take after

verb
took after; taken after; taking after; takes after

Definition of take 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

First Known Use of take after

1627, in the meaning defined above

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“Take after.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20after. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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