Definitions for take up
any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom)
"a take-up that winds photographic film on a spool"
the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
pursue or resume
"take up a matter for consideration"
take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize on(verb)
"take up new ideas"
turn one's interest to
"He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
take up time or space
"take up the slack"
start, take up(verb)
begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
"Take up a position"; "start a new job"
adopt, borrow, take over, take up(verb)
take up and practice as one's own
assume, take, strike, take up(verb)
occupy or take on
"He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
sorb, take up(verb)
take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
scoop, scoop out, lift out, scoop up, take up(verb)
take out or up with or as if with a scoop
"scoop the sugar out of the container"
take in, take up(verb)
"The cloth takes up the liquid"
absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up(verb)
take in, also metaphorically
"The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
take in, sop up, suck in, take up(verb)
take up as if with a sponge
resume, take up(verb)
return to a previous location or condition
"The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to use or require a particular amount of space
The software took up too much space on my machine.
to start doing an activity regularly
She's taken up jogging.
That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
To pick up.
To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.
To address (an issue).
To occupy; to consume (space or time).
To shorten by hemming.
To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
Translations for take up
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to use or occupy (space, time etc)
I won't take up much of your time.
- opneem, morsAfrikaans
- ocuparPortuguese (BR)
- tage; lægge beslag påDanish
- καταλαμβάνω, παίρνω, απασχολώGreek
- tomar, robarSpanish
- (aega, ruumi) võtma, kasutamaEstonian
- گرفتن؛ اشغال کردنFarsi
- में व्यस्त होनाHindi
- zauzimati, zaokupiti (prostor, vrijeme)Croatian
- elvesz, elfoglalHungarian
- taka (rÿmi/tíma)Icelandic
- (공간, 시간 등을) 차지하다Korean
- aizņemt (laiku, vietu u.tml.)Latvian
- in beslag nemenDutch
- oppta, legge beslag påNorwegian
- a ocupaRomanian
- ta i anspråkSwedish
- กิน (เวลา, ที่ ฯลฯ)Thai
- 佔用Chinese (Trad.)
- لينا، قبضہ کرناUrdu
- mất nhiều thời gianVietnamese
- 占用Chinese (Simp.)
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