take up

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Verb[change]

Plain form
take up

Third-person singular
takes up

Past tense
took up

Past participle
taken up

Present participle
taking up

  1. (transitive) To start doing an activity often.
    I've taken up knitting.
    I wish to take up mathematics.
  2. (transitive) To talk about a problem or issue.
    Let's take this up with the manager.
  3. (transitive) To carry or something somewhere.
    Can you take this up to the front desk?
  4. (transitive) To occupy; to fill space or time.
    The books on finance take up three shelves.
    All my time is taken up with looking after the kids.
  5. (transitive) To shorten a piece of cloth or clothing by hemming it.
    If we take up the sleeves a bit, that shirt will look much better on you.
  6. (transitive) To accept (an offer or favor).
    Should we take them up on their offer to help us move?
  7. (intransitive) To continue or resume something.
    Let's take up where we left off.