Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAKES UP

A smile lights the dear, aged face, and again Grandma takes up her story.

But Khalid now takes up the newspapers and scans the Want Columns for hours.

And laying down the magazine, he takes up her hand and presses it to his lips.

In proportion to the energy of his thought and will, he takes up the world into himself.

It's then we takes up the business of havin' that cel'bration.

After a moment, he returns to the table, and takes up the notes of the speech.

Without looking at him she takes up her hat, and puts it on.

This has greatly saddened me and takes up the whole of my thoughts.

The moment I quit my post I drop out and he takes up the reins.

The position which he takes up is a kind of modified rationalism.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "that which is taken in payment," from take (v.). Sense of "money taken in" by a single performance, etc., is from 1931. Movie-making sense is recorded from 1927. Criminal sense of "money acquired by theft" is from 1888. The verb sense of "to cheat, defraud" is from 1920. On the take "amenable to bribery" is from 1930.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.