the act of taking up.
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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How to use take-up in a sentence
The Daily Beast: What triggered you to take up this initiative?James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video | William O’Connor | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the rule of law and political transition fail to bring about change, disenfranchised and marginalized groups take up arms.
Most court-watchers expected that the Supreme Court would take up the issue, and the Kansas litigants were among them.
As they once again invade the safety of the prison that the group calls home, Rick is forced to take up the proverbial sword.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He does take up a leadership role, but his motivations are somewhat self-centered.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is a companion who condoleth with his friend for his belly's sake, and he will take up a shield against the enemy.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
That Lawrence, whom he looked upon almost as a son, should take up arms against the South was to him a source of endless regret.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Prepare the table, behold in the watchtower them that eat and drink: arise, ye princes, take up the shield.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Certain structures take up only acid dyes, and are called acidophilic, oxyphilic, or eosinophilic.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
An English battery came thundering down the road to take up a fresh position and assist in covering the retreat.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for take up
to adopt the study, practice, or activity of: to take up gardening
Australian and NZ to occupy and break in (uncultivated land): he took up some hundreds of acres in the back country
to shorten (a garment or part of a garment): she took all her skirts up three inches
to pay off (a note, mortgage, etc)
to agree to or accept (an invitation, etc)
to pursue further or resume (something): he took up French where he left off
to absorb (a liquid)
to adopt as a protégé; act as a patron to
to occupy or fill (space or time)
to interrupt, esp in order to contradict or criticize
take up on
to argue or dispute with (someone): can I take you up on two points in your talk?
to accept what is offered by (someone): let me take you up on your invitation
take up with
to discuss with (someone); refer to: to take up a fault with the manufacturers
(intr) to begin to keep company or associate with
the claiming or acceptance of something, esp a state benefit, that is due or available
(as modifier): take-up rate
machinery the distance through which a part must move to absorb the free play in a system
(modifier) denoting the part of a mechanism on which film, tape, or wire is wound up: a take-up spool on a tape recorder
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Other Idioms and Phrases with take-up
Raise, lift, as in We have to take up the old carpet and sand the floor. [c. 1300]
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