|1.||[ verb ] pursue or resume|
"take up a matter for consideration"
|2.||[ verb ] adopt, as of ideas|
|Synonyms:||fasten_on hook_on seize_on latch_on|
|3.||[ verb ] turn one's interest to|
"He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
|Related terms:||practice turn|
|4.||[ verb ] take up time or space|
"take up the slack"
|5.||[ verb ] begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job|
"Take up a position" "start a new job"
|Related terms:||take_office beginning beginning|
|6.||[ verb ] occupy or take on, as of a position or posture|
|Synonyms:||take assume strike|
"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"
|Related terms:||move fill|
|7.||[ verb ] take up and practice as one's own|
|Synonyms:||adopt borrow take_over|
|Related terms:||accept draw_on borrowing|
|8.||[ verb ] take out or up with or as if with a scoop|
|Synonyms:||scoop_up lift_out scoop_out scoop|
"scoop the sugar out of the container"
|Related terms:||remove dip scoop scoop|
|9.||[ verb ] (chemistry) take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption; in chemistry|
|Related terms:||change_state absorb adsorb chemisorb chemistry|
|10.||[ verb ] accept|
"The cloth takes up the liquid"
|Related terms:||receive fuel|
|11.||[ verb ] take up as if with a sponge|
|Synonyms:||suck_in sop_up take_in|
|12.||[ verb ] take in, also metaphorically|
|Synonyms:||absorb suck_up imbibe take_in sop_up soak_up draw suck|
"The sponge absorbs water well" "She drew strength from the minister's words"
|Related terms:||wipe_up blot sponge_up attract attract distract aspirate suck_in aspirate suck_in chump absorption sucking absorber|
|13.||[ verb ] return to a previous location or condition|
: "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"