TAKE AWAY – phrasal verb – meanings and examples

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.

Take away – Summary Chart

TAKE AWAY - Meanings and examples of this English Phrasal Verb

Lesson tags: Away, Phrasal Verbs, Take
Back to: Phrasal Verbs in English > Phrasal Verbs with TAKE

Pin It on Pinterest