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Phrasal Verbs
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Phrasal Verbs beginning with the letter "T"



  • take after: to resemble

Mary takes after her father, but Melody takes after her grandmother.


  • take apart: to disassemble

Peter took his computer apart three times when he finally figured out what the problem was.


  • take back (1): to retrieve something one said

Take it back! You are wrong about my brother. He did not betray you.


  • take back (2): to return

You can borrow my sewing machine, but don’t forget to take it back before next month. I’ll need it then.


  • take care of (1): to watch one’s health

You should take care of what you eat if you want to stay healthy.


  • take care of (2): to make arrangements

I’ll take care of the hotel reservations if you take care of the plane tickets.


  • take down (1): to disassemble

After camping, it took only a few minutes to take the tent down. It took much longer to put it up.


  • take down (2): to lower one’s self esteem

Instead of taking me down, you should encourage me when I don’t know how to do something.


  • take in (1): to give shelter to

We already have three cats, and now my daughter wants to take one more in. The problem is I’ll end up caring for all of them.


  • take in (2): to see for enjoyment

We like to take the sights in during the day and then dine out at night when we visit new places.


  • take off (1): to remove

You should take your gloves off when you drive. Otherwise, you might not have a good grip on the steering wheel in this weather.


  • take off (2): to depart (aircraft)

When the plane takes off, all passengers should stay in their seats and wear their seatbelts.


  • take off (3): to be absent from work

I’ll need to take some time off work and finally finish my research project.


  • take on (1): to undertake

When he got the new job, Jack took on many new responsibilities. Do you know why he volunteered to take them on?


  • take on (2): to contend against an opponent

“I can take you on anytime!” Mike bragged to his classmate who happened to be half Mike’s size.


  • take out: to take someone on a date

Before they got married, Tim took Tina out for dinner at least once a week. Now they go out once a year.


  • take over: to gain control

Who takes the company over once the president retires?

  • take up (1): to pursue

I’d like to take up painting as a hobby. What do you think? Should I take it up?


  • take up (2): to consume time

Marking assignments takes a lot of a teacher’s time up.


  • talk into: to persuade

I didn’t want to go kayaking, but my brother talked me into it. We had a blast!


  • talk out of: to persuade not to do something

Even though my sister loves to eat raw oysters, I talked her out of eating them. The weather is too warm and she might get ill.


  • tangle up: to twist and mix

There are so many cords tangled up in the room that I don’t know which one id the DVD player’s cord. Who tangled these cords up?


  • tear off: to remove something

Someone tore off the appendix from my textbook. Did you tear it off?


  • thaw out: to change from frozen to non frozen state

When the rivers thaw out in the spring, there is always flooding danger.


  • think over: to reflect

Let me think this over before I give you a final answer.


  • throw away: to discard as trash

You should not throw the empty water bottles away. You should recycle them instead.


  • throw out: to discard

Patricia had too many shoes so she threw all of them out except for the ones she bought this year.


  • throw up: to vomit

Since the fishcakes were not very fresh, Toni threw them all up.


  • tick off: to irritate someone

It ticks me off when someone plays with a pen and I try to concentrate.


  • tip off: to inform

The police were tipped off about the massive grow-op. Who tipped them off?


  • trade in: to exchange

When I bought my new car, I was able to trade my old one in as part of the down payment.


  • try on: to put clothes on and see if they fit

Gina tried many dresses on until she finally found the one she liked but could not afford.


  • try out: to test if its’ suitable

Have you tried out the new salads? You should really try them out. They are delicious.


  • try out for: to try and win a place

You are very talented. You should try out for the band.


  • turn around (1): to move in the opposite direction

Sam was laughing so loud that everyone turned around and stared at him.


  • turn around (2): to make changes

The company is not doing very well so we hope the new president will turn it around.


  • turn away (1): to reject

My loan application was turned away. I wonder why the bank turned it away.


  • turn away (2): to move

The baby turned away when I opened the blinds. The sun was too strong.


  • turn back: to return

We wanted to go ocean kayaking, but the waves were too high and dangerous so we turned back to the shore.


  • turn down (1): to reject

Bill asked Mary to marry him, but she turned him down and married Bob instead.


  • turn down (2): to decrease

Can you please turn the volume down? The music is too loud.


  • turn in (1): to submit

I will turn in my report tomorrow. I’d like to edit it first and then turn it in.


  • turn in (2):t o go to bed

I’ll turn in early tonight. I’ll have to get up early tomorrow.


  • turn in (3): to report criminals to the authorities

Two gang members turned themselves in last night after the shooting.


  • turn off (1): to stop

Don’t forget to turn off the lights when you leave for school. Have you already turned them off?


  • turn off (2): to disgust

Last night’s concert really turned me off. It was a waste of time and money.


  • turn on (1): to start

Could you please turn the air conditioner on? It is really hot in here.


  • turn on (2): to excite

Bungee jumping and skydiving turn Kyle on. He is really excited.


  • turn over: to rotate

When one side of the fish is fried, turn it over and fry the other side.


  • turn up (1):to increase

Please turn the volume up! This is my favourite song.


  • turn up (2):to appear unexpectedly

I was looking for my red T-shirt for ages. Guess where it turned up? It was in my sister’s drawer.