take up


Definition of take up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  pick up, lift took up the carpet

  3. 2a :  to begin to occupy (land)b :  to gather from a number of sources took up a collection

  4. 3a :  to accept or adopt for the purpose of assistingb :  to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmerc :  to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients

  5. 4a :  to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpetb :  to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time

  6. 5 :  to establish oneself in took up residence in town

  7. 6 :  to occupy entirely or exclusively :  fill up the meeting was taken up with old business

  8. 7 :  to make tighter or shorter take up the slack

  9. 8 :  to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it

  10. 9 :  to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

  11. intransitive verb
  12. 1 :  to make a beginning where another has left off

  13. 2 :  to become shortened :  draw together :  shrink

take up the cudgels

  1. :  to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute

take up with

  1. 1 :  to become interested or absorbed in

  2. 2 :  to begin to associate or consort with

Examples of take up in a sentence

  1. please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it

  2. the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly

14th Century

First Known Use of take up

14th century

Medical Dictionary

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

  1. :  to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose



Law Dictionary

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

  1. 1 :  to pay the amount of (as a note) :  pay in full for

  2. 2 :  to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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a trip made at another's expense

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