TAKE ABACK – phrasal verb – meanings and examples

The English phrasal verb TAKE ABACK has the following meaning:


1. Take aback = to be surprised or shocked

(transitive) When someone hears or sees something that they are not expecting to. When a person is caught off guard and is surprised. Synonyms include amaze, bewilder, or dumbfound.

  • I was taken aback by her generosity.
  • We were taken aback by the smell coming from the fridge.
  • Becky is taken aback by the friendliness of her new coworkers.
  • I was rather taken aback by his nasty reply.
  • The news of the actor’s death taken me aback

This verb is mostly used in the Passive Voice.
To be + taken + aback

Take aback – Summary Chart

TAKE ABACK - Meaning and examples of this English Phrasal Verb

Lesson tags: Passive Voice, Phrasal Verbs, Take
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