A phrase that consists of a verb with a preposition or adverb or both, the meaning of which is different from the meaning of its separate parts.
take something up
Meaning / Example:
1. [for someone or a group] to deliberate something.
> When will the board of directors take this up?
2. to raise something, such as the height of a hem.
> The skirt is too long. I'll have to take it up.
3. to continue with something after an interruption.
> They took it up where they left off.
> Let's take up this matter at the point we were at when we were interrupted.
4. to begin something; to start to acquire a skill in something.
> When did you take this hobby up?
> I took up skiing last fall.
5. to absorb something.
> This old sponge doesn't take much water up.
6. to adopt something new.
> I see you've taken a new lifestyle up.
A verb combined with an adverb or a preposition, or sometimes both, to give a new meaning.
A compilation of 50 phrasal verbs.