Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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 Too much of this report is taken up with out-of-date figures.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)
What is the pronunciation of take sth up?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Filling and completing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Full and empty topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“take sth up” in English

    Definitions of “take sth up” in other dictionaries

    Word of the Day

    first:

    (a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

    Word of the Day

    Countability – grammar codes

    by Dom Glennon​​,
    November 26, 2014
    Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

    Read More 

    ped-text verb

    November 24, 2014
    to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

    Read More