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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 The other 38 billion end up in landfills, oceans and streets and can even take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Earth Day 2021: 10 eco-friendly products to buy on sale now," 22 Apr. 2021 Combined, those steps could take up to three months to complete. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: The Newsom recall effort’s big week ahead," 19 Apr. 2021 Simmering bones and connective tissues to make bone broth can take up to 48 hours but using an Instant Pot yields bone broth in less than two hours. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best Instant Pot for bone broth," 17 Apr. 2021 Be aware that paper checks could take up to three weeks to arrive in your mailbox. Andy Meek, BGR, "If you live in this state, you’re getting a new $600 stimulus check," 16 Apr. 2021 Don't jump to conclusions immediately, fillers can take up to two weeks for the swelling to subside and the filler to settle into its final resting position. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, "12 Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist When Considering Fillers," 14 Apr. 2021 The warrant was served at 7:30 a.m. and the search could take up to two days to complete, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said. Stella Chan, Paul Vercammen And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Investigators in Kristin Smart case serve search warrant at the home of the prime suspect's father," 13 Apr. 2021 Under the new order signed Tuesday the court can take up to seven days after an arrest to arraign someone. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Superior Court gets another extension for arraignments, trials during pandemic," 12 Apr. 2021 Her spokesman said such reviews can take up to six months. oregonlive, "Investigation into fatal deputy shooting of Jenoah Donald wraps up, turned over to prosecutor," 5 Apr. 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 8 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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