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take after +resemble a parent or relativeI take after my father. Who do you take after?
take * away +remove, seize or captureThe soldiers took the captives away.
take * back +retract something you saidI demand that you take back what you said.
take * back +return an item to a storeThe dress my grandmother bought for me didn’t fit, so I took it back and exchanged it for a pair of pants.
take * down +write down what is saidWould you mind taking down my messages while I am on vacation?
take * down +remove (from a high place)The city government made the shop take down their bright, neon sign.
take * forconsider, view asDo you take me for an idiot?
take * in +learningAre you taking in all of these phrasal verbs?
take * in +deceive a personHe was taken in by the con artist.
take * in +make smaller when sewingI lost weight, so I need to take some of my skirts to the tailor to have them taken in.
take * offwhen a plane or rocket leaves the groundMy stomach felt funny when the plane took off.
take * off +removeIn many cultures, it is appropriate to take off your shoes when entering a house.
take * off +leave work or school for a period of timeI was sick last week, so I took a few days off of work.
take offleaveWe took off after dinner.
take on +accept (responsibilities, work)She has taken on too much responsibility in this project.
take * over +take control ofWho is going to take over the family business when Aretha’s father dies?
take overtake control ofIf the President is assassinated, the Vice-president will take over.
take * out +accompany a person on a date (for dinner, the movies)I can’t meet you tonight because I am taking Fernanda out to dinner.
take * up +begin a new hobbyHave you taken up any new hobbies since you moved here?
take * up +discuss (at a later date)We should take this issue up in the meeting tomorrow.
take * up +shorten a garment when sewingThis dress is too long, I am going to take it up.
take up +occupy spaceThis couch takes up too much space in the living room.
talk backrespond in an impolite way to an adultDon’t talk back!
talk back to +respond in an impolite way to an adultChildren should not talk back to their parents.
talk * over +discussI hope my parents talk their relationship problems over before they get divorced.
tear * down +destroyThe county decided to tear down the dilapidated school and build a new one.
tear * up +tear or rip into small piecesI always tear up my personal papers before I throw them out.
tell * off +criticize a person severely, reprimand (inf.)Carolina told me off when she found out I was gossiping about her date with Martin.
tell on +report a crime to the police or bad behavior to a parentEvery time I did something wrong when I was a child, my sister would tell on me.
think * over +considerThink over the offer before you sign the contract.
think * through +consider carefullyYou need to think this through carefully before you make a decision.
think * up +create or invent a false storyI need to think up an excuse for not going to her party.
throw * away +discardDon’t throw away those bottles; we can recycle them.
throw * out +discardI asked him not to throw out the Sunday newspaper because I wanted to save an article.
throw * out +remove by force from (a room, school, a house, etc.)Mary threw out her roommate because she stopped paying rent.
throw upvomitIf you drink too much alcohol, you might throw up.
tie * up +tie securelyWhen we dock, make sure you tie the boat up.
tire * outcause someone to be very tiredSpeaking English all day tires me out.
touch on +talk about for a short timeThe presidential candidates touched on the subject of health care during the debates.
touch * upmake the final improvementsWe didn’t paint the whole kitchen, we just touched up the cabinets.
try * on +put on to make sure a piece of clothing fitsTry on the pants before you buy them.
try * outtestTry out this massage chair – it feels great!
turn * awayrefuse to deal with or give serviceThey turned us away at the border because we didn’t have visas.
turn * aroundchange or reverse directionTurn the car around and go back home.
turn * down +refuse an offer; reject an applicationShe turned down the new job in New York, because she didn’t want to move.
turn * down +lower the volume or intensity of a TV, radio, or other machineI’m studying! Please turn down the TV.
turn * insubmitYou need to turn your essays in next week.
turn ingo to bed (inf.)It’s getting late. I think it is about time to turn in.
turn into +become something different, transformWhen she kissed the frog, it turned into a handsome prince.
turn * off +stop the function of (a stove, a water faucet, a car, etc.)Don’t forget to turn off the iron before you leave the house.
turn on +attack unexpectedlyThe pit bull suddenly turned on the small child.
turn * oncause to be excited sexuallyScientists have discovered that the smell of cinnamon turns many people on.
turn * on +start the function of a TV, a radio, a machineTurn on the TV. The baseball game starts in a few minutes.
turn * outproduceThe weavers can turn out two or three rugs a month.
turn * outswitch off a lightTurn out the light before you go to bed.
turn outaudience members to a functionOver 100,000 people turned out for the concert.
turn outend up beingShe turned out to be the murderer after all.
turn * overgive to authorities (said of evidence or stolen / lost property)They turned the wallet over to the police.
turn * up +increase the volume or intensity of a TV, radio, or other machineTurn up the TV. I can’t hear what they’re saying.
turn upfind unexpectedlyMy keys turned up in the bedroom.

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