take up


  1. That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
  2. Acceptance (of a proposal, offer, request, etc.).


take up

  1. To pick up.
    The reel automatically took up the slack.
  2. To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.
    I've taken up knitting.
    I wish to take up mathematics.
  3. To address (an issue).
    Let's take this up with the manager.
  4. To occupy; to consume (space or time).
    The books on finance take up three shelves.
    All my time is taken up with looking after the kids.
  5. To shorten by hemming.
    If we take up the sleeves a bit, that shirt will look much better on you.
  6. To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
    Shall we take them up on their offer to help us move?
  7. to resume
    let's take up where we left off
  8. To implement, to employ, to put into use.

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