1. phrasal verb [no passive] You say that someone has taken up with someone unsuitable when they have begun a sexual or friendly relationship with them, and you disapprove of this. [disapproval] [V P P n] ⇒ Sandy took up with a widow 21 years his junior. [V P P n] ⇒ He took up with smugglers. 2. passive phrasal verb & phrasal verb → take If you are taken up with something, it keeps you busy or fully occupied. [be V-ed P] ⇒ His mind was wholly taken up with the question.
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