take-up

noun
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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

verb

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

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

Often times Valencia is tasked with restoring the corsets, a process that can take up to two weeks and several different hands, including a couture cleaner, a corset maker to fix boning, and a threader who will patch up loose threads and holes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Johnny Valencia Is Instagram’s “King of Corsets”," 20 Feb. 2019 The bachelorette's fittings can take up to two days. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019 The process can take up to eight months, the committee’s website says. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Court Officials Blast Mayor de Blasio for Delays on Judges," 2 Jan. 2019 Congress can, of course, take up the issue again in 2019. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Senate debates resolution to end US support for war in Yemen," 13 Dec. 2018 Fashion brands like Uma and Leopold, started by the Brazilian designer Lara Braga, employ local artisans to produce maxi and wrap dresses using Indonesian Kerawang embroidery and hand beading; each piece can take up to a month to make. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 As with many worms, the hydatid worm can take up residence in various organs of the body, including the brain. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Tingling in woman's legs turns out to be a worm in her spine," 12 July 2018 At Nike's other stores, the turnover rate for the shoe inventory can take up to 45 days. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Can you 'crowdsource' a store? Nike is about to find out," 12 July 2018 Each member of a family can take up to four books for their keeping, with no charge. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "MPS Office Of Equity And Partnerships Moves To New Location," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of take-up

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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More Definitions for take-up

take-up

noun

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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