take up
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. pick up, lift <
took up the carpet
>
2. a. to begin to occupy (land) b. to gather from a number of sources <
took up a collection
>
3. a. to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting b. to accept or adopt as one's own <
took up the life of a farmer
>
<
took up Irish citizenship
>
c. to absorb or incorporate into itself <
plants taking up nutrients
>
4. a. to enter upon (as a business, hobby, or subject of study) <
take up skiing
>
<
took up the trumpet
>
<
had taken up Marxism
>
b. to proceed to consider or deal with <
take up one problem at a time
>
5. to establish oneself in <
took up residence in town
>
6. to occupy entirely or exclusively ; fill up <
the meeting was taken up with old business
>
7. to make tighter or shorter <
take up the slack
>
8. to respond favorably to (as a person offering a bet, challenge, or proposal) <
took me up on it
>
9. to begin again or take over from another <
we must take the good work up again
>
intransitive verb 1. to make a beginning where another has left off 2. to become shortened ; draw together ; shrink

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, / , / , / , (as a tax) / (especially where another has left off) / (with a ligature) / , , / , , / , , , , / , / (as a note), , /


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