1. (as prep. with acc.) lit. “taking it up” (as such & such), i.e.

    1. out of, as, for; in phrase anukampaṃ upādāya out of pity or mercy DN.i.204; Pv-a.61, Pv-a.141, Pv-a.164
    2. compared with, alongside of, with reference to, according to DN.i.205 (kālañ ca samayañ ca acc. to time & convenience); Dhp-a.i.391; Vv-a.65 (paṃsucuṇṇaṃ); Pv-a.268 (manussalokaṃ). The same use of upādāya is found in BSk., e.g. at Divy.25, Divy.359, Divy.413; Avs.i.255.
  2. (ic same meaning application as upādā, i.e. in neg. form first & then in positive abstraction from the latter) as philosophical term “hanging on to”, i.e. derived, secondary (with rūpa) Vb.12, Vb.67 etc.; Mnd.266. Usually as anupādāya “not clinging to”, without any (further) clinging (to rebirth) emancipated, unconditioned, free [cp. BSk. paritt-anupādāya free from the world Divy.655], freq. in phrase a nibbuta completely emancipated SN.ii.279; AN.i.162; AN.iv.290; besides in foll. pass.: Vin.i.14 (a. cittaṃ vimuccati) Vin.i.182 (id.); SN.ii.187 sq.; SN.iv.20, SN.iv.107; SN.v.317; Dhp.89 = SN.v.24 (ādānapaṭi-nisagge a. ye ratā); Dhp.414; Snp.363; Iti.94 (+ aparitassato).

ger. of upādiyati