Definition of Take up

1. Verb. Pursue or resume. "Take up a matter for consideration"

Generic synonyms: Embark, Enter



2. Verb. Adopt. "Take up new ideas"
Exact synonyms: Fasten On, Hook On, Latch On, Seize On
Generic synonyms: Adopt, Embrace, Espouse, Sweep Up

3. Verb. Turn one's interest to. "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
Generic synonyms: Turn

4. Verb. Take up time or space. "Take up the slack"
Generic synonyms: Fill, Occupy

5. Verb. Begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job. "Start a new job"
Exact synonyms: Start
Specialized synonyms: Take Office
Derivative terms: Start, Start, Start

6. Verb. Take up and practice as one's own.
Exact synonyms: Adopt, Borrow, Take Over
Generic synonyms: Accept, Have, Take
Derivative terms: Adoption, Adoptive

7. Verb. Occupy or take on. "The men take up the horses across the field"; "Strike a pose"
Exact synonyms: Assume, Strike, Take
Generic synonyms: Move
Related verbs: Fill, Occupy, Take

8. Verb. Take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption.
Exact synonyms: Sorb
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Absorb, Adsorb, Chemisorb
Derivative terms: Sorbent, Sorption

9. Verb. Take out or up with or as if with a scoop. "Scoop the sugar out of the container"
Exact synonyms: Lift Out, Scoop, Scoop Out, Scoop Up
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Dip
Derivative terms: Scoop, Scoop, Scoop, Scoop

10. Verb. Accept. "The cloth takes up the liquid"
Exact synonyms: Take In
Generic synonyms: Have, Receive
Specialized synonyms: Fuel

11. Verb. Take in, also metaphorically. "She drew strength from the minister's words"
Exact synonyms: Absorb, Draw, Imbibe, Soak Up, Sop Up, Suck, Suck Up, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Mop, Mop Up, Wipe Up, Blot, Sponge Up
Derivative terms: Absorber, Absorption, Imbiber, Suck, Sucker
Also: Draw In, Draw In, Suck In

12. Verb. Take up as if with a sponge.
Exact synonyms: Sop Up, Suck In, Take In
Generic synonyms: Consume, Have, Ingest, Take, Take In

13. Verb. Return to a previous location or condition. "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"
Exact synonyms: Resume
Generic synonyms: Change

Definition of Take up

1. Noun. (context: machinery) 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. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To pick up. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To address (an issue). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To occupy; to consume (space or time). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive sewing) To shorten by hemming. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive with on) To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) to resume ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take Up

take time by the forelock
take time off
take to
take to be
take to heart
take to one's bed
take to one's heels
take to pieces
take to task
take to the cleaners
take to the hills
take to the streets
take to the woods
take turns
take umbrage
take up (current term)
take up a collection
take up arms
take up the cudgel for
take up the gauntlet
take up with
take upon
take water
take wing
takeable
takeaway
takeaways
taked
takedaite
takedown

Literary usage of Take up

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1. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana (1897)
"I stood on the beach while the brig got under way, and watched her until she rounded the point, and then went to the hide-house to take up my quarters for a ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from ...by Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"Sinners at last take up, and settle in a contempt of all religion, ... To TAKE up with. To be contented with. This rational thought wrought so effectually, ..."

3. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana (1897)
"I stood on the beach while the brig got under way, and watched her until she rounded the point, and then went to the hide-house to take up my quarters for a ..."

4. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from ...by Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"Sinners at last take up, and settle in a contempt of all religion, ... To TAKE up with. To be contented with. This rational thought wrought so effectually, ..."

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