take after


took after; taken after; taking after; takes after

transitive verb

: to resemble (someone) in features, build, character, or disposition
a daughter who takes after her mother
"That's Tulliver's son," said the publican to a grocer standing on the adjacent door-step. "Ah!" said the grocer, "I thought I knew his features. He takes after his mother's family."George Eliot
"His father was lazy but his mother hasn't a lazy bone in her body, and Peter takes after her."Lucy Maud Montgomery

Examples of take after in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unaffected by this is the classified documents case which involves actions only taken after Trump’s presidency, and will go forward, provided Trump flunky Judge Aileen Cannon actually allows it. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 2 July 2024 That's the route Diana Vargas, 33, coding-whiz mom of one, took after her military spouse was stationed abroad for several years. Leslie Goldman, Parents, 24 June 2024 Jessica Simpson's daughter is taking after her mom! Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 But the video of pro-Palestinian rallies in the Instagram post was not taken after students set up the protest camp at Columbia University. Andre Byik, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for take after 

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Word History

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take after was in 1627

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“Take after.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20after. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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