Take up

1. To take up something (or take something up) is to start doing a particular, activity, job or hobby etc.

Examples of use:

a) My grandmother has taken up knitting.

b) I’ve recently taken up photography.

c) You’re good at writing stories. Why don’t you take it up as a career?

d) He took up bird watching when he was a boy.

2. To take up something (or take something up) is to shorten a piece of clothing, such as a dress or trousers.

Examples of use:

a) My new trousers are too long, I need to take them up.

b) My wedding dress had to be taken up 10cm.

3. To take somebody up on something is to accept the offer they have made.

Examples of use:

a) Edward has offered to lend her the money for her studies, and she has taken him up on his offer.

b) Why don’t you take me up on my offer to help?

c) My brother and his wife have invited me to stay at their home in America, but I haven’t taken them up on their offer yet.

4. To be taken up with something is to be very busy doing something.

Always passive.

Examples of use:

a) We invited Sarah to our party but all her time is taken up with looking after her new baby.

b) He is so taken up with his work that he doesn’t have time for a holiday.

infinitive
take up
present simple
take up and takes up
-ing form
taking up
past simple
took up
past participle
taken up

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