take up


take up
verb
1. pursue or resume (Freq. 9)
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take up a matter for consideration

Hypernyms: ↑embark, ↑enter
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. adopt (Freq. 5)
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take up new ideas

Syn: ↑latch on, ↑fasten on, ↑hook on, ↑seize on
Hypernyms: ↑espouse, ↑embrace, ↑adopt, ↑sweep up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s PP

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Somebody ——s something

3. turn one's interest to (Freq. 4)
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He took up herpetology at the age of fifty

Hypernyms: ↑turn
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s VERB-ing

4. take up time or space (Freq. 3)
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take up the slack

Hypernyms: ↑occupy, ↑fill
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

5. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job (Freq. 2)
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Take up a position

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start a new job

Syn: ↑start
Derivationally related forms: ↑start (for: ↑start)
Hyponyms: ↑take office
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

6. take up and practice as one's own (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑adopt, ↑borrow, ↑take over
Derivationally related forms: ↑adoptive (for: ↑adopt), ↑adoption (for: ↑adopt)
Hypernyms: ↑accept, ↑take, ↑have
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s something from somebody

7. occupy or take on (Freq. 1)
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He assumes the lotus position

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She took her seat on the stage

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We took our seats in the orchestra

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She took up her position behind the tree

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strike a pose

Syn: ↑assume, ↑take, ↑strike
Hypernyms: ↑move
Verb Group: ↑fill, ↑take, ↑occupy
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

8. take out or up with or as if with a scoop (Freq. 1)
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scoop the sugar out of the container

Syn: ↑scoop, ↑scoop out, ↑lift out, ↑scoop up
Derivationally related forms: ↑scoop (for: ↑scoop)
Hypernyms: ↑remove, ↑take, ↑take away, ↑withdraw
Hyponyms: ↑dip
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

9. take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑sorb
Derivationally related forms: ↑sorption (for: ↑sorb), ↑sorbent (for: ↑sorb)
Topics: ↑chemistry, ↑chemical science
Hypernyms: ↑change state, ↑turn
Hyponyms: ↑absorb, ↑adsorb, ↑chemisorb
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

10. accept
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The cloth takes up the liquid

Syn: ↑take in
Hypernyms: ↑receive, ↑have
Hyponyms: ↑fuel
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

11. return to a previous location or condition
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The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it

Syn: ↑resume
Hypernyms: ↑change
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

12. take in, also metaphorically
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The sponge absorbs water well

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She drew strength from the minister's words

Syn:
absorb, ↑suck, ↑imbibe, ↑soak up, ↑sop up, ↑suck up, ↑draw, ↑take in
See Also: ↑draw in (for: ↑draw), ↑suck in (for: ↑suck)
Derivationally related forms: ↑imbiber (for: ↑imbibe), ↑suck (for: ↑suck), ↑sucker (for: ↑suck), ↑absorption (for: ↑absorb), ↑absorber (for: ↑absorb)
Hyponyms: ↑wipe up, ↑mop up, ↑mop, ↑blot, ↑sponge up
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

13. take up as if with a sponge
Syn: ↑take in, ↑sop up, ↑suck in
Hypernyms: ↑consume, ↑ingest, ↑take in, ↑take, ↑have
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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If you take up an activity, you become interested in it and start doing it.

I thought I'd take up fishing.

He took up gymnastics at the age of nine.

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Take up has another meaning. If an activity takes up a lot of your time, you spend a lot of time doing it.

...the cumbersome administrative work that took up staff time.

At the moment `Oliver' is taking a lot of my time up.

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Similarly, if something takes up an amount of space, it occupies all of it.

Dresses don't take up much space.

They don't take up any more room than a passport.

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'take off'
When a plane leaves the ground and starts flying, you do not say that it `takes up'. You say that it takes off.

...small planes standing ready to take off.

Journalists gathered at the airport to watch us take off.

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take up [phrasal verb]
1 take up or take up (something) or take (something) up : to begin (something) again : to continue (something) after you or another person stops

She took up [=picked up] the story where he left off.

He is hoping that he and his ex-girlfriend can take up [=that they can continue their relationship] where they left off.

2 take up (something) : to fill (an area, amount of time, etc.) completely or almost completely

The new couch takes up half of the room.

I don't want to take up too much of your time, but I do have a few questions.

The entire day was taken up by/with meetings.

We don't use this table for anything. It's just taking up space.

3 take up (something) or take (something) up
3 a : to begin studying or practicing (an activity, subject, instrument, etc.) usually as a hobby

I was thinking about taking up skiing/dancing/photography.

She took up the guitar at age 11.

taking up art lessons

3 b : to begin to deal with (a problem, an issue, etc.)

The cause of global warming has been taken up by many celebrities recently.

The court took up the question of how to deal with companies that break the law.

He seemed willing to take up [=take on] the challenge.

3 c : to begin to have (a new job, home, etc.)

He will take up his post [=begin working at his new post/job] at the beginning of the year.

She went to France and took up residence in Paris. [=became a resident of Paris; began living in Paris]

She took up [=she began to lead] the life of an artist. = She took up life as an artist.

Two men with guns had taken up (their) positions on the roof.

3 d somewhat old-fashioned : to begin to use (something)

They took up hammers and nails and went to work building the house.

Once again, they took up arms [=picked up weapons and became ready to fight] to defend their country.

3 e : to make (something, such as a piece of clothing) shorter

Can you take the legs of these pants up two inches?

3 f : to lift and remove (something)

We took up the carpet in the living room and replaced it with hardwood flooring.

3 g : to gather (money, clothes, etc.) from many different people or places

They are taking up a collection for the homeless shelter.

4 take (someone) up on (something) : to make an agreement with (someone) to accept (an offer)

“Can I buy you a drink?” “Sure, I'll take you up on that.”

We took the company up on its offer to replace the computer for free.

5 take (something) up with (someone) : to talk about (something, such as a problem) with (someone)

If you have a problem, please take it up with one of our managers.

Have you taken this up with your mother yet?

6 take up with (someone) : to begin a friendly or romantic relationship with (someone)

After her divorce, she took up with a younger man.

— see also take-up
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Main Entry:take

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ˌtake ˈup derived
to continue, especially starting after sb/sth else has finished

The band's new album takes up where their last one left off.

Main entry:takederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Synonyms:
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