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Definition 1: pursue or resume - [verb of change]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • take up a matter for consideration

(take up is a kind of ...) set out on (an enterprise or subject of study)

"she embarked upon a new career"

Definition 2: return to a previous location or condition - [verb of change]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

Definition 3: adopt - [verb of cognition]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • take up new ideas

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

"She embraced Catholicism" "They adopted the Jewish faith"

Definition 4: take up as if with a sponge - [verb of consumption]

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) serve oneself to, or consume regularly

"Have another bowl of chicken soup!" "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

Definition 5: take out or up with or as if with a scoop - [verb of contact]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • scoop the sugar out of the container

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of take up ) scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface

"dip water out of a container"

Definition 6: accept - [verb of contact]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The cloth takes up the liquid

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) get something; come into possession of

"receive payment" "receive a gift" "receive letters from the front"

(... is a kind of take up ) take in fuel, as of a ship

"The tanker fueled in Bahrain"

Definition 7: take in, also metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The sponge absorbs water well
  • She drew strength from the minister's words

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of take up ) to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop

"Mop the hallway now" "He mopped her forehead with a towel"

(... is a kind of take up ) dry (ink) with blotting paper

(... is a kind of take up ) absorb as if with a sponge

"sponge up the spilled milk on the counter"

Definition 8: take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

(... is a kind of take up ) become imbued

"The liquids, light, and gases absorb"

(... is a kind of take up ) accumulate (liquids or gases) on the surface

(... is a kind of take up ) take up a substance by chemisorption

(take up belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 9: occupy or take on - [verb of motion]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He assumes the lotus position
  • She took her seat on the stage
  • We took our seats in the orchestra
  • She took up her position behind the tree
  • strike a pose

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(take up has a similar meaning as ...) assume, as of positions or roles

"She took the job as director of development" "he occupies the position of manager" "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"

Definition 10: take up and practice as one's own - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(take up is a kind of ...) receive willingly something given or offered

"The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter" "I won't have this dog in my house!" "Please accept my present"

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Take up a position
  • start a new job

Synonyms for take up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of take up ) assume an office, duty, or title

"When will the new President take office?"

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He took up herpetology at the age of fifty

(take up is a kind of ...) channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something

"The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction" "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"

Definition 13: take up time or space - [verb of stative]

Samples where take up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • take up the slack

(take up is a kind of ...) occupy the whole of

"The liquid fills the container"

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