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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hennes & Mauritz AB’s family of brands also take up some of the old Dickins & Jones department store on Regent Street in London. Washington Post, "Department Stores Are Dead? Nobody Told Primark," 18 Sep. 2019 The garage bays took up more space than the actual offices. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "The first wall comes tumbling down at old Rocky River police station," 17 Sep. 2019 Detergent-eating lizards take up residence behind the washing machines, laying eggs in foam and nesting in lint, while a swarm of Hitchcockian birds occupies the south side of the factory. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019 The future weight room will take up 20,000 square feet alone, more than three times the size of the one inside Gossett. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland football building for future as Phase II of $196 million Cole Field House project heads to goal line," 16 Sep. 2019 Protesters in Syria took up arms and the country spiraled into a devastating civil war. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Tunisia Votes for a President as It Struggles to Build Democracy," 15 Sep. 2019 These days, he’s taken up horse therapy, grooming and walking the animals and training them to be calm in the arena. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "After 18 years, Texas veterans wonder how long U.S. can stay in Afghanistan," 15 Sep. 2019 Someone take up a collection for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten thoughts on Dolphins’ 43-0 loss to Patriots," 15 Sep. 2019 This discussion could take up to four hours, but Infante-Green is expected to issue a ruling today. BostonGlobe.com, "Is there a more exciting way to end the week than with a show-cause hearing on the state’s takeover of Providence schools?," 14 Sep. 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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The first known use of take-up was in the 14th century

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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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