Today, you’re going to learn 20 phrasal verbs with take. Phrasal verbs are notoriously difficult for English learners, so instead of simply giving you a list of phrasal verbs, I’ve made images and example sentences for each one. Scroll all the way to the bottom to take the bonus quiz at the end!


There are many phrasal verbs with take in English, so this post is only going to focus on phrasal verbs where a person is the object of the verb.


Are you ready? The 20 phrasal verbs we’ll cover in this post are:


  1. take someone around
  2. take someone along
  3. take someone aside
  4. take someone apart
  5. take someone before someone/something
  6. take someone aboard
  7. take someone below
  8. take up with someone
  9. take someone up on something
  10. take over from someone
  11. take someone in
  12. take someone in (Second meaning alert! Egad!)
  13. take someone out
  14. take someone out (Second meaning alert! Good grief!)
  15. take after someone
  16. take after someone (Second meaning alert! Gadzooks!)
  17. take someone back
  18. take someone back (Second meaning alert! Heavens to Betsy!)
  19. take someone on
  20. take someone on (Second meaning alert! Zounds!)


Looking for extra practice with these phrasal verbs with take? Check out these mini-dictations using the phrasal verbs from this post!






If you take someone around, you give them a tour.


Alex: My aunt is visiting next week, and it will be her first time in Washington. I’m working, but would you mind taking her around?
Kim: Of course I don’t mind! Do you think she’d like the museums, or is she more into nature?


Saul: David is going to start tomorrow, and he’ll need a tour of the building.
Brett: I’d be happy to take him around.


Fran: Have you seen Maude? I’ve been looking for her all morning!
Virginia: She’s taking a school group around the caverns today. She should be back just before dinner time.


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If you take someone along, you bring them with you while you go somewhere.


William: I’m going to run to the post office now. I’ll be back soon.
Tracy: Would you take the kids along? I’d love to have the house to myself for a bit!


Neal: I’m planning on taking a few paralegals along with me to trial.
Chelsea: That’s a good idea. They can keep track of the technology and the exhibits so you can focus on the witnesses.


Martina: Congress is in session today, so I’m going to go observe for a while.
Conrad: Take Holly along. It would be good for her to learn a bit about how those things work.


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When you take someone aside, you temporarily remove them from the group in order to discuss something privately with them.


Josephine: Is there any way you could take Alison aside at the next get-together and discreetly ask her if she’s heard anything about the merger?
Wolfgang: I’ll try, but it might be hard to get her alone.


Burt: You’ll never believe what just happened! Jules took me aside in the staff lounge and asked if I’d be interested in taking over from him next year!
Hector: You’re kidding! That’s great news!


Miriam: I don’t think there’s any need to dress her down in front of the whole office.
Cindy: I agree. I’ll just take her aside when an opportunity presents itself and have a chat with her privately.


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If you take someone apart, you criticize them severely.


Ricky: What’s wrong with you?
Fred: Ethel just spent the last hour taking me apart for forgetting our anniversary! I won’t make that mistake again next year!


Lucy: Working in customer service can be fun, but you’ve got to have thick skin. You’re going to get taken apart by angry customers at least a few times a day.
Martha: I don’t think I have the temperament for that type of work.


Judy: You lousy scumbag! I’m going to mop the floor with you!
Gary: Don’t take me apart! I’m just the messenger!


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If you take someone before someone or something, you bring them in front of someone or a group for judgment.


Isaac: Your conduct is outrageous. In all my years on Madison Avenue, I’ve never seen an advertiser behave in such a reprehensible fashion.
Mel: What are you going to do, take me before the Ad Council?


Suzy: If you ever grab me again, I’m going to take you before the Virginia State Bar on charges of sexual harassment.
Steve: Go right ahead, sweet cheeks. It’ll be your word against mine. Now come here and give me a kiss.


Travis: Hey there, moron! I just pooped on your driveway!
Leo: That’s it. I’ve had it. I’m going to take you before your father and see what he has to say about this.


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If you take someone aboard, you bring them onto a ship.


Max: We’ll be docking in Miami to take more passengers aboard.


Amelia: I’m sorry, ma’am, but the ship’s at capacity. We can’t take anyone else aboard.


Louis: When you were sailing in the Mediterranean, did you take any refugees aboard?


