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take sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with take   /teɪk/ (took, taken) us  

(FILL)

B2 to fill an amount of space or time: This desk takes up too much room. Too much of this report is taken up with out-of-date figures.Filling and completing

(START)

B1 to start doing a particular job or activity: He's taken up the post of supervisor. [+ -ing verb] Have you ever thought of taking up acting? Ian took up (= continued) the story where Sue had left off.Starting and beginningStarting againTaking part and getting involvedGetting involved for one's own benefit or against others' will take up office to start an official job: The minister took up office in December.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs

(DISCUSS)

to discuss something or deal with something: The school took the matter up with the police.UK I'd like to take you up on your sales figures for June. A leading law firm took up his case.Debate and discussion

(CLOTHING)

to make a piece of clothing, such as a skirt or trousers, shorterKnitting and sewing
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