*take up*

take up

Definition: to use a particular amount of time, space or effort.

(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)

E.g.1: You can’t put those boots it your suitcase; they take up too much space.
E.g.2: Her 3 small children took all her time and energy up.

This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g. 2)

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