- The act of taking or tightening up.
- A device for reducing slack or taking up lost motion, as one in a loom.
- To pick up.
- The reel automatically took up the slack.
- 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Alice took up the fan and gloves, and, as the hall was very hot, she kept fanning herself all the time she went on talking.
- To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.
- I've taken up knitting.
- I wish to take up mathematics.
- To address (an issue).
- Let's take this up with the manager.
- To occupy; to consume (space or time).
- The books on finance take up three shelves.
- All my time is taken up with looking after the kids.
- (sewing) To shorten by hemming.
- If we take up the sleeves a bit, that shirt will look much better on you.
- (with on) To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
- Shall we take them up on their offer to help us move?
- (intransitive) to resume
- let's take up where we left off
- To implement, to employ, to put into use.