1. [ verb ] pursue or resume

"take up a matter for consideration"

Related terms: embark
2. [ verb ] adopt, as of ideas
Synonyms: fasten_on hook_on seize_on latch_on
Related terms: espouse
3. [ verb ] turn one's interest to
Synonyms: turn_to

"He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"

Related terms: practice turn
4. [ verb ] take up time or space

"take up the slack"

Related terms: occupy
5. [ verb ] begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
Synonyms: start

"Take up a position" "start a new job"

Related terms: take_office beginning beginning
6. [ verb ] occupy or take on, as of a position or posture
Synonyms: take assume strike

"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"

Related terms: move fill
7. [ verb ] take up and practice as one's own
Synonyms: adopt borrow take_over
Related terms: accept draw_on borrowing
8. [ verb ] take out or up with or as if with a scoop
Synonyms: scoop_up lift_out scoop_out scoop

"scoop the sugar out of the container"

Related terms: remove dip scoop scoop
9. [ verb ] (chemistry) take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption; in chemistry
Synonyms: sorb
Related terms: change_state absorb adsorb chemisorb chemistry
10. [ verb ] accept
Synonyms: take_in

"The cloth takes up the liquid"

Related terms: receive fuel
11. [ verb ] take up as if with a sponge
Synonyms: suck_in sop_up take_in
Related terms: consume
12. [ verb ] take in, also metaphorically
Synonyms: absorb suck_up imbibe take_in sop_up soak_up draw suck

"The sponge absorbs water well" "She drew strength from the minister's words"

Related terms: wipe_up blot sponge_up attract attract distract aspirate suck_in aspirate suck_in chump absorption sucking absorber
13. [ verb ] return to a previous location or condition
Synonyms: resume

: "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"

Related terms: change
Similar spelling:   take-up