usage: pursue or resume; "take up a matter for consideration"
2. take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize on, espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up
usage: adopt; "take up new ideas"
3. take up, turn
usage: turn one's interest to; "He took up herpetology at the age of fifty"
4. take up, occupy, fill
usage: take up time or space; "take up the slack"
5. start, take up
usage: begin work or acting in a certain capacity, office or job; "Take up a position"; "start a new job"
6. adopt, borrow, take over, take up, accept, take, have
usage: take up and practice as one's own
7. assume, take, strike, take up, move
usage: occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
8. sorb, take up, change state, turn
usage: take up a liquid or a gas either by adsorption or by absorption
9. scoop, scoop out, lift out, scoop up, take up, remove, take, take away, withdraw
usage: take out or up with or as if with a scoop; "scoop the sugar out of the container"
10. take in, take up, receive, have
usage: accept; "The cloth takes up the liquid"
11. absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up
usage: take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"
12. take in, sop up, suck in, take up, consume, ingest, take in, take, have
usage: take up as if with a sponge
13. resume, take up, change
usage: return to a previous location or condition; "The painting resumed its old condition when we restored it"
1. haunted, obsessed, preoccupied, taken up(predicate), concerned (vs. unconcerned)
usage: having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something; "became more and more haunted by the stupid riddle"; "was absolutely obsessed with the girl"; "got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children"; "he was taken up in worry for the old woman"