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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

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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 There's even a baby bonus of up to €1,500 for each newborn if anyone decides to take up residency and have a kid. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, "These beautiful Italian towns will pay you to work remotely," 9 May 2021 The change, however, did not apply retroactively, and the Supreme Court agreed to take up the issue again in December. NBC News, "Ahead of Supreme Court's decision on split juries, New Orleans DA tackles 'Jim Crow office'," 9 May 2021 The discrepancy inspired the legislature to take up the matter. BostonGlobe.com, "In a small New Hampshire town near the Mass. border, the 2020 election still rages," 8 May 2021 The discrepancy inspired the legislature to take up the matter. Michael Casey, chicagotribune.com, "In a small New Hampshire town, the 2020 election still rages: ‘That was angry mob if I have ever seen one’," 8 May 2021 However, a provision in the bill allows schools to take up to 75% of the money and place it in a pool for all athletes at the school. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With campus visits returning, UW football coaches will have a chance to land some recruits … and discuss a sticky subject," 7 May 2021 Texas lawmakers are set to take up one of its omnibus elections bill, HB 6, for a floor vote Thursday. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, "GOP Gov. DeSantis signs Florida election bill into law amid new controversy," 6 May 2021 Blood and Guts is expected to take up much of the second hour. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, "AEW Blood And Guts Results: Winners, News And Notes On May 5, 2021," 6 May 2021 The Texas House is scheduled to take up one version on Thursday. Los Angeles Times, "Texas Republicans’ push to restrict voting is straining their close ties with business," 6 May 2021

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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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