Meaning of “take sth off” in the English Dictionary

"take sth off" in British English

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take sth off

phrasal verb with take uk /teɪk/ us /teɪk/ verb took, taken

(REMOVE)

A2 to remove something, especially clothes:

He took off his clothes and got into the shower.
After the poisoning scare, the product was taken off the shelves/the market (= removed from sale).

More examples

  • He took off his shoes to cool his sweaty feet.
  • When he took off his hat, we saw that he was completely bald!
  • Oops - I forgot to take the price label off your present.
  • She took off her rings to do the washing-up, and now she can't find them.
  • The doctor told me to take off my shirt so he could listen to my chest.

(NOT WORK)

B2 to spend time away from your work:

He took two weeks off in September.

More examples

  • I need to take some time off to see my mother.
  • I took the whole summer off to work on my book.
  • We're planning to take some time off at Christmas.

(Definition of “take sth off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"take sth off" in Business English

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take sth off

phrasal verb with take uk /teɪk/ us verb [ T ] took, taken

WORKPLACE to have a period of time away from work:

After the business trip she took a few days off.
I am definitely looking forward to taking some time off.

FINANCE to reduce a price by a particular amount:

Being too near a train track could take thousands off the price of a house.

(Definition of “take sth off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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