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He came up to her, more gently now, and took up her hand to kiss it.

She took up a little package she had brought with her and went out to meet him.

Banstead lingered by the threshold and took up an illustrated paper.

Viviette, with a gay laugh, took up her position on the spot to which he pointed.

He went to the desk where the telephone was, and took up the receiver.

And then, with death in her eyes, she took up her position beside her mother.

He cleared the room, and took up his vigil outside the door.

He could do no more—yes, he took up a brush and added the title: "The Last Stand."

She took up her usual routine of daily work, and did not appear to suffer.

He stooped, thinking he had caught it, but took up only a handful of soapy foam.

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.