take up
Noun

take up

  1. Alternative form of take-up#English|take-up
Verb

take up

  1. (transitive) To pick up.
    • 1600, The Bible (Authorised Version), Mark 2:11:
      I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
    The reel automatically took up the slack.
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
      Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking.
  2. (transitive) To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.
    I've taken up knitting.
    I wish to take up mathematics.
  3. (transitive) To address#Verb|address (an issue).
    Let's take this up with the manager.
  4. (transitive) To occupy; to consume (space or time).
    The books on finance take up three shelves.
    All my time is taken up with looking after the kids.
  5. (transitive, sewing) To shorten by hemming.
    If we take up the sleeves a bit, that shirt will look much better on you.
  6. (transitive, dated) To remove the surface or bed of a road.
    • 1876, Supreme Court of Iowa, June Term 1876 court record, “The Davenport Central Railway Co. v. The Davenport Gas Light Co., Appeal from Scott Circuit Court”, published in The American Railway Reports, Volume 14:
      It is hereby ordered, adjudged and decreed that a temporary writ of injunction issue, enjoining said defendant and all persons acting under or for it, from in any manner taking up, disturbing or interfering with the road-bed and track of said plaintiff so as to prevent the passage of cars thereon
    • 1915, Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, Fifty-One Tales:
      They had pickaxes in their hands and wore corduroy trousers and that little leather band below the knee that goes by the astonishing name of “York-to-London.” They seemed to be working with peculiar vehemence, so that I stopped and asked one what they were doing. “We are taking up Picadilly,” he said to me.
  7. (transitive, with on) To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
    Shall we take them up on their offer to help us move?
  8. (intransitive) To resume.
    let's take up where we left off
  9. To implement, to employ, to put into use.
Translations
  • Russian: поднимать
Translations
  • Spanish: iniciarse en, dedicarse a
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  • Russian: приня́ть
  • Spanish: aceptar
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