Take-up meaning

tāk'ŭp'
The act of taking or tightening up.
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A device for reducing slack or taking up lost motion, as one in a loom.
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(machinery) That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
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Acceptance (of a proposal, offer, request, etc.).
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To pick up.
  • 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.

The reel automatically took up the slack.

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To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.

I've taken up knitting.

I wish to take up mathematics.

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To address (an issue).

Let's take this up with the manager.

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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.

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(sewing) To shorten by hemming.

If we take up the sleeves a bit, that shirt will look much better on you.

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(with on) To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.

Shall we take them up on their offer to help us move?

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(intransitive) To resume.

Let's take up where we left off.

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To implement, to employ, to put into use.
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The act of taking something up, by tightening, absorption, or reeling in.
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(machinery) That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine or loom for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
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