The English phrasal verb TAKE UP has the following meanings:
1. Take up = to fill or occupy time or space
(transitive) When a task or duty occupies much of your time, or when a person or item occupies space.
- Reading for my courses takes up a lot of my time.
- Much of my day is taken up by meetings at work.
- The new sofa takes up too much of my living room space.
- All my time is taken up with looking after the kids.
2. Take up = to start a new hobby
(transitive) When someone begins a new hobby to do in their leisure time. Synonyms are begin and commence.
- She has taken up knitting.
- He took up playing baseball at a young age and now plays for the Boston Red Sox.
- What new sport should I take up in my free time?
3. Take up = to make a piece of clothing shorter
(transitive) to make a piece of clothing or fabric, normally a skirt or the legs of pants, shorter.
- She asked for her skirt to be taken up above the knee.
- We had to take up the curtains so they wouldn’t drag along the ground.
- My dress is too long. I think I will take it up.
4. Take up = to resume
(transitive) to continue with something after an interruption or where someone else finished.
- Now, we will take up where we left on page 89.
- The sequel takes up where the first movie finished.
5. Take up = to address an issue
(transitive) to speak to someone about something to see if they can help with that situation.
- I would like to take this up with the manager.
- We should take this matter up with the city council.
6. Take (somebody) up on something = to accept
(transitive) to accept an invitation, a challenge, an offer or a bet.
- I’ll take you up on your offer to help me tomorrow.
- You think you can beat me in a race? I’ll take you up on that challenge.
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