Definition of taker-up in English:

taker-up

noun

  • 1rare A person who takes another into his or her protection or patronage; a patron, a guardian. Frequently with reference to God or Christ.

  • 2A member of a gang of swindlers, whose role is to feign friendship with the victim. historical in later use.

  • 3A person who or thing which takes something or someone up.

  • 4North American historical, rare (US in later use). A person who takes possession of unoccupied land.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Primer. From taker + up, after to take up.

Pronunciation

taker-up

/ˌteɪkə(r)ˈʌp/