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Multiple meaning phrasal verbs in English.

Take –off:

Meaning one: an airplane goes into the air. So when a flight leaves, we say it took off.

Example: The flight to NY took off at 11 am.

Meaning two: Something increases in popularity. When someone or something gains fast success, we say it took off.

Example: The new café took off in its first week of business.

Meaning three: remove clothing from body. It is the opposite of put on.

Example: Take off your coat and relax.

Meaning four: to leave a place. In this context, it is used informally.

Example: After a nasty with John, Richard took off in anger.

Meaning five: to stop studying or working for a period of time.

Example: James was so tired of working for long hours that he has finally taken off for a week.

Pass out:

Meaning one: to distribute or give away

Example: The teacher passed out the test to the class.

Meaning two: to faint or lose consciousness due to shock, fear, nervousness and medical problem

Example: After shopping in the heat, I passed out on the road.


Bring up:

Meaning one: to raise, care for, educate a child

Example:  Sarah lost her parents when she was a child. Her maternal aunt brought her up.

Meaning two: to introduce a topic into conversation or discussion

Example: Mike told his team, “Don’t forget to bring up the new business proposal at the meeting tomorrow.”

Take out:

Meaning one: to remove something from inside a place

Example: I took the new mobile phone out of the box.

Meaning two: to invite someone on a social encounter

Example: Mike is taking his girlfriend out on a date tonight.

Meaning three: to borrow. In this sense, it is used for taking out books from a library or money (loan) from a bank.

Example: I took out ten library books.

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