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

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Some gun control advocates were hoping the city will repeal the law in order to keep the gun issue from being taken up by the Supreme Court. NBC News, "Supreme Court term found Trump's justices, and others, forming unpredictable alliances," 30 June 2019 Protective services are normally bound by confidentiality rules, but Rawlings believes that the popular nickname, shared with the media and fondly taken up by her caretakers, will ultimately protect the child's long-term privacy. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Thousands want to adopt Baby India, found swaddled in a plastic bag in Georgia," 28 June 2019 Another estimate suggests 11% of their day is taken up by paperwork. The Economist, "The front line of England’s NHS is being reinvented," 27 June 2019 One entire side of the Blue House structure is taken up by the pool, a semicircular, floor-to-ceiling cross-section of the home, and the rest of the roof is a pool deck-slash-patio area that can be reached by vertiginous circular stairs. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "You've Never Seen a Poolhouse Like THIS Before," 21 June 2019 Each book is less than 80 pages each, with several pages taken up by autographs from the likes of Beyonce, Bobby Knight, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Mahatma Ghandi. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 The budget was written by the Legislature's finance committee and will be taken up by the Assembly on June 25. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers set to take up an $81.5 billion state budget that puts a Republican spin on Evers' vision," 17 June 2019 Scott Mettille stood out as the standard bearer for free-flowing naturalism, a cause taken up by Leslie O’Neill and Sarah Steichen Stiles. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Zenon Dance Company’s farewell is exhilarating and touching," 14 June 2019 Before the beam was taken up by the crane, it was signed by tribal and project leaders present. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Yavapai Nation celebrates milestone in construction of new Fort McDowell casino, resort," 6 June 2019

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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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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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