noun \ ˈtāk-ˌəp \
Updated on: 18 Feb 2018

Definition of take-up

: the action of taking up

First Known Use of take-up


take up


Definition of take up

transitive verb
1 : pick up, lift
  • took up the carpet
2 a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources
  • took up a collection
3 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
4 a : 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

Examples of take up in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of take up

14th century

take up Synonyms

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, up, uphold, uplift, upraise
drop, lower
Related Words
ascend, mount, rise; rear, upend
Near Antonyms
descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submerge

TAKE-UP Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of take-up for English Language Learners

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

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



Law Dictionary

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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