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take up (1)

Meaning: to fill an area of space or a period of time

Synonym: occupy

For example:

  • take up sth We're selling the dining table because it takes up too much room in our new apartment.

  • take sth up I don't have much spare time, and exercising takes most of that up anyway.

Nouns often used as objects with
take up (1): room, space, floorspace, area, time

Quick Quiz:

The kitchen takes up too much room in the apartment. I think it should
  1. be bigger
  2. be smaller
  3. be better

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