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Business Collocations with Take

Welcome to another episode of The Art of Business English. This week I have some more useful vocabulary and expression for you to make you sound even more awesome in your next interaction in English.

Today, we are going to be looking at 15 collocations that use the verb “take”. These collocations are very useful and commonly used by native English speakers. What’s more, I will provide you with the meaning, and an example sentence so that you can understand them in context.

Let’s dive in.

Phrasal verbs for business meetings

Take On

Meaning: confront

Take someone up on an offer

Meaning: Accept an offer

Take down

Meaning: to write down on paper or make a note of something

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Take into account/consideration

Meaning: To think about

Take one’s time to do something

Meaning: make a commitment or effort

Take issue with

Meaning: disagree with

Take a decision

Meaning: decide to do something

Take a look at

Meaning: look casually at

Take (stress/maternity) leave

Meaning: time off work for personal issues

Take a rain check

Meaning: postpone or delay something

Take charge of a situation

Meaning: assume control of something

Take action

Meaning: act or do something practical

Take part in something

Meaning: participate

Take the lead

Meaning: have initiative

Take responsibility for

Meaning: accept the blame for something

There is my list of 15 useful collocations for business that use the verb “take”. I am sure you will agree they are easy to use and you may have even heard of some.

Finally, in the last part of this episode, I am going to share with you some example sentences and for those of you who speak English, you can also benefit from the Spanish translation.

Expression in context

Take a look at the table below.




Take on

“He took on management to improve conditions for workers.”


Take up/take someone up on

“I would like to take you up on your offer. Let’s arrange a meeting to discuss the details.”


Take down

“Can you please take down some of these ideas so we can share them with the team?”


Take into consideration/account

“There are several factors we need to take into consideration before we decide to cancel the contract.”

Tener en cuenta

Take one’s time to do something

“I really appreciate you for taking the time to help me finish this report.”

Dedicar tiempo a

Take issue with

“I’m sorry, but I take issue with your last statement. This is not actually what happened.”

No estar de acuerdo con

Take a decision

“Now that we have all of the facts, it is time to take a decision. All in favour?”

Tomar una decisión

Take a look at

“When you get the time, can you take a look at the latest P&L?”

Echar un vistazo

Take (stress/maternity) leave

“We will have to find a temporary fill in, as Maria is taking maternity leave next month.”

Baja por…

Take a rain check

“Can we take a rain check on our lunch date?”

Postponer por otra ocasión

Take charge of a situation

“Can someone step up and take charge of this situation?”

Tomar el control de

Take action

“If we don’t take action soon, then we will lose control of the situation.”


Take part in something

“I would like at least one member from each department to take part in organising the event.”

Tomar parte en

Take the lead

“That is one thing I admire about Jane; she always takes the lead on any problems that need solving.”

Tomar la iniciativa

Take responsibility for

“Unless we take responsibility for the poor sales results, we will never reach our sales targets.”

Asumir la culpa

Final thoughts

Understanding collocations in context is a great way to improve your business English. If you would like to learn more then be sure to check out my eBook entitled, “500 Business English Collocations For Everyday Use”.

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Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

Andrew Ambrosius

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