To take up


To take up
Take Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

In impressions from mind to mind, the impression taketh, but is overcome . . . before it work any manifest effect. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To please; to gain reception; to succeed. [1913 Webster]

Each wit may praise it for his own dear sake, And hint he writ it, if the thing should take. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To move or direct the course; to resort; to betake one's self; to proceed; to go; -- usually with to; as, the fox, being hard pressed, took to the hedge. [1913 Webster]

4. To admit of being pictured, as in a photograph; as, his face does not take well. [1913 Webster]

{To take after}. (a) To learn to follow; to copy; to imitate; as, he takes after a good pattern. (b) To resemble; as, the son takes after his father.

{To take in with}, to resort to. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{To take on}, to be violently affected; to express grief or pain in a violent manner.

{To take to}. (a) To apply one's self to; to be fond of; to become attached to; as, to take to evil practices. ``If he does but take to you, . . . you will contract a great friendship with him.'' --Walpole. (b) To resort to; to betake one's self to. ``Men of learning, who take to business, discharge it generally with greater honesty than men of the world.'' --Addison.

{To take up}. (a) To stop. [Obs.] ``Sinners at last take up and settle in a contempt of religion.'' --Tillotson. (b) To reform. [Obs.] --Locke.

{To take up with}. (a) To be contended to receive; to receive without opposition; to put up with; as, to take up with plain fare. ``In affairs which may have an extensive influence on our future happiness, we should not take up with probabilities.'' --I. Watts. (b) To lodge with; to dwell with. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

{To take with}, to please. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Take — Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take — [tāk] vt. took, taken, taking [ME taken < OE tacan < ON taka < ? IE base * dēg , to lay hold of] I to get possession of by force or skill; seize, grasp, catch, capture, win, etc. 1. to get by conquering; capture; seize 2. to trap, snare …   English World dictionary

  • Take Ionescu — Prime Minister of Romania In office December 18, 1921 – January 19, 1922 Monarch Ferdinand I of Romania Preceded by …   Wikipedia

  • Take a Bow (canción de Rihanna) — «Take A Bow» 200px Sencillo de Rihanna del álbum Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded Publicación 15 de abril de 2008 Formato sencillo en CD, descarga digital Grabación 2008 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Take It Off — Single par Ke$ha extrait de l’album Animal Sortie 13 juillet 2010 Enregistrement 2009 Conway Recording Studios (Los Angeles, Californie) Durée …   Wikipédia en Français

  • take — ► VERB (past took; past part. taken) 1) lay hold of with one s hands; reach for and hold. 2) occupy (a place or position). 3) capture or gain possession of by force. 4) carry or bring with one; convey. 5) remove from a place. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • Take a Chance on Me — «Take A Chance On Me» Sencillo de ABBA del álbum The Album Lado A Take A Chance On Me Lado B I m A Marionette Publicación 14 de enero de 1978 Formato …   Wikipedia Español

  • Take That — actuando en Manchester el 12 Junio de 2011 Datos generales …   Wikipedia Español

  • Take Me Away — may refer to: Take Me Away (Culture Beat song) Take Me Away (Fefe Dobson song) Take Me Away (Keyshia Cole song) Take Me Away (Lifehouse song) Take Me Away (Stonebridge song) Take Me Away (Tiff Lacey song) Take Me Away , a song by 7 Days Away from …   Wikipedia

  • Take Control — Single par Amerie extrait de l’album Because I Love It Sortie Décembre 2006 23 avril 2007 (DL) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Take Me Out — Chanson par Franz Ferdinand extrait de l’album Franz Ferdinand le groupe en concert à Madrid Pays Grande Bretagne Sortie 2003 2004 Durée 3:13 Genre …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.