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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake off
he/she/ittakes off
present participletaking off
past tensetook off
past participletaken off
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove something, especially a piece of clothing
    I’d better take my shoes off.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if an aircraft takes off, it leaves the ground and starts flying
    The plane should take off on time.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to become successful or popular very fast
    Her business has really taken off.
  4. 4
    [transitive]take something off to have a particular amount of time away from work
    I’m taking Monday off to go to London.
    We haven’t taken any time off since last summer.
  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to leave a place suddenly
    As soon as she saw George arrive, she just took off.
  6. 6
    [transitive] informal to copy the way that someone speaks or behaves, in order to entertain people
    Beth can take off Judy Garland brilliantly.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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