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This is another phrasal verb that’s specific to ships. If you take someone below, you guide them to a lower deck on a ship.


Lee: We’ve found the culprit, Captain. It was Percy who was stealing the rum.
Captain Smith: Take him below and clap him in irons!


Claire: Where are the sick men?
Rodrigo: We’ve taken them below to keep them away from the rest of the crew.


Jim: Would you kindly take me below so I can have a look at the cannons?
Glen: Gladly. We want everything in top-top condition before we set sail.


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If you take up with someone, you begin to be friendly with them. This is an informal phrasal verb, and it usually has a disapproving tone, implying that the person you’ve taken up with has a bad reputation.


Stanley: I don’t know how I feel about Abigail taking up with that crowd. They’re nothing but trouble.
Sherry: I’m not thrilled about it either, but we can’t force her to stop hanging out with them.


Amy: Bridger is nothing like the sweet little boy I remember.
Paula: Tell me about it. It all started when he took up with Jonathan.


Randy: Once you take up with a gang, they’ll be part of your life forever. You can’t just change your mind and walk away later.


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When you take someone up on something, you accept an offer or invitation from them.


Boris: I’ve got two extra tickets to the show this Friday, if you’re interested?
Harold: I wish I could take you up on that, but my kids have been sick with the flu all week, and I’m sure I’m still going to be playing nursemaid Friday night.


Carolyn: My friend in the Marketing Department just offered us VIP passes to the hockey game! What should I tell her?
Rachel: Are you kidding?! Let’s take her up on that before she offers the passes to someone else!


Hannah: I’m thinking of taking Roger up on his offer to be my ride to work, but I’m worried that he only suggested it because he wants to ask me out.
Adam: Sweetheart, Roger is gay. There’s no way he’s thinking of asking you out. He’s just being a nice guy.


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If you’re planning on taking over from someone, you’re planning to assume that person’s role or job.


Danielle: This is Grace. She’ll be taking over from Ivan when he moves to New York.


Angel: How are things going at the office?
May: Eva is leaving next month, and I’m hoping to take over from her. It would mean a lot more money.


Jake: Is there any way you could extend your stay here by another week? We’re having a hard time finding someone to take over from you.
Don: I’m sorry, but I can’t. The World Bank is expecting me to start on the 12th.


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Phrasal Verb 11: TAKE SOMEONE IN (Meaning 1)


The rest of the phrasal verbs in this post have two meanings each! (As if phrasal verbs weren’t difficult enough! Agh!)


In one sense, to take someone in means to allow someone to stay in your home.


Ashley: The Smithfield’s took me and my siblings in during the War. If we had stayed in London, who knows what would have become of us.


Javier: We’ve taken in a foreign exchange student for the spring semester, and it’s been fabulous. He’s teaching my wife how to cook!
Miranda: You’re kidding! I never thought I’d see Wendy standing in front of the stove!


Veronica: You know, she wasn’t always so successful. At one point, she actually had to live out of her car.
Nick: That’s horrible! Didn’t she have family who could take her in?


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Phrasal Verb 12: TAKE SOMEONE IN (Meaning 2)


To take someone in can also mean to make someone believe something that is not true. When it has this meaning, it’s often used in a passive construction, like so: to be taken in (by someone).


Victor: Mr. Sykes assured me that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I think I’d better sign before the opportunity passes.
Delilah: Don’t be taken in by his big talk. Do your research before you make a decision.


Tyrone: I was excited when I ordered these “magic” pills, but they don’t seem to be doing much.
Adrian: I’m afraid you’ve been taken in, my friend.


Nate: I think she may be taking me in with all this talk about her connections to the royal family, but I’m not sure. I don’t really care, I just don’t want to be lied to.
Lyle: Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel like she’s being honest with you, she probably isn’t.


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Phrasal Verb 13: TAKE SOMEONE OUT (Meaning 1)


Taking someone out can refer to going to a restaurant, club, etc. with someone you have invited. Taking someone out often carries the implication that you are paying and arranging the logistics for the date or outing.


Evan: You know, I find myself looking forward to seeing your smile every day when I’m on my way to the bus stop. Could I take you out sometime?
Diana: I think that could be arranged. 🙂


Raphael: What are you doing this weekend?
Fiona: I’m taking my grandmother out for brunch on Saturday, but I don’t have any plans for Sunday.


