take-up

[ teyk-uhp ]
/ ˈteɪkˌʌp /

noun

the act of taking up.
Machinery.
  1. uptake(def 3).
  2. any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to wear.
the contraction of fabric resulting from the wet operations in the finishing process, especially fulling.

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Origin of take-up

First recorded in 1815–25; noun use of verb phrase take up

Definition for take up (2 of 2)

Origin of take

before 1100; Middle English taken to take, strike, lay hold of, grasp, late Old English tacan to grasp, touch < Old Norse taka to take; cognate with Middle Dutch taken to grasp, Gothic tekan to touch

synonym study for take

1. See bring.

OTHER WORDS FROM take

tak·a·ble, take·a·ble, adjectivetak·er, nounun·tak·a·ble, adjectiveun·take·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH take

bring take (see synonym study at bring)
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British Dictionary definitions for take up (1 of 3)

take up

verb (adverb, mainly tr)

noun take-up

British Dictionary definitions for take up (2 of 3)

take1
/ (teɪk) /

verb takes, taking, took or taken (mainly tr)

noun

Derived forms of take

takable or takeable, adjective

Word Origin for take

Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; related to Gothic tekan to touch

British Dictionary definitions for take up (3 of 3)

take2
/ (ˈtɑːkɪ) /

noun

NZ a topic or cause

Word Origin for take

Māori
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Idioms and Phrases with take up (1 of 2)

take up

1

Raise, lift, as in We have to take up the old carpet and sand the floor. [c. 1300]

2

Reduce in size, shorten, tighten, as in I have to take up the hem of this coat, or You have to take up the slack in that reel or you'll never land a fish. [c. 1800]

3

Station oneself, settle in, as in We took up our positions at the front. [Mid-1500s]

4

Accept an option, bet, or challenge, as in No one wanted to take up that bet. This usage is often expanded to take someone up on, as in You're offering to clean the barn? I'll take you up on that. Take up dates from about 1700, the variant from the early 1900s.

5

Develop an interest in, begin an activity, as in Jim took up gardening. [Mid-1400s] Also see go into, def. 3.

6

Use up or occupy entirely, as in The extra duties took up most of my time, or This desk takes up too much space in the office, or How much room will your car take up? [c. 1600]

7

Begin again, resume, as in I'll take up the story where you left off. [Mid-1600s]

8

Deal with, as in Let's take up these questions one at a time. [c. 1500]

9

Absorb, as in These large trees are taking up all the water in the soil. [Late 1600s]

10

Support, adopt as a protegé, as in She's always taking up one or another young singer. [Late 1300s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with take up.

Idioms and Phrases with take up (2 of 2)

take

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