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English verb: take up

1. take up (change) pursue or resume


SamplesTake up a matter for consideration.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)embark, enter

2. take up (cognition) adopt


SamplesTake up new ideas.


Synonymsfasten on, hook on, latch on, seize on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up

3. take up (social) turn one's interest to


SamplesHe took up herpetology at the age of fifty.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)turn

4. take up (stative) take up time or space


SamplesTake up the slack.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fill, occupy

5. take up (social) begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job


SamplesTake up a position.
Start a new job.


Synonymsstart


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)take office

6. take up (possession) take up and practice as one's own


Synonymsadopt, borrow, take over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)accept, have, take

7. take up (motion) occupy or take on


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsassume, strike, take


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)move


Verb groupfill, occupy, take

8. take up (contact) take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption


Synonymssorb


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Narrower (hyponym)absorb, adsorb, chemisorb


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

9. take up (contact) take out or up with or as if with a scoop


SamplesScoop the sugar out of the container.


Synonymslift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw


Narrower (hyponym)dip

10. take up (contact) accept


SamplesThe cloth takes up the liquid.


Synonymstake in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)have, receive


Narrower (hyponym)fuel

11. take up (contact) take in, also metaphorically


SamplesThe sponge absorbs water well.
She drew strength from the minister's words.


Synonymsabsorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, suck up, take in


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)blot, mop, mop up, sponge up, wipe up

12. take up (consumption) take up as if with a sponge


Synonymssop up, suck in, take in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

13. take up (change) return to a previous location or condition


SamplesThe painting resumed its old condition when we restored it.


Synonymsresume


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change









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