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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to remove)
a. levantar
The road crew is taking up the stones in preparation for paving with cement.El equipo de carretera está levantando las piedras en preparación para la pavimentación con cemento.
2. (to pick up)
a. agarrar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Berta took up the rifle and began to shoot.Berta agarró el rifle y comenzó a disparar.
b. coger
Regionalism used in Spain
On taking up his pen, his thoughts seemed to flow easily.Al coger la pluma, sus pensamientos parecieron fluir con soltura.
3. (to shorten)
a. acortar
Sandy took up the hem on her son's pants because they were too long.Sandy acortó el dobladillo de los pantalones de su hijo porque eran demasiado largos.
b. subir
Mary's dad won't let her take up her dress.El papá de Mary no la deja subir su vestido.
4. (to absorb)
a. absorber
These cleaning cloths I bought quickly take up spills.Los trapos para limpiar que compré absorben los derrames rápidemente.
5. (to lead)
a. llevar arriba
Oscar took the priest up to see the patient.Oscar llevó al sacerdote arriba para ver al paciente.
6. (to carry)
a. subir
Montse took the milk up to her grandpa.Montse subió la leche a su abuelo.
7. (to move into)
a. tomar
The platoon took up a position on a hill.El pelotón tomó una posición en una colina.
8. (to occupy)
a. ocupar
Paula has no time for a social life because her work takes up all her time.Paula no tiene tiempo para una vida social porque el trabajo ocupa todo su tiempo.
b. absorber
Taking care of her 15 children takes up all her energy.Cuidando a sus 15 hijos absorbe toda su energía.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
All of his attention is taken up by his legal battle.Toda su atención está dedicada a su batalla legal.
His new hobby takes up a lot of his time.Le dedica mucho tiempo a su nuevo pasatiempo.
9. (to start)
a. empezar a hacer
Patricia took up gardening when she moved to the countryside.Patricia empezó a hacer jardinería cuando se mudó al campo.
b. asumir
Harry will take up his duties as consul in Islamabad in two weeks.Harry asumirá el cargo de cónsul en Islamabad en dos semanas.
c. dedicarse a
Miguel decided to take up a career in law after what happened to his mother.Miguel decidió dedicarse al derecho después de lo sucedido a su mamá.
d. emprender
After attending college, Nostradamus took up a career in medicine.Después de asistir a la universidad, Nostradamus emprendió su carrera médica.
10. (to continue)
a. continuar
The second episode takes up where the first leaves off.El segundo episodio continua donde el primero termina.
b. retomar
After a short break, the professor took up the topic he had introduced earlier on.Después de un breve descanso, el profesor retomó el tema que había presentado anteriormente.
c. volver sobre
Orlando took up what Francisco was saying and expounded on it.Orlando volvió sobre lo que decía Francisco y lo profundizó.
11. (to adopt)
a. hacer suyo
Maurice took up the cause of stopping global warming 50 years ago.Maurice hizo suya la causa de detener el calentamiento global hace 50 años.
12. (to take on board) (United Kingdom)
a. recoger
The driver did not hold the car a reasonable enough time to take up passengers.El conductor no detuvo el vehículo una cantidad de tiempo razonable para recoger pasajeros.
b. llevar
My uncle took me up in his airplane.Mi tío me llevó en su avión.
13. (to accept; used with "on")
a. aceptar
Do we have a deal? -Yes, I'll take you up on your offer.¿Tenemos un trato? - Sí, acepto tu oferta.
14. (to bring up; used with "with")
a. mencionar a
I'm going to have to take this matter up with your father.Voy a tener que mencionar este asunto a tu padre.
b. tratar con
Sir, I was told to take up the issue with you.Señor, me dijeron que tratara el asunto con usted.
c. abordar con
Ok, so who's going to take this up with the director?Bueno, ¿quién va a abordar el tema con el director?
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
15. (to get together; often used with "with")
a. juntarse
Lou broke up with Imelda, and two weeks later he took up with Dana.Lou rompió con Imelda y dos semanas más tarde se juntó con Dana.
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take up
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (carry)
a. subir
2. (lead; person)
a. llevar, subir
3. (lift; carpet, floorboards, paving stones)
a. levantar
4. (shorten; skirt, hem)
a. subir, acortar
5. (accept; challenge, offer, suggestion)
a. aceptar
to t somebody up on an offeraceptar una oferta de alguien
6. (discuss; subject, problem)
a. discutir
7. (assume; position)
a. tomar
8. (post, duties)
a. asumir
9. (hobby, studies)
she's taken up fencing/psychologyha empezado a practicar esgrima/estudiar psicología
we t up the story just after…retomamos la historia justo después de…
10. (occupy; space, time, attention)
a. ocupar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
11. (general)
to t up with somebodytrabar amistad con alguien
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take up
transitive verb
1 (raise, lift) [+object from ground] levantar; recoger; [+carpet, floorboards] quitar; [+road] levantar; [+dress, hem] acortar
2 (lead, carry upstairs) subir
3 (pick up) [+pen, one's work] coger; agarrar; (LAm) [+passengers] recoger
4 (continue) [+story] continuar con
we took up the friendship where we left off
5 (occupy) [+time, attention] ocupar; [+space] llenar; ocupar
it takes up a lot of his time le dedica mucho tiempo; he's very taken up with his work está absorto en el trabajo; he's very taken up with her está ocupado con ella
6 (absorb) [+liquid] absorber
7 (raise question of) [+matter, point] retomar; volver sobre
I shall take the matter up with the manager hablaré del asunto con el gerente
8 (take issue with)
I feel I must take you up on that siento que debo contestar a lo que has dicho
9 (start) [+hobby, sport] dedicarse a; [+career] emprender
10 (accept) [+offer, challenge] aceptar
I'll take you up on your offer te acepto la oferta; I'll take you up on that some day algún día recordaré lo que has dicho
11 (adopt) [+cause] apoyar; [+case] ocuparse de
Meehan, at the time I took up his case, had had three solicitors his MP has taken up his case Bolivia promised to take up the case in `international forums
[+person] adoptar
to take up with sb (as friend) hacerse amigo de algn; (romantically) juntarse con algn; he took up with a woman half his wife's age se juntó con una mujer que tenía la mitad de la edad de su mujer
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