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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake out
he/she/ittakes out
present participletaking out
past tensetook out
past participletaken out
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  1. 1
    to remove something from a pocket, bag etc
    Henry took out his wallet.
    The officer started to take her notebook out.
  2. 2
    to take someone to a place like a cinema or a restaurant and usually pay for them
    take someone out for something: She’s taking her parents out for dinner.
  3. 3
    to get something officially, especially from an insurance company, bank, or law court
    They’ve taken out a huge advertisement in the national press.
    When you take out insurance, read the small print.
  4. 6
    take it out of you mainly spoken to need a lot of effort and to make you feel very tired
    Playing tennis in this heat really takes it out of you.
  5. 7
    take someone out of themselves informal to help someone to forget their problems
    She ought to go out and have fun, it’d take her out of herself.
  6. 8
    take something out on someone to make someone suffer because you are angry, upset, or tired, even though it is not their fault
    When he’s under pressure at work, he takes it out on me.
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