Definitions of take up:
  • verb:   turn one's interest to
  • verb:   take up time or space
    Example: "Take up the slack"
  • verb:   pursue or resume
    Example: "Take up a matter for consideration"
  • verb:   adopt
    Example: "Take up new ideas"
  • verb:   begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
    Example: "Take up a position"
  • verb:   return to a previous location or condition
  • verb:   take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
  • verb:   accept
  • verb:   take up and practice as one's own
  • verb:   take up as if with a sponge
  • verb:   occupy or take on
  • verb:   take out or up with or as if with a scoop
  • verb:   take in, also metaphorically

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