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take-up

[teyk-uhp] /ˈteɪkˌʌp/
noun
1.
the act of taking up.
2.
Machinery.
  1. uptake (def 3).
  2. any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to wear.
3.
the contraction of fabric resulting from the wet operations in the finishing process, especially fulling.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; noun use of verb phrase take up
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  • The term take-up rate refers to the percent of workers with access to a plan who participate in the plan.
British Dictionary definitions for take-up

take up

verb (adverb, mainly transitive)
1.
to adopt the study, practice, or activity of: to take up gardening
2.
(Austral & NZ) to occupy and break in (uncultivated land): he took up some hundreds of acres in the back country
3.
to shorten (a garment or part of a garment): she took all her skirts up three inches
4.
to pay off (a note, mortgage, etc)
5.
to agree to or accept (an invitation, etc)
6.
to pursue further or resume (something): he took up French where he left off
7.
to absorb (a liquid)
8.
to adopt as a protégé; act as a patron to
9.
to occupy or fill (space or time)
10.
to interrupt, esp in order to contradict or criticize
11.
take up on
  1. to argue or dispute with (someone): can I take you up on two points in your talk?
  2. to accept what is offered by (someone): let me take you up on your invitation
12.
take up with
  1. to discuss with (someone); refer to: to take up a fault with the manufacturers
  2. (intransitive) to begin to keep company or associate with
noun
13.
  1. the claiming or acceptance of something, esp a state benefit, that is due or available
  2. (as modifier): take-up rate
14.
(machinery) the distance through which a part must move to absorb the free play in a system
15.
(modifier) denoting the part of a mechanism on which film, tape, or wire is wound up: a take-up spool on a tape recorder
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