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any of various devices for reducing slack (as in a sewing machine) or taking up motion (as in a loom);
the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
pursue or resume;
"take up a matter for consideration"
"take up new ideas"
turn one's interest to;
take up time or space;
"take up the slack"
begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job;
take up and practice as one's own
occupy or take on;
take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption