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surprise at. I am surprised at your statement. Mr. Payne showed great surprise at his wife's announcement.

susceptible to. Are you susceptible to colds? I am susceptical to headaches.

suspense, in. Quickly! Tell me what happened. Don't keep me in suspense.

suspicious of. The police were suspicious of the man's behavior.

swing, in full. When a party gets in full swing, everybody talks and has a good time.

take advantage of: You should take advantage of your vacation to go to France. John is taking advantage of the new employee; he gives him extra work to do. Take advantage of this offer because it doesn't last long.

take after. a. "Resemble ( a parent ) Bob takes after his father, but his sister takes after her mother.

b. "Follow the example of" Simon took after his older brother and became a lawyer.

take back: a. "Return" (S). I am going to take these gloves back to the store; they don't fit me very well.

Apologize for - "retract" (S). What you said is not true; you had better take it back.

take care of. A mother has to take care of her children.

take for. - "mistake for; assume to be." Many people take Mr. Suhimo for an Italian, but he is Japanese.

take for granted. - "assume to be true" - accept without thought or question" (S).

Don't take anything he says for granted; he is not truthful. Husbands sometimes complain that their wives take them for granted.

take in: a. "Bring from outside" (S). We can take in the "Vacancy" sign now.

b. "Include" (S). We took a lot of plays in on our visit to New York. Our property takes in the woods and the streams.

c. "Deceive" (S). Did that magician take you in with his tricks?

d. "Make smaller" (S). If you go on a diet, you will have to take your

dresses in.

e. "Listen to; become absorbed in" (S). Mr. Burton took in every word of the

President's speech.

take into consideration (or account), "consider" (S). Don't be impolite; you

should take other people's feelings into consideration.

take off. a. "Remove" (used with clothes) (S). Mr. Smith took his hat off and

sat down.

b. "Leave the ground" (used with planes). The plane will take off at noon.

c. "Not work" (for a period) (S). Carl took the day off and went to the dentist.

d. "Run." When the boys saw the policeman, they took off. He took off after them.

take on: a. "Hire" (S). That factory took on twenty workers yesterday.

b. "Undertake to do" (S). I will take that part of the work on.

c. "Assume." That rose takes on a yellowish hue when it is in full bloom.

take out:

a. "Remove, delete (S). Don't leave the apples in the bag; take them out. Take your hands out of your pockets. Why don't you take that word out? It is not needed in the letter.

b. "Have a date with" (S). Are you taking a girl out tonight?

c. "Buy (insurance)" (S). You must take out insurance on your car.

take over, "assume control or direction (of)" (S). Another director is going to take the program over next month.

take part in. We are going to take part in the celebrations. I took part in the fund-raising campaign. Have you taken part in this project before?