Definition of take something up in US English:

take something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Become interested or engaged in a pursuit.

    ‘she took up tennis at the age of 11’
    • ‘Those interested in keeping fit and those who plan to take it up as a career can join the classes for a fee of Rs.1,750.’
    • ‘‘Those interested in taking up careers in flying can take this hobby up,’ he said.’
    • ‘Mr Frost contacted Counsel and Care after reading about its national campaign to encourage older people to continue their artistic pursuits, or take them up for the first time.’
    • ‘He exerted great influence on a number of other mathematicians who joined him at Kiev, and his interests were taken up by others there, particularly Bukreev.’
    • ‘I don't have a single friend who's not interested in listening to music or taking it up himself.’
    • ‘Her father had agreed to take him on as a student so he could learn more about jazz music, since he had just begun taking it up.’
    • ‘Extended versions of the course are also on offer for anybody taking it up as a full-time career like Jennifer Lopez in the hit film The Wedding Planner.’
    • ‘Watching opera on television and attending live opera performances got her interested in taking it up as a career.’
    • ‘Mostly good weather favoured the event for the three weeks when outdoor pursuits could be taken up.’
    • ‘She told me last week she once did kick-boxing and was interested in taking it up again when she moves to Sheffield!’
    become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow
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    1. 1.1 Begin to hold or fulfill a position or post.
      ‘he left to take up an appointment as a missionary’
      • ‘But its reasoning in paragraph 13 shows that it was only addressing its mind to the different argument that, had another job been offered, her illness would have prevented her taking it up and continuing in it.’
      • ‘The Authors took their positions up around the Square, pages fluttering rapidly in their shivering hands.’
      • ‘The real Charlie takes his position up behind Forrest and allows him to fire, thoroughly destroying his copies and leaving rather nasty looking impact marks in the arena.’
      • ‘If the agreement held, the positions in the new government would be taken up and elections held within a year.’
      • ‘While he was there he received an offer of a Chair of Mathematics at the University of Poznan, and was awaiting approval of the post by the Ministry of Education so that he could take it up at the beginning of the 1939-40 academic year.’
      • ‘Then Wiun takes his post up on the arena's catwalk, amidst the media, the announcers, disc jockey, and many other members of the crew.’
      • ‘Part of the problem, Mr Adams said, was that there was no traffic warden patrolling for more than a year before he took the post up in July.’
      • ‘Initially,he had applied for an advertised job of book-keeper at the RAOB, also know as the Buffs Club, but could not take it up.’
      • ‘He was offered appointments but did not take them up.’
      • ‘A keen artist, Carli, who went to Huby primary school and Easingwold School, had been offered a place at York College, but couldn't take it up because she had a relapse of her ME.’
    2. 1.2 Accept an offer or challenge.
      • ‘Should he take the governor up on what is apparently a serious suggestion that the two of them debate?’
      • ‘Nine or 10 of the lads, myself included, took the manager up on his kind offer.’
      • ‘Indeed, I suggest that if the Government offered Ngati Tuwharetoa who are living in the Bay of Plenty now an opportunity to exchange their position for what they had then, very few would take it up.’
      • ‘There is of course no end of endless hand-wringing of the pay-the-piper/call-the-tune variety when public officials take private interests up on their hospitality.’
      • ‘I took the train up in the morning, spent three hours or so doing the usual rounds of presentation and schmoozing, and then I thought I would take my host up on her offer to see the sights.’
      • ‘He says he was offered oil, but did not take it up and repeatedly told them he was not interested.’
      • ‘It is in all our interests that his invitation is taken up.’
      • ‘So many couples took the city up on its surprise offer that, by late afternoon, overwhelmed officials told new applicants to return yesterday.’
      • ‘The right of selection by aptitude is open to specialist arts, sports, music, modern language and technology schools, although in practice not all take it up.’
      • ‘I believe it is harder, in this culture at this time, to write well about characters who do good, and so I believe that is a challenge thrown down before a writer, and I try to take that challenge up in my own way.’
      accept, take up, take on, undertake
      accept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain
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  • 2Occupy time, space, or attention.

    ‘I don't want to take up any more of your time’
    • ‘The remainder of the album is taken up by particularly appropriate couplings.’
    • ‘Phil Burgess, group main board director of Emerson, Orbit's parent company, told the committee that only four per cent of the floor space would be taken up with the goods restricted by the covenant.’
    • ‘The rest of that building will be taken up with some retail space, a small number of offices, possibly a hotel, and conference facilities.’
    • ‘It is clear from the wording of s. 84 that the list of matters that may be relevant is not intended to be exhaustive, and it is in the discussion of the nature of the public interest that much of the investigative time is taken up.’
    • ‘The other hundred pages are taken up by an afterword by Executive Producer Robbie Stamp offering an useful insights into the script development.’
    • ‘Zhechev's first day in the post was taken up with appointing referees for the matches in the eighth round of the championship.’
    • ‘If you divide the number of lines, 30,000, by the number of working days, you get about twelve lines to be learnt each day, though much time is taken up for practising and rehearsing what has been learnt before.’
    • ‘Most of the afternoon was taken up in Oxford, where I had a hair appointment.’
    • ‘But many who currently sit in the Main Stand are angry that similar seats will not be available at the new stadium, because the space is taken up with expensive executive seats.’
    • ‘Vincent is a grower and contractor and at this time of the year in particular his time is taken up completely in the harvesting of beet.’
    consume, fill, absorb, use, use up, occupy
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  • 3Pursue a matter later or further.

    ‘he'll have to take it up with the bishop’
    • ‘I am going to take it up with Roundway parish council and I know that other players are going to complain to their councillors.’
    • ‘I'll be interested to see if other papers take it up, because that column goes out with the Wrap, which is now a subscription-only service.’
    • ‘‘I'd be very interested in taking it up and I'd like to invite representatives from this firm to come along and talk at our Parochial Church Council meeting about it,’ said Captain Wheatley.’
    • ‘If any members of the health board or the health board itself want to take it up with me, I will meet them anywhere, any place.’
    • ‘This is a matter for us to consider and we will take it up with the principals concerned.’
    • ‘I'll take it up with you over a cocktail tonight if you're downtown.’
    • ‘If you wish to change legislation, why don't you take it up with the relevant authority?’
    • ‘If the matter is not resolved locally, the associations could take it up with Garda Headquarters.’
    • ‘I decided not to take it up - too soon and no need - but it's an interesting idea.’
    • ‘You will be starting a bit earlier today, if that is a problem, take it up with Master Shay.’
    1. 3.1also take up Resume speaking after an interruption.
      ‘I took up where I had left off’
      • ‘He simply took up where he'd left off before I had so rudely interrupted him.’
      resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to
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  • 4Shorten a garment by turning up the hem.

    • ‘I'm looking to take them up, in and shorten the sleeves.’
    shorten, make shorter, turn up
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