take up


  • any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom);
  • the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
  • pursue or resume;
    • "take up a matter for consideration"
  • adopt;
    • "take up new ideas"
  • turn one's interest to;
  • take up time or space;
    • "take up the slack"
  • begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job;
  • take up and practice as one's own
  • occupy or take on;
  • take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
  • take out or up with or as if with a scoop;
  • accept;
  • take in, also metaphorically;
  • take up as if with a sponge
  • return to a previous location or condition;