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Meaning of TAKE UP

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  1. [n]  the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
  2. [n]  a device for reducing slack or taking up lost motion
  3. [v]  pursue or resume; "take up a matter for consideration"
  4. [v]  return to a previous location or condition; "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"
  5. [v]  adopt, as of ideas
  6. [v]  take up as if with a sponge
  7. [v]  take out or up with or as if with a scoop
  8. [v]  take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
  9. [v]  take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption; in chemistry
  10. [v]  accept; "The cloth takes up the liquid"
  11. [v]  occupy or take on, as of a position or posture; "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"
  12. [v]  take up and practice as one's own
  13. [v]  begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
  14. [v]  turn one's interest to; "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
  15. [v]  take up time or space; "take up the slack"
 Synonyms: absorb, adopt, assume, borrow, draw, fasten on, hook on, imbibe, latch on, lift out, resume, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, seize on, soak up, sop up, sop up, sorb, start, strike, suck, suck in, suck up, take, take in, take in, take over
 See Also: accept, adopt, adsorb, aspirate, attract, blot, change, change state, chemisorb, consume, device, draw in, embark, embrace, enter, espouse, fill, fuel, have, have, have, ingest, mop, mop up, move, occupy, pull, pull in, receive, remove, sponge up, suck in, sweep up, take, take, take, take away, take office, tightening, turn, turn, wipe up, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Take"-up`\, n. (Mach.)
That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a
sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle
rises, in completing a stitch.