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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : 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
4a : to enter upon (something, such 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
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence


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

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The note also said that a new Mexican restaurant will be taking up residence in the space soon. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Walnut Creek’s Mangosteen closes after 1 year," 12 Sep. 2019 The employee who receives your form says that, because of the great number of applications the office has received, the staff will take up to nine months to issue the permit. Dan Ariely, Scientific American, "The Contagion of Corruption," 9 Sep. 2019 The council will also take up a San Diego Regional Community Choice Energy Authority Joint Powers Agreement with San Diego, Chula Vista, La Mesa, and other participating cities, as well as formation of a Community Choice Energy Program. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "On the agenda, Sept. 8," 8 Sep. 2019 The exhibits will take up about 8,600 square feet of gallery space at the Huntington, and the institutions are also planning joint programming. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, "Huntington Library changes its name: Goodbye ‘Art Collections,’ hello ‘Art Museum’," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities say that this will take up to an hour once the fireworks are over. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Riverfest traffic: How to get to get there and where to park on Sunday," 29 Aug. 2019 Project leaders are hoping to finalize that plan later this year and other partners – like Washington County and Portland – will take up the financial issue anytime between January and May, according to TriMet. oregonlive.com, "Barbur light rail project faces $462 million funding gap, tough decisions loom," 23 Aug. 2019 The building, which will take up most of the block between 13th and Lancaster, will have space for retail and restaurants. Dallas News, "Tax incentives could kickstart Fort Worth's first new residential high-rise in 30 years," 21 Aug. 2019 The exhibit, which features more than 100 of the most important instruments in rock history from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eagles and others, will take up parts of four floors at the Rock Hall. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ‘Rock on TV’ exhibit headed to Chicago," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of take-up was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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