To take up
Take Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh, but is overcome . . . before it work any manifest effect. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To please; to gain reception; to succeed. [1913 Webster]

Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake, And hint he writ it, if the thing should take. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; -- usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge. [1913 Webster]

4. To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well. [1913 Webster]

{To take after}. (a) To learn to follow; to copy; to imitate; as, he takes after a good pattern. (b) To resemble; as, the son takes after his father.

{To take in with}, to resort to. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{To take on}, to be violently affected; to express grief or pain in a violent manner.

{To take to}. (a) To apply one's self to; to be fond of; to become attached to; as, to take to evil practices. ``If he does but take to you, . . . you will contract a great friendship with him.'' --Walpole. (b) To resort to; to betake one's self to. ``Men of learning, who take to business, discharge it generally with greater honesty than men of the world.'' --Addison.

{To take up}. (a) To stop. [Obs.] ``Sinners at last take up and settle in a contempt of religion.'' --Tillotson. (b) To reform. [Obs.] --Locke.

{To take up with}. (a) To be contended to receive; to receive without opposition; to put up with; as, to take up with plain fare. ``In affairs which may have an extensive influence on our future happiness, we should not take up with probabilities.'' --I. Watts. (b) To lodge with; to dwell with. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

{To take with}, to please. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


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  • To take up — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up arms — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up the gauntlet — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up with — Take Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. Shak. [1913 Webster] When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up the cross — Cross Cross (kr[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. crois, croys, cros; the former fr. OF. crois, croiz, F. croix, fr. L. crux; the second is perh. directly fr. Prov. cros, crotz. fr. the same L. crux; cf. Icel. kross. Cf. {Crucial}, {Crusade}, {Cruise},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up cudgels for — Cudgel Cudg el (k?j ?l), n. [OE. kuggel; cf. G. keule club (with a round end), kugel ball, or perh. W. cogyl cudgel, or D. cudse, kuds, cudgel.] A staff used in cudgel play, shorter than the quarterstaff, and wielded with one hand; hence, any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up the gauntlet — Gauntlet Gaunt let, n. [F. gantelet, dim. of gant glove, LL. wantus, of Teutonic origin; cf. D. want, Sw. & Dan. vante, Icel. v[ o]ttr, for vantr.] 1. A glove of such material that it defends the hand from wounds. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up the glove — Glove Glove (gl[u^]v), n. [OE. glove, glofe, AS. gl[=o]f; akin to Icel. gl[=o]fi, cf. Goth. l[=o]fa palm of the hand, Icel. l[=o]fi.] [1913 Webster] 1. A cover for the hand, or for the hand and wrist, with a separate sheath for each finger. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take up the hatchet — Hatchet Hatch et ( [e^]t), n. [F. hachette, dim. of hache ax. See 1st {Hatch}, {Hash}.] 1. A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, a tomahawk. [1913 Webster] Buried was the bloody hatchet.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To catch up — Catch Catch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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