take up

Definitions of take up
  1. verb
    turn one's interest to
    “He took up herpetology at the age of fifty”
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    turn
    channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something
  2. verb
    pursue or resume
    take up a matter for consideration”
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    embark, enter
    set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)
  3. verb
    return to a previous location or condition
    synonyms: resume
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. verb
    adopt
    take up new ideas”
    synonyms: fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on
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    type of:
    adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up
    take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
  5. verb
    take up and practice as one's own
    synonyms: adopt, borrow, take over
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    accept, have, take
    receive willingly something given or offered
  6. verb
    begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job
    Take up a position”
    synonyms: start
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    take office
    assume an office, duty, or title
    accede, enter
    take on duties or office
    adopt, assume, take on, take over
    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  7. verb
    take up time or space
    take up the slack”
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    fill, occupy
    occupy the whole of
  8. verb
    occupy or take on
    synonyms: assume, strike, take
    fill, occupy, take
    assume, as of positions or roles
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  9. verb
    take out or up with or as if with a scoop
    synonyms: lift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up
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    dip
    scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  10. verb
    accept
    “The cloth takes up the liquid”
    synonyms: take in
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    fuel
    take in fuel, as of a ship
    refuel
    take on more fuel, as of a plane, ship, or car
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    have, receive
    get something; come into possession of
  11. verb
    take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
    synonyms: sorb
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    absorb
    become imbued
    adsorb
    accumulate (liquids or gases) on the surface
    chemisorb
    take up a substance by chemisorption
    reabsorb, resorb
    undergo resorption
    assimilate, imbibe
    take (gas, light or heat) into a solution
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    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  12. verb
    take up as if with a sponge
    synonyms: sop up, suck in, take in
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    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  13. verb
    take in, also metaphorically
    synonyms: absorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in
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    mop, mop up, wipe up
    to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop
    blot
    dry (ink) with blotting paper
    sponge up
    absorb as if with a sponge
    swab, swob
    wash with a swab or a mop
    sponge
    soak up with a sponge
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