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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

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mario Martinez, a lawyer for United Farm Workers, said the union was disappointed by the court’s decision to take up the case. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on union access to farmworkers," 13 Nov. 2020 So, in an effort not to take up Norris' brewing space, Smith bought two tanks of his own and installed them at the brewery. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's first Black-owned brewery launches this week. Say hello to Kitsune Brewing," 11 Nov. 2020 Those efforts have been complicated by the Democrats’ failure to take control of the Senate, which declined before the election to take up a House bill containing nearly $1 trillion for state and local governments. Los Angeles Times, "California went big for Biden. Now its cities, counties and schools are seeking relief," 11 Nov. 2020 No rush: The Ohio Elections Commission has no immediate plans to take up a complaint challenging former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s use of $920,000 in campaign money to fund his criminal defense. cleveland, "Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost signs off on Trump lawsuit that Pennsylvania should invalidate some votes: Capitol Letter," 10 Nov. 2020 The court’s order left open the possibility that the justices could take up and decide after the election whether a three-day extension to receive and count absentee ballots ordered by Pennsylvania’s high court was proper. Mark Sherman, chicagotribune.com, "North Carolina, yes. Pennsylvania, yes. Wisconsin, no: Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders," 29 Oct. 2020 The court's order left open the possibility that the justices could take up and decide after the election whether a three-day extension to receive and count absentee ballots ordered by Pennsylvania's high court was proper. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders," 29 Oct. 2020 Republicans objected to Schumer’s request to take up the House coronavirus aid package, noting Democrats rejected a more narrow GOP bill that provided $500 billion in aid. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Republicans convene rare weekend Senate session to ensure Amy Coney Barrett's swift Supreme Court confirmation," 24 Oct. 2020 The ruling follows the Supreme Court’s Oct. 16 decision to take up a similar case after a federal court in New York blocked the memo. Washington Post, "Second federal court blocks Trump memo on excluding undocumented immigrants from apportionment," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

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

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

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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