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English definition of “take sth up”

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 Too much of this report is taken up with out-of-date figures.

(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. take up office to start an official job: The minister took up office in December.

(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.

(CLOTHING)

to make a piece of clothing, such as a skirt or trousers, shorter
(Definition of take sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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