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take up

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. take-upnoun

    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"

  2. take-upverb

    the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in

  3. take upverb

    pursue or resume

    "take up a matter for consideration"

  4. take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize onverb


    "take up new ideas"

  5. take upverb

    turn one's interest to

    "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"

  6. take upverb

    take up time or space

    "take up the slack"

  7. start, take upverb

    begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

    "Take up a position"; "start a new job"

  8. adopt, borrow, take over, take upverb

    take up and practice as one's own

  9. assume, take, strike, take upverb

    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"

  10. sorb, take upverb

    take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption

  11. scoop, scoop out, lift out, scoop up, take upverb

    take out or up with or as if with a scoop

    "scoop the sugar out of the container"

  12. take in, take upverb


    "The cloth takes up the liquid"

  13. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take upverb

    take in, also metaphorically

    "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

  14. take in, sop up, suck in, take upverb

    take up as if with a sponge

  15. resume, take upverb

    return to a previous location or condition

    "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"


  1. take upnoun

    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.

  2. take upverb

    To pick up.

  3. take upverb

    To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.

  4. take upverb

    To address (an issue).

  5. take upverb

    To occupy; to consume (space or time).

  6. take upverb

    To shorten by hemming.

  7. take upverb

    To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.

  8. take upverb

    to resume


  1. take up

    Take up refers to the act of beginning or starting to do something such as a hobby, task, activity, job or responsibility. It can also mean filling or occupying an amount of space, time, or capacity. Additionally, it can refer to the act of absorbing, utilizing or accepting something.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of take up in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of take up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of take up in a Sentence

  1. Keiichiro Kobayashi:

    It could take up to four years.

  2. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu:

    The government is always willing to walk the extra mile to accommodate the views of opposition parties and take up a discussion on each and every issue.

  3. The Frenchman:

    It is not only the rights and reputations of athletes at stake, but also their ability to act as role models, inspiring young people and encouraging the next generation to take up sport.

  4. Mao Tse-Tung:

    War can only be abolished by war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.

  5. Will Humble:

    Measles can take up to 21 days to develop in a person who has been exposed to the disease, so we’re not out of the woods quite yet ... but if we don’t get any new cases by Valentine’s Day, this outbreak is likely over for Arizona.

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