take-up

1 of 2

noun

: the action of taking up

take up

2 of 2

verb

took up; taken up; taking up; takes 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
Phrases
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

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
Noun
The outlook for Tesla is far less certain, given Chinese competition and the apparent slowdown in take-up of EVs in the United States and Europe. Anna Cooban, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024 With range anxiety a major factor slowing down the take-up of EVs, that’s likely to continue: As a rule, the larger the battery the greater the range. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for take-up 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near take-up

Cite this Entry

“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

take-up

1 of 2 noun
ˈtā-ˌkəp
1
: a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises in completing a stitch
2
: a device for winding photographic film on a reel, core, or spool

take up

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)tā-ˈkəp
1
: to begin to occupy
took up their positions
2
: to begin to engage in : undertake
took up swimming
3
: to absorb or incorporate into itself
plants taking up water and minerals
4
: to pull up or in so as to tighten or to shorten
take up the slack

Medical Definition

take up

transitive verb
: to absorb or incorporate into itself
the rate at which the cells took up glucose
take-up noun

Legal Definition

take up

transitive verb
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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