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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake up
he/she/ittakes up
present participletaking up
past tensetook up
past participletaken up
  1. 1
    to start doing something regularly as a habit, job, or interest

    I took up smoking when I was in high school.

    Chris has taken up jogging.

    take up a post/position:

    The new surgeon will take up her position in May.

  2. 2
    to fill a particular amount of space or time

    These files take up a lot of disk space.

    I'll try not to take up too much of your time.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take up
  3. 3
    take up something to accept an offer or a challenge (=an offer to fight or compete) that someone has made to you

    One of our greatest athletes has taken up a new challenge.

    Schools are taking up the offer of inexpensive computers.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take up
  4. 5
    to continue to discuss or deal with an idea, problem, or suggestion

    Mrs. Pankhurst took up the cause of women's rights.

    She fell silent, and her brother took up the story.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of take up
  5. 6
    take up arms formal to start a battle using weapons

    Would you be willing to take up arms for this cause?

  6. 7
    take up residence formal to start living somewhere

    Mice have taken up residence under their floorboards.

See also main entry: take


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