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take up

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to fill or use (space or time), sometimes in a way that is considered wasteful.
The sofa is very large and takes up a good deal of space in that living room.Making these phone calls took up most of my morning.
definition 2: to begin to engage in (a hobby, sport, or other activity).
After years of getting no exercise, he decided to take up tennis.
definition 3: to begin support of (something); join in.
After the sad incident, thousands took up the cause of making factories safer.
definition 4: to enter into a consideration and discussion of (something).
On Friday, our class will take up the question of Bach's influence on later composers.
definition 5: to make (something) shorter; raise.
The sleeves are a little too long, so I'll need to take them up.