Synonyms of take up


1. take-up, device

usage: any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom); "a take-up that winds photographic film on a spool"

2. take-up, tightening

usage: the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in


1. take up, embark, enter

usage: pursue or resume; "take up a matter for consideration"

2. take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize on, espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up

usage: adopt; "take up new ideas"

3. take up, turn

usage: turn one's interest to; "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"

4. take up, occupy, fill

usage: take up time or space; "take up the slack"

5. start, take up

usage: begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"

6. adopt, borrow, take over, take up, accept, take, have

usage: take up and practice as one's own

7. assume, take, strike, take up, move

usage: 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"

8. sorb, take up, change state, turn

usage: take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption

9. scoop, scoop out, lift out, scoop up, take up, remove, take, take away, withdraw

usage: take out or up with or as if with a scoop; "scoop the sugar out of the container"

10. take in, take up, receive, have

usage: accept; "The cloth takes up the liquid"

11. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up

usage: take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

12. take in, sop up, suck in, take up, consume, ingest, take in, take, have

usage: take up as if with a sponge

13. resume, take up, change

usage: return to a previous location or condition; "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"

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