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Noun

Singular
take up

Plural
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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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Verb

to take up

  1. (transitive) to begin doing an activity on a regular basis
    I've taken up knitting.
    I wish to take up mathematics.
  2. (transitive) to address an issue
    Let's take this up with the manager.
  3. (transitive) to carry or transport something somewhere
    Can you take this up to the front desk?
  4. (transitive) 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.
  5. (transitive) To remove from being attached to a floor.
    Take up the carpet and haul it away.
  6. (transitive) to shorten by hemming
    If we take up the sleeves a bit, that shirt will look much better on you.
  7. (transitive) to accept (an offer or favor). Usage :take somebody up.
    Shall we take them up on their offer to help us move?
  8. (intransitive) to resume
    let's take up where we left off

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