take up

Definitions

  • LITTLE BILLIE TAKING UP THE COLLECTION
    LITTLE BILLIE TAKING UP THE COLLECTION
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take up pursue or resume "take up a matter for consideration"
    • v take up return to a previous location or condition "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"
    • v take up adopt "take up new ideas"
    • v take up take up as if with a sponge
    • v take up take out or up with or as if with a scoop "scoop the sugar out of the container"
    • v take up take in, also metaphorically "The sponge absorbs water well","She drew strength from the minister's words"
    • v take up take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
    • v take up accept "The cloth takes up the liquid"
    • v take up 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"
    • v take up take up and practice as one's own
    • v take up begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job "Take up a position","start a new job"
    • v take up turn one's interest to "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
    • v take up take up time or space "take up the slack"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats
    • Take up to lift, to raise:
    • Take up (Shak.) to borrow money, to buy on credit, to make up a quarrel: to employ, occupy or fill: to arrest: to comprise
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Quotations

  • Robert Orpen
    Robert Orpen
    “These are the days when it takes all you've got just to keep up with the losers.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”
  • Judith Rossner
    Judith Rossner
    “It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “How many fools does it take to make up a public?”
  • Lord Byron
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    “So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice.”
  • Laurence Sterne
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    “People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.”

Idioms

Take it up a notch - If you take it up a notch, you increase the effort or intensity exerted in a situation
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Take up the torch - If you take up the torch, you take on a challenge or responsibility, usually when someone else retires, or leaves an organisation, etc.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.

Usage

In literature:

What centuries Ned appears to be taking in strolling up to the wickets!
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
Tomorrow I will take up a good supply of firewood.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
But by degrees I reached up and up where I could not take the basket, and thrust the apples into my breast and pockets.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn
She's going to run in under the cliffs where there's no wind, and of course it's to take up her lobster-pots.
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
John was the first to take up a load and proceed with it down to the canoe.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Lieutenant Spinks had several friends in the camp, with one of whom he intended to take up his quarters.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
We then, taking up Alick, commenced our journey to the log hut.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
He then directed each man to take up his package, gave the word to march, and we set off.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
You'd take and tuck it up behind on some little hook or something they had to fasten it up to.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Taking up and cleansing Carpets.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
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In poetry:

"But ye take up that bugle-horn,
An blaw a blast for me;
I ha a brother i the kingis court
Will come me quickly ti."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
"But I winna gi'e up my house, my dear,
To nae sic traitor as he;
Come weal, come woe, my jewels fair,
Ye maun take share with me."
"Edom O' Gordon" by Andrew Lang
"Gae hame, gae hame, my brother John,
And tell your sister sorrow;
Your mother to come take up her son,
Aff o' the braes o' Yarrow."
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley
A moment, then, it takes the power,
To call up thoughts that throw
Around that charmed and hallowed hour,
This life's divinest glow.
"Winter Stores" by Charlotte Bronte
And taking up a lute straitwaye,
Upon the same I strove to play;
And sweetly to the same did sing,
As made both hall and chamber ring.
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British
"I'll read your dream, sister," he says,
"I'll read it into sorrow;
Ye're bidden gae take up your love,
He's sleeping sound on Yarrow."
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley

In news:

WASHINGTON — For the second time in 10 days, the Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to take up a jobs bill championed by President Obama.
Figured others can grow it better than me so why take up the space.
Fewer roots mean plants have reduced ability to take up water when they need it.
There are plenty of tags leftover and you can take up to 2 does each included in the price of $2000.00 per hunter.
Doctors in Jimani have told Schneily's parents it could take up to three months to acquire a prosthetic leg for the boy.
David Gergen, onetime adviser to presidents and now a CNN political analyst, should take up baseball.
The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions.
City Takes Up Zoning Changes to Erase Downtown Brooklyn's Glut of Parking Spots.
(IWA), is taking up a new strategic role within the organization to accelerate the development and implementation of its priorities.
I'm wondering why my cat might take up residence in the litterbox for short periods of time.
The Supreme Court will take up the issue this term of the funeral protests of the nuts from the Westward Baptist Church.
Hancock and Romer Take Up Immigration and Denver's Budget Issues.
Doctor's own tumor led him to take up scalpel .
You'll never guess who decided to take up arms and join the civil war between consumers and their credit cards currently brewing on American soil.
A rendering of the space the proposed cable park would take up in the Nichols boat basin.
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In science:

In the definition of L(M , N ) in (7.1), we could take different admissible up/right paths.
Riemann-Hilbert problems for last passage percolation
We have an obvious map Xσ,y −→ C which takes g to the image of Ad(g−1 )y under C + UP −→ C , a + b 7→ a.
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
We have an obvious map Yξ −→ C which takes g to the image of Ad(g−1 )y under C + t + UP −→ C , a + b + c 7→ a.
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
We have an obvious map π : Uf −→ X(J ) which takes g to the image of g−1f g under X(J )UP −→ X(J ) , ab 7→ a.
Classification of unipotent representations of simple p-adic groups,II
Taking constant ν0 6= 0 from (10.1), we can expand it up to a smooth nonzero function ν = ν (p) on hypersurface σ (or at least in some neighborhood of marked point p0 on σ).
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
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