Phrasal verbs beginning with T. Select a phrasal verb for more details.
to gradually become less in amount or lower in level
If you take after an older member of your family, you look like them or you have a similar personality to them.
If you take apart something, you separate it into the pieces it's made of.
If you take something away, you take it somewhere else.
If you take something back, you return it to the place you got it from, or return it to the shop you bought it from.
If a store takes back something they've sold, they allow the buyer to return it for a refund, or exchange it.
If you take back something you said, you admit that you said the wrong thing and withdraw your comments.
If you take down a large structure, you dismantle it, or separate it into the parts from which it was assembled.
to remove something that's fixed to a wall, like a picture or a poster
to fully understand something you hear or read
to remove a piece of clothing, or the top of a container
If a plane takes off, it leaves the ground and rises into the sky.
to have a period of time away from work
to become popular or successful in a short time
If you take on something like a job, a responsibility, or anything involving a challenge, you agree to do it.
to fight, or compete against, someone or something
If you take somebody out, you invite them to go out with you, usually for a meal or entertainment.
to remove something from a container, a pocket, a bag, etc.
to obtain something like a loan, an insurance policy, a patent, etc.
to take control of something like a company, an organization, a government, or a territory
to begin doing a job or a task that someone else had been doing previously
to fill an area of space or a period of time
to start doing something new like playing a sport, doing a job, or pursuing a hobby
to shorten a piece of clothing or a curtain to make it the right size
to reply rudely to someone in a position of authority
If you talk down to someone, you speak to them as if they are inferior to you or less important than you.
If you talk someone into doing something, you persuade them to do it.
If you talk someone out of something, you persuade them not to do it.
to discuss a situation with someone, usually before making a decision
If you talk somebody round, you persuade them to do what you want them to do, or to agree with you.
to speak enthusiastically about something, usually in order to persuade someone to buy it or invest in it
to destroy something by breaking it into two or more pieces
to demolish a building or other structure
If you tear up a piece of paper, you tear it into several pieces.
to tell the difference between two or more things that are very much alike
to strongly criticize someone for doing something wrong
to think about a past event or a past time
to have something come to mind
to have an opinion about something or someone
to think carefully about something before making a decision
to use one's imagination to come up with something like an excuse, a name, a plan, or a story
to get rid of something you don't want, usually by putting it in a rubbish bin or a garbage can
to get rid of something that has been bothering you
to discard something you don't want, usually by putting it in a rubbish bin or a garbage can
to force somebody to leave something like a club, a college or school, an organisation, etc.
If someone throws up, they vomit up the contents of their stomach.
to make a place look neat and tidy
to tie together the ends of something
to make somebody busy with something
to make something or someone unavailable by committing them to something
to warn someone or give someone secret information about something
to completely fill something like a glass or a container, or to increase the level of something like a phone card
to talk briefly about something when speaking or writing about another topic
to think about doing something, but not very seriously
to find something after a long search
to put on clothes or shoes before buying them to see if they fit properly and look good
to test something to see what it's like, or to see if it works properly
to change something unsuccessful into something successful
If someone turns you away, they don't allow you to enter a place.
to return in the direction from which you've come, or to make someone do this
to decrease or lower the volume, heat, power, etc. of an appliance by turning a knob or pressing a button
If you turn down an offer or a request, you decide not to accept it.
If you turn somebody in, you tell the police that the person has committed a crime or you hand them over to the police yourself.
to change from one thing into another
to stop a machine or an appliance from working by using a button or a switch
to start a machine or an appliance by pressing a button or flicking a switch
to have a certain outcome, or to end in a certain way
to change the position of something so that the side facing down is now facing up
to change your body's position when lying down so that you are facing the opposite direction
to increase the volume, heat, power, etc. of an appliance by turning a knob or pressing a button
If someone turns up somewhere, they arrive without being expected or without telling anyone they'd be coming.