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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

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 The final vote was 47 to 47, well short of the 60 needed to take up the bill. Anumita Kaur, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Storing is simple with this model, as the compact size doesn't take up too much room on your countertop. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 Four health care leaders took the stage at the STAT Health Tech Summit in San Francisco Tuesday to take up that assignment. Allison Deangelis, STAT, 29 May 2022 The final vote was 47-47, short of the 60 needed to take up the bill. Farnoush Amiri And Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 27 May 2022 The final vote was 47-47, short of the 60 needed to take up the bill. Farnoush Amiri And Lisa Mascaro, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 The final vote was 47-47, short of the 60 needed to take up the bill. Farnoush Amiri And Lisa Mascaro, Chron, 26 May 2022 Attorneys representing the state also joined with outside lawyers to file four legal briefs with the justices urging them to reject a petition from Republican legislative leaders to take up the issue. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 May 2022 On April 8 this year, school leaders from Milwaukee and suburban districts gathered at North Division High School to take up discussions anew, this time not through litigation. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for take-up

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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