Recordemos que el verbo take significa tomar o llevar. I take a cookie. I take my umbrella with me.
También podemos usarlo en diversas situaciones como take a selfie, take a step, take a shower, take advantage. Importante recordar que no lo usamos para tomar una decision: decimos make a decision, NO take a decision.
Y después están los phrasal verbs con take, que usan este verbo como base. Los phrasal verbs son verbos formados por un verbo y una preposición, que siempre van juntos y tienen un sentido totalmente diferente de su verbo raíz.
Algunos phrasal verbs con take
Take in: Engañar (I was taken in by a scam e-mail and lost some money) Entender (I was so shocked by what she said that it took me a minute to take it in)
Take on: Aceptar una tarea (I took on the marketing project) Emplear (The company is taking on ten new interns next month)
Take care of: Cuidar (My aunt used to take care of me while my parents worked)
Take after: Heredar un parecido (Jeff is really competitive. He takes after his father: he was competitive too)
Take over: Tomar el mando o continuar lo que otra persona ha empezado (You just get the oven heated for the bread, then I’ll take over and do the rest)
Take charge: Tomar el control (The new CEO will take charge of this branch)
Take part in: Participar (Everyone took part in the baking contest)
Take apart: Desarmar (We had to take the wardrobe apart to get it out of the house)
Take away: Quitar (If you don’t turn your phone off I’ll take it away)
Take off: Quitar (Take off your shoes and you’ll be more comfortable) Despegar (My career really took off after that interview on TV)
Take up: Empezar (I’m going to take up guitar lessons soon)
Take out on: Desquitarse (Don’t yell at me. If you’re upset because you had a bad day, don’t take it out on me)