the act of taking up.
uptake (def 3).
any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to wear.
the contraction of fabric resulting from the wet operations in the finishing process, especially fulling.
- Take up for
Support in an argument, as in To our surprise her father took up for her fiancé. [ Second half of 1800s ]
- Take up on
see: take up , def. 4.
- Take-up reel
noun, Movies. 1. (on a projector) the reel onto which the film is wound after it has been projected.
- Take up space
Also, take up room or time . See take up , def. 6.