take part in: meaning and explanation

To take part in something = to participate or be involved in something. e.g. I’m not very political now, but I took part in several big protests when I was younger.

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Synonyms for take part in include: join in with something, participate in something, be involved in something.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Ireland

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About the sentence

…It had totally slipped my mind

If something slipped your mind then you forgot it. This is a useful idiom to use when you’re apologising for something. e.g. I’m really sorry about not posting your letter – it slipped my mind.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: England (RP)

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James party sulking, and refused in any .

About the sentence


Someone is sulking when they are angry or upset with someone or about something, and they are not talking or interacting nicely with others.

It is associated with young children (who tend to sulk when they don’t get what they want), so when an adult is described as sulking it usually makes them sound immature or childish. e.g. Tom’s upstairs sulking in his room because his football team lost again.

Micro-listening #3

Accent: Northern England

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I've been invited in a psychology experiment have to I'm pretty busy.

About the sentence

…I might have to turn them down

The phrasal verb to turn something down means to reject something. e.g. Michael turned down a job offer from Google years ago, and has regretted it ever since.

Extra practice

Here are some questions/links to help you learn the new vocabulary:

  • Do you have meetings at work? Are you the kind of person who likes to take part in the discussion, or do you let others do the talking?
  • Is there anything that you regret taking part in? Or something that you regret not taking part in?
  • Have you ever taken part in some kind of live performance, like a play or a concert? How did it go?

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