|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 a part in order to repair it.|
|take away||Buy food at a restaurant and carry it elsewhere to eat it.||Two beef curries to take away please.|
|take away||Cause something to disappear||The doctor gave me tablets to take away the pain.|
|take back||Agree to receive back/ be returned.||We will take back goods only if you can produce the receipt.|
|take back||Retract or withdraw something said||I take back what I said about cheating.|
|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||She’s always taking in stray cats and dogs!|
|take in||Note with your eyes and register.||She took in every detail of her rival’s outfit.|
|take in||Understand what one sees, hears or reads / realize 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 / extract||She took out a pen to note the address.|
|take out||Invite someone to dinner, the theatre, cinema, etc.||He took her out for a meal on her birthday.|
|talk into||Persuade someone to do something||I talked John into buying a new car.|
|talk out of||Persuade someone not to do something||I tried to talk Amy out of leaving her job.|
|tear up||Rip into pieces||Tear up the boxes before you put them in the bin.|
|tell off||Reprimand / criticize 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||I’ll have to think over the proposal before I decide.|
|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 tired out their grandmother.|
|touch down||Land on the runway||The plane touched down exactly on time.|
|toy with||Think about, without serious intent||I’ve been toying with the idea of starting to walk to work.|
|track down||Find by searching||The police finally tracked down the main suspect.|
|trade in||Give as part payment for a new article.||I traded in my car for a new model.|
|try on||Put on or wear something to see if it suits
|I’m not sure about the size. Can I try it on?|
|turn away||Refuse entrance to someone||Hundreds of fans were turned away from the football stadium.|
|turn down||1)Lower the volume.
|1) Please turn down the music; it’s too
2) I couldn’t turn down an offer like that!
|turn off||Stop by turning a switch, tap or knob.||Turn off the lights please before you leave.|
|turn up||1) Arrive, appear
2) Raise the volume
|1) She turned up an hour late.
2) Could you turn up the radio please?
|use up||Finish a product ( so that there’s none left)||The kids have used up all the toothpaste.|
|veer away from||Avoid, stay away from||I veer away from hypochondriacs if I can.|
|vie with||Compete or rival with someone||The athletes vied with each other for first place.|
|vouch for||Express confidence in, or guarantee something||You can give the keys to Andy. I can vouch forhim.|
|ward off||Keep away or repel (something dangerous or unpleasant).||I take plenty of vitamin C to ward off colds.|
|warm up||1) Reheat something.
2) Make more lively or more
|1) She warmed up some left-over soup.
2) He told a few jokes to warm up the
|wash up||Wash the dishes after a meal.||Who’s going to help me wash up?|
|watch out||Be careful||Watch out! There’s a car coming.|
|water down||1) Dilute or make weaker by adding
water2) Make less severe
|1) If you water down the medicine it will be
easier to take.
2) He watered down his remarks so as not
to offend anyone.
|wear away||To disappear after use or over time.||The words on the cover had worn away.|
|wear down||Make someone feel weary/tired.||The baby’s constant crying wore her down.|
|wear off||Gradually disappear.||The effect of the painkiller began to wear off.|
|wear out||1) Become unusable
2) Become very tired
|1) Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing.
2) At the end of the day Julie was worn out.
|whip up||Prepare quickly.||I can whip up something to eat if you’re hungry.|
|wolf down||Eat greedily and quickly.||The boys wolfed down the whole cake in no time!|
|work out||1) Do physical exercise
2) Find a solution or calculate
|1) I work out twice a week at the gym club.
2) It’s expensive but I haven’t worked out
the exact cost yet.
|wind up||Finish or put an end to something||– Before winding up his speech he thanked
everyone for their presence.
– He decided to wind up his business and
|wind up||Arrive finally in a place.||We finally wound up in a village with a spectacular view.|
|wipe off||Clean (board, table)||The teacher asked Lee to wipe off the board.|
|wrap up||Cover; enclose||She’s busy wrapping up her Christmas presents.|
|wrap up||Complete (a task, a discussion)||The salesman hoped to wrap up a few deals.|
|write back||Reply to a letter||I wrote back to accept the invitation.|
|write (sth) down||Note something on a piece of paper.||He wrote down the address of the hotel.|