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1. He picked up the stone.
2. He took up the stone.
(Are both the same?)
3. Volunteer work takes up a lot of time.
(What is the meaning of 'takes up'? What other words can we use instead of 'takes up'?

1 and 2 mean about the same thing, yes. 1 is the more common usage.
3 could be rephrased: Volunteer work involves a lot of time.
http://www.eslcafe.com/pv/pva.html
Good list of "phrasal verbs"  look them up alphabetically.
http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/
Good lists of idioms  look at the whole collection or look them up alphabetically.
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