to continue, especially starting after somebody/something else has finished The band's new album takes up where their last one left off.
to fill or use an amount of space or time The table takes up too much room. I won't take up any more of your time. Her time is fully taken up with writing.
- 1 to make something such as a piece of clothing shorter This skirt needs taking up. opposite let somethingdown
- 2 to learn or start to do something, especially for pleasure They've taken up golf. She has taken up (= started to learn to play) the oboe.
- 3 to start or begin something such as a job He takes up his duties next week.
- 4 to join in singing or saying something to take up the chorus Their protests were later taken up by other groups.
- 5 to continue something that somebody else has not finished, or that has not been mentioned for some time She took up the story where Tim had left off. I'd like to take up the point you raised earlier.
- 6 to move into a particular position I took up my position by the door.
- 7 to accept something that is offered or available to take up a challenge She took up his offer of a drink.