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English definition of “take sth up”

take sth up

phrasal verb with take     /teɪk/ verb [T] (past tense took, past participle taken)
ACTIVITY B1 to start doing a particular job or activity : I thought I might take up cycling .Starting and beginningStarting againTaking part and getting involvedGetting involved for one's own benefit or against others' will
TIME/SPACE B2 to use an amount of time or space : This desk takes up too much space .Filling and completing
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