take up

Primary Meanings of take up

1.
v
turn one's interest to
2.
v
take up time or space
3.
v
take out or up with or as if with a scoop
Full Definitions of take up
1

v turn one's interest to

“He took up herpetology at the age of fifty”
Type of:
turn
channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something

v pursue or resume

take up a matter for consideration”
Type of:
embark, enter
set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

v return to a previous location or condition

Synonyms:
resume
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v adopt

take up new ideas”
Synonyms:
fasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on
Type of:
adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up
take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

v take up and practice as one's own

Synonyms:
adopt, borrow, take over
Type of:
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered

v begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job

Take up a position”
Synonyms:
start
Types:
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
2

v take up time or space

take up the slack”
Type of:
fill, occupy
occupy the whole of

v occupy or take on

Synonyms:
assume, strike, take
fill, occupy, take
assume, as of positions or roles
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
3

v take out or up with or as if with a scoop

Synonyms:
lift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up
Types:
dip
scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v accept

“The cloth takes up the liquid”
Synonyms:
take in
Types:
fuel
take in fuel, as of a ship
refuel
take on more fuel, as of a plane, ship, or car
Type of:
have, receive
get something; come into possession of

v take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption

Synonyms:
sorb
Types:
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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
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v take up as if with a sponge

Synonyms:
sop up, suck in, take in
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

v 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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