occupy or take on; "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"
If something takes up a particular amount of time, space, or effort, it uses that amount. I know how busy you must be and naturally I wouldn't want to take up too much of your time A good deal of my time is taken up with reading critical essays and reviews The aim was not to take up valuable time with the usual boring pictures
If you take up an activity or a subject, you become interested in it and spend time doing it, either as a hobby or as a career. He did not particularly want to take up a competitive sport Angela used to be a model and has decided to take it up again
If you take up something such as a task or a story, you begin doing it after it has been interrupted or after someone else has begun it. Gerry's wife Jo takes up the story `No, no, no,' says Damon, taking up where Dave left off. see also take-up
take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
If you take up a question, problem, or cause, you act on it or discuss how you are going to act on it. Most scientists who can present evidence of an environmental threat can reasonably assume that a pressure group will take up the issue Dr Mahathir intends to take up the proposal with the prime minister If the bank is unhelpful take it up with the Ombudsman
If you take up an offer or a challenge, you accept it. Increasingly, more wine-makers are taking up the challenge of growing Pinot Noir
begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
If you take up a particular position, you get into a particular place in relation to something else. He had taken up a position in the centre of the room
If you take up a job, you begin to work at it. He will take up his post as the head of the civil courts at the end of next month
Take-up is the rate at which people apply for or buy something which is offered, for example financial help from the government or shares in a company. a major campaign to increase the take-up of welfare benefits. the rate at which people accept something that is offered to them
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