Emma: The girls are coming over tomorrow to discuss business ideas. Are you free to join us?
Tara: I’d love to, but Ramon is taking me out tomorrow. He got us tickets to see Trevor Noah!


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Phrasal Verb 14: TAKE SOMEONE OUT (Meaning 2)


In informal speech, taking someone out can also refer to killing them! Good heavens!


Paul: How are you dealing with the Rimsky issue?
Julian: We’ve got a sniper positioned to take him out when he leaves the Hotel Pulitzer tomorrow.


Amanda: I’m terrible at Call of Duty, but my husband keeps trying to get me to play with him.
Zach: I’ll come play with your husband! I took out 36 Nazis when I played this morning!


Howard: If the Cali Cartel doesn’t play ball, we need to send some men down there to take them out.
Eric: Are you sure about that? That would start an all-out war.


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Phrasal Verb 15: TAKE AFTER SOMEONE (Meaning 1)


If I tell you that you take after your mother, I mean that you look or behave like your mother. We don’t use this phrasal verb in the progressive tenses or in the passive.


Marcie: Allow me to introduce you to Sonia, my beautiful mother.
Kyle: I see where you get your warm smile from. You really take after her.


Fred: Do you take after your mother or your father more?
Nate: I take after my mother in terms of looks, but I take more after my father when it comes to personality.


Julie: It’s uncanny how much she takes after her father! She talks just like him!


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Phrasal Verb 16: TAKE AFTER SOMEONE (Meaning 2)


In informal speech in North American English, taking after someone can also mean following someone quickly.


Jerry: You should have seen the way he took after his brother on the beach!
Matt: I can only imagine it!


Alan: The cops around here are driving with V8 engines!
Ken: You’re telling me. I zoomed by one thinking I could outrun him, but he took after me like a bat out of hell.


Penny: The lippy squirrel doesn’t dare come into our yard. Two flicks of his tail, and Pincy Cat takes after him with murderous intent.


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Phrasal Verb 17: TAKE SOMEONE BACK (Meaning 1)


This phrasal verb is common in romantic movies. If you take someone back, you allow them to come home after they have left because of a problem. You wouldn’t use this to talk about your child or a pet. We only use this phrasal verb to talk about patching up a rift in a romantic relationship.


Tyra: George called me last night, begging for forgiveness.
Claudia: And? Are you going to take him back?


Henry: After what she did, I’m shocked you’re even considering taking her back.
Anthony: I can’t help it. I love her.


Chris: What do I have to do for you to take me back?
Lee: An apology would be a good start.


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Phrasal Verb 18: TAKE SOMEONE BACK (TO SOMETHING) (Meaning 2)


Taking someone back can also refer to making someone remember something.


John: Check this out. I just found photos from that summer camp we went to before senior year!
Bobby: Wow! You’re taking me right back to 1999!


Penelope: Tango in the streets. The salt in the air. Being here again takes me back to my childhood.


Yvette: Let’s play some Dean Martin.
Sasha: Dean Martin! That takes me right back.


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Phrasal Verb 19: TAKE SOMEONE ON (Meaning 1)


If you take someone on, you employ or hire them.


Tom: How are things at your firm?
Everett: We’re the busiest we’ve ever been. We’ve actually had to take on three new associates.


Lisa: What did you think of the BBC when you went in for your interview?
Kevin: Everyone was so friendly. I really hope they take me on.


Chad: Have you applied at Target? I hear they’re taking on extra staff for the holidays.
Mark: I hadn’t thought of that! I’ll send them an application today!


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Phrasal Verb 20: TAKE SOMEONE ON (Meaning 2)


However, taking someone on can also refer to fighting against someone. With this meaning, take someone on is not used in the passive.


Shanna: It was an act of folly for them to have taken on the English, but remarkably, they won.


Lauren: Hey! We’re having a bunch of people over on Sunday for the game. You should come! Uruguay is taking on Brazil!
Tristan: I wouldn’t miss it for the world!


Greg: That boy is such a bully. Someone really ought to take him on.


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BONUS: Phrasal Verbs Practice Quiz 🙂


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Test yourself and see how you do! English phrasal verbs are difficult, but if you stick with it, you can master them!



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