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 farmer>c :  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 trumpet>b :  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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