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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 theater 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 ad in the newspaper.

    When you take out an insurance policy, read the small print.

  4. 5
    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. 6
    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. 7
    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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