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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake up with
he/she/ittakes up with
present participletaking up with
past tensetook up with
past participletaken up with
  1. 1
    [transitive] take up with someone informal to become friendly with someone, especially someone who could have a bad influence on you

    I don’t want you to take up with the wrong crowd.

  2. 2
    be taken up with something to be busy doing, discussing, or thinking about something

    The whole meeting was taken up with arguing about the budget.

    She was completely taken up with her own worries.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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