1take something up, take up somethingBecome interested or engaged in a pursuit.
become involved in, become interested in, engage in, participate in, take part in, practise, follow
- ‘she took up tennis at the age of 11’
- 1.1Begin to hold or fulfill a position or post.
- ‘he left to take up an appointment as a missionary’
- 1.2Accept an offer or challenge.
accept, take up, take on, undertakeaccept, say yes to, agree to, accede to, adopt, get, gain
- ‘most residents took up the offer of refurbished equipment’
2take something up, take up somethingOccupy time, space, or attention.
consume, fill, absorb, use, use up, occupy
- ‘I don't want to take up any more of your time’
3take something up, take up somethingPursue a matter later or further.
- ‘he'll have to take it up with the bishop’
- 3.1also take something up, take up somethingResume speaking after an interruption.
resume, recommence, restart, begin again, carry on, continue, carry on with, pick up, return to
- ‘I took up where I had left off’
4take something up, take up somethingShorten a garment by turning up the hem.
shorten, make shorter, turn up
- ‘when I got home my grandmother took up the skirt’
5take someone up, take up someoneAdopt someone as a student or trainee.
- ‘he took him up as his assistant’