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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 entire new facility is 180,000 square feet, about half of which is taken up by the practice field. 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 Democrats have been calling on McConnell to take up a bill the House passed in February that would expand background checks, but the White House issued a veto threat on the measure. NBC News, "Democrats push new gun measures as GOP huddles with Trump," 10 Sep. 2019 This forces PhD graduates either to delay taking up postdoc opportunities, or look elsewhere for opportunities. Thomas Kariuki, Quartz Africa, "African universities are battling to attract post-doctoral researchers," 31 Aug. 2019 Thus far, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to take up the bill despite widespread, bipartisan support for it. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "When Does Congress Reconvene? August Recess, Explained," 16 Aug. 2019 The City Council could take up the code amendment as soon as September. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Permanent Costa Mesa homeless shelter may get needed zoning tweak," 13 Aug. 2019 Parallel parking takes up more horizontal space than angling cars outward toward the street, leading to an approximately 30% loss of parking in the conversion, Calvert said. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Proposed Glendale streetcar rolls into focus," 6 Aug. 2019 The Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday evening in support of a resolution to urge the U.S. Senate to take up a bill aimed at stopping some gun sales without a background check. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Council votes to urge U.S. Senate to take up universal background check issue," 5 Aug. 2019 McConnell has so far refused to take up that bipartisan bill. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Congress is running out of time to secure the 2020 elections," 30 July 2019

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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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The first known use of take-up was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

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

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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