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  Definition of take up
  1. pursue or resume; "take up a matter for consideration"
  2. return to a previous location or condition; "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"
  3. adopt; "take up new ideas"
  4. take up as if with a sponge
  5. take out or up with or as if with a scoop; "scoop the sugar out of the container"
  6. take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister''s words"
  7. take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
  8. accept; "The cloth takes up the liquid"
  9. occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
  10. take up and practice as one''s own
  11. begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
  12. turn one''s interest to; "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
  13. take up time or space; "take up the slack"
Similar Words: resume, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize on, take in, sop up, suck in, scoop, scoop out, lift out, scoop up, absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, suck up, draw, sorb, assume, take, strike, adopt, borrow, take over, start

 

See Also: attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in, suck in, aspirate

 

Hyponyms: dip, wipe up, mop up, mop, blot, sponge up, absorb, adsorb, chemisorb, fuel, take office

 

Grouped Verbs: fill, take

 

Derivational Morphology: scoop, pocket, scoop shovel, scoopful, drinker, imbiber, toper, juicer, sucking, suck, suction, chump, fool, gull, mark, patsy, fall guy, sucker, soft touch, mug, absorption, soaking up, absorber, sorption, sorbent, sorbent material, borrowing, adoption, beginning, start, commencement, first, outset, get-go, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset

 

Anagrams: uptake

 

 
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