take-up

noun
\ ˈtāk-ˌəp How to pronounce take-up (audio) \

Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

verb
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

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

Sign-up Part of the problem is that the Davos set has done little to back Mr. Macron in his effort to take up the mantle of globalism. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Macron’s Tumble Tells a Larger Story," 21 Jan. 2019 These aren’t just some guys taking up roster spots, either. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "On Basketball: International stars leaving mark on NBA," 2 Jan. 2019 If the tower of life were an office building, plants would be the main tenants, taking up dozens of floors. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 Blogger Debbie Chapman of One Little Project created the too-cute craft after trying to figure out another use for the faux-flame candles taking up space on her mantel. Jessica Mejia, Country Living, "Turn Dollar Store Tea Lights Into the Cutest Snowman Ornaments," 20 Nov. 2018 Emmoni is among a growing number of girls taking up wrestling. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "'Ten years ago, you'd never dream of doing this': Girls wrestling gaining popularity," 11 July 2018 Rather, these are cap accounting charges taking up available space that could be spent on active players. Andrew Brandt, SI.com, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 Citing loud noises and an influx of cars taking up all the street parking, neighbors complained, eventually forcing the police to get involved. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Smashing Pumpkins House Show Shut Down by Police," 2 July 2018 Aquatic species taken up in ballast water in one part of the world and then released elsewhere can become an ecology-disrupting invasive species in their new home. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Snyder vetoes bill weakening ballast water standards," 29 June 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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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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