Take-up Take"-up`, n. (Mach.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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  • take-up — ˈtake up noun [uncountable] MARKETING the rate at which people buy or accept something offered by a company, government etc: • The bank has not announced targets but it will need high take up rates to justify its investment. * * * take up UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • take up — vt 1: to pay the amount of (as a note): pay in full for 2: to proceed to deal with take up a motion Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • take up — (somewhere/something) to fill a space or a period of time. This desk takes up most of my office. Just getting there would take up too much of his time. Most of the weekend was taken up with shopping and cleaning …   New idioms dictionary

  • take up — vt to absorb or incorporate into itself <the rate at which the cells took up glucose> take up n …   Medical dictionary

  • take-up — n [U] BrE the rate at which people accept something that is offered to them ▪ Take up for college places has been slow …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • take up — [v] begin or start again adopt, assume, become involved in, carry on, commence, continue, embrace, engage in, enter, espouse, follow through, get off, go on, initiate, kick off, open, pick up, proceed, recommence, renew, reopen, restart, resume,… …   New thesaurus

  • take up — ► take up 1) become interested or engaged in (a pursuit). 2) occupy (time, space, or attention). 3) pursue (a matter) further. Main Entry: ↑take …   English terms dictionary

  • take-up — noun uncount MAINLY BRITISH the number of people who accept or buy something that is offered, for example by a government or a company …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • take up — verb 1. pursue or resume (Freq. 9) take up a matter for consideration • Hypernyms: ↑embark, ↑enter • Verb Frames: Somebody s something 2. adopt (Freq. 5) …   Useful english dictionary

  • take up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you take up an activity or a subject, you become interested in it and spend time doing it, either as a hobby or as a career. [V P n (not pron)] He did not particularly want to take up a competitive sport... [V P n (not pron)]… …   English dictionary

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