take’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with take - take after
phrasal verbs with take - take apart
phrasal verbs with take - take away
phrasal verbs with take - take back
phrasal verbs with take - take down
phrasal verbs with take - take in
phrasal verbs with take - take off
phrasal verbs with take - take on
phrasal verbs with take - take out
phrasal verbs with take - take over
phrasal verbs with take - take to
phrasal verbs with take - take up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with take below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with take, how about learning the idioms with take too?