take up


Definition of TAKE UP

transitive verb
:  pick up, lift <took up the carpet>
a :  to begin to occupy (land)
b :  to gather from a number of sources <took up a collection>
a :  to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b :  to accept or adopt as one's own <took up the life of a farmer>
c :  to absorb or incorporate into itself <plants taking up nutrients>
a :  to enter upon (as a business, hobby, or subject of study) <take up skiing> <took up the trumpet>
b :  to proceed to consider or deal with <take up one problem at a time>
:  to establish oneself in <took up residence in town>
:  to occupy entirely or exclusively :  fill up <the meeting was taken up with old business>
:  to make tighter or shorter <take up the slack>
:  to respond favorably to (as a person offering a bet, challenge, or proposal) <took me up on it>
:  to begin again or take over from another <we must take the good work up again>
intransitive verb
:  to make a beginning where another has left off
:  to become shortened :  draw together :  shrink
take up the cudgels
:  to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
:  to become interested or absorbed in
:  to begin to associate or consort with

Examples of TAKE UP

  1. <please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it>
  2. <the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly>

First Known Use of TAKE UP

14th century

Rhymes with TAKE UP

Medical Dictionary

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of TAKE UP

:  to absorb or incorporate into itself <the rate at which the cells took up glucose>
take–up noun


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