Definition of take something up in English:

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take something up

1Become interested or engaged in a pursuit: she took up tennis at the age of 11
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  • Watching opera on television and attending live opera performances got her interested in taking it up as a career.
  • Mostly good weather favoured the event for the three weeks when outdoor pursuits could be taken up.
  • Mr Frost contacted Counsel and Care after reading about its national campaign to encourage older people to continue their artistic pursuits, or take them up for the first time.
become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow;
begin, start
formal commence
1.1Begin to hold or fulfil a position or post: he left to take up an appointment as a missionary
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  • Part of the problem, Mr Adams said, was that there was no traffic warden patrolling for more than a year before he took the post up in July.
  • The Authors took their positions up around the Square, pages fluttering rapidly in their shivering hands.
  • The real Charlie takes his position up behind Forrest and allows him to fire, thoroughly destroying his copies and leaving rather nasty looking impact marks in the arena.
1.2Accept an offer or challenge.
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  • So many couples took the city up on its surprise offer that, by late afternoon, overwhelmed officials told new applicants to return yesterday.
  • Nine or 10 of the lads, myself included, took the manager up on his kind offer.
  • I took the train up in the morning, spent three hours or so doing the usual rounds of presentation and schmoozing, and then I thought I would take my host up on her offer to see the sights.
accept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain
2Occupy time, space, or attention: I don’t want to take up any more of your time
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  • The rest of that building will be taken up with some retail space, a small number of offices, possibly a hotel, and conference facilities.
  • Phil Burgess, group main board director of Emerson, Orbit's parent company, told the committee that only four per cent of the floor space would be taken up with the goods restricted by the covenant.
  • But many who currently sit in the Main Stand are angry that similar seats will not be available at the new stadium, because the space is taken up with expensive executive seats.
3Pursue a matter later or further: he’ll have to take it up with the bishop
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  • If the matter is not resolved locally, the associations could take it up with Garda Headquarters.
  • You will be starting a bit earlier today, if that is a problem, take it up with Master Shay.
  • This is a matter for us to consider and we will take it up with the principals concerned.
3.1 (also take up) Resume speaking after an interruption: I took up where I had left off
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  • He simply took up where he'd left off before I had so rudely interrupted him.
resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to
4Shorten a garment by turning up the hem.
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  • I'm looking to take them up, in and shorten the sleeves.
shorten, make shorter, turn up;
raise, lift, make higher
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