Definition of take someone up in English:

take someone up

phrasal verb

  • Adopt someone as a protégé.

    ‘Most of the people wintering in Jamaica at that time were rich, elderly Americans, and we were taken up by some of them, including Adele Astaire, the sister and one-time dancing partner of Fred.’
    ‘To the Edinburgh literati who took him up after the success of his Kilmarnock edition of 1786 he played up to the image of the ‘heaven-taught ploughman’ as created by that second-rate poetaster Henry Mackenzie.’