The English phrasal verb TAKE AWAY has the following meanings:
1. Take away = to remove
(transitive) When you remove something or someone, and take it/them with you when you leave.
- The protesters were arrested and taken away by the police.
- Can you take your trash away?
- The boy was taken away from his parents on recommendation of the social workers.
- The teacher took my phone away until the end of the class.
2. Take away = to make a feeling, sensation or pain disappear
(transitive) This refers to removing a feeling, sensation or pain so that a person no longer feels it or has it.
- I need something to take away my pain.
- The photos of the road accident took away my appetite.
- Nothing can take away the pain of losing a child.
- Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.
3. Take away = to subtract
(transitive) When you subtract one number or amount from another.
- If you take away three from ten, you leave seven.
- Twenty take away five is fifteen.
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