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Phrasal Verbs Starting with the Letter T

TAKE APART
(separable) to dismantle or disassemble

Max took the engine of his car apart, but couldn't put it back together.

TAKE BACK
(separable) to return

Max took the defective radio back to the sore where he bought it.

TAKE BACK
(separable) to retrieve something you gave or said

I take it back. Mark isn't nearly as dumb as I said.

TAKE DOWN
(separable) to lower

Max took his pants down so that the nurse could give him an injection.

TAKE DOWN
(separable) to dismantle; disassemble; take apart

Max took down his tent and went home.

TAKE DOWN
(separable) to lower one's self-esteem

Mary's constant criticism has taken Max down considerably.

TAKE IN
(separable) to reduce in size; make smaller

Max lost a lot of weight and had to have all of his pants taken in.

TAKE IN
(separable) to give shelter to; to receive as a guest, or lodger

The Smiths took Barney in while he was in town.

TAKE IN
(separable) to see for enjoyment

We took in the sights in the morning and took in a movie later in the evening.

TAKE OFF
(intransitive) to depart (aircraft)

When the plane takes off, you must have your seatbelt on and your seat must be in its upright position.

TAKE OFF
(separable) to remove from something

I'm going to take my jacket off. It's hot in here. Take you hand off my knee. I'm not that kind of girl.

TAKE ON
(separable) undertake; assume; acquire

Max took on a lot of new responsibilities.

TAKE ON
(separable) to contend against an opponent

I think I can take on Mike Tyson.

TAKE OUT
(separable) to take someone on a date

Max took Mary out to a fancy restaurant.

TAKE OUT
(separable) to extract; remove

Max takes out the trash every night.

TAKE OVER
(separable) to gain control of

Someday I will take over the world.

TAKE UP
(separable) to pursue; turn one's interest to

Max decided to take up golfing.

TAKE UP
(separable) to consume or fill time or space

Homework takes up all of my time.

TALK INTO
(separable) to persuade to do something

Max talked Mary into going to Mexico with him.

TALK OUT OF
(separable) to persuade not to do something

Bill talked his wife out of divorcing him.

TANGLE UP
(separable) to twist and mix together into a confused mass

Max accidentally tangled the electrical cords up.

TEAR OFF
(separable) to remove something by tearing

Chastain made headlines when she tore off her jersey after scoring the winning goal.

THAW OUT
(intransitive) to change from a frozen state to a non-frozen state

The ice-covered lakes thaw out in the springtime.

THAW OUT
(separable) to cause something to change from a frozen state to a non-frozen state by warming it

The warm sun thawed out the icy sidewalk.

THINK OVER
(separable) to give something a lot of thought

Before you make a big decision, you should think it over.

THROW AWAY
(separable) to discard as trash

Lee threw away the parking ticket soon after he received it.

THROW OUT
(separable) to discard

Mary threw out all of her old clothes.

THROW UP
(separable) to vomit

Mary ate so many cookies that she threw up.

TIDY UP
(separable) to clean; put in order; make neat

Max had better tidy up his office before the boss comes back from vacation.

TIP OFF
(separable) to inform

Max tipped off the police about the imminent terrorist attack.

TRADE IN
(separable) to exchange something (usually used) for payment or partial payment for something else.

Max traded his old jalopy in as a down payment on a new BMW.

TRY ON
(separable) to put clothes on to see if it fits

Be sure to try athletic shoes on before you buy them.

TRY OUT
(separable) to test to see if something is suitable

I'm going to try out some new recipes for dinner this week.

TURN AWAY
(separable) to reject; refuse; dismiss

The church turned away the people with no money to pay.

TURN AWAY
(separable) to repel; deflect

His sheer arrogance turned away many potential friends.

TURN AWAY
(intransitive) to move so that you are not facing someone

When Max entered the room, Mary turned away. She could not face him after what he had done.

TURN BACK
(intransitive) to return; revert; backtrack

We started on our trip, but the weather was so bad that we decided to turn back.

TURN BACK
(separable) to drive away; to halt the advance of

The soldiers tried with all of their might to turn back the invading forces.

TURN DOWN
(separable) to decrease

Please turn the radio down. It's too loud.

TURN DOWN
(separable) to reject

Bill asked 100 girls to go out on a date with him. All but one turned him down.

TURN IN
(separable) to submit or give work done for someone

Max turns in his homework almost always on time.

TURN OFF
(separable) to disgust

Selfish people really turn me off.

TURN OFF
(separable) to switch a machine or electrical device to the off posiiton

Please turn off the lights when you leave the room.

TURN ON
(separable) to switch on ; to cause to operate or flow

Max was bored so he turned the TV on.

TURN ON
(separable) to excite pleasurably

Mathematics turns me on.

TURN OUT
(separable) to switch off

Please turn out the lights.

TURN OVER
(separable) to invert; rotate

Once the pancake is done on one side, please turn it over to cook the other side.

TURN UP
(separable) to increase

Please turn the radio up. I can hardly hear it.

Category: Phrasal Verbs | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-01-17)
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