uptake

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noun up·take \ˈəp-ˌtāk\

Definition of uptake

  1. 1 :  understanding, comprehension <quick on the uptake>

  2. 2 :  a flue leading upward

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of absorbing and incorporating especially into a living organism, tissue, or cell <oxygen uptake>

Examples of uptake in a sentence

  1. oxygen uptake by the body

  2. the plant's uptake of water

  3. a rapid uptake of liquid

  4. She's pretty quick on the uptake.

Origin and Etymology of uptake

Scots uptake to understand


First Known Use: 1816


UPTAKE Defined for English Language Learners

uptake

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noun up·take \ˈəp-ˌtāk\

Definition of uptake for English Language Learners

  • : the process by which something is taken in by the body, a plant, etc.

  • : the ability to learn new things, to understand what is happening or being said, etc.


Medical Dictionary

uptake

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noun up·take \ˈəp-ˌtāk\

Medical Definition of uptake

  1. :  an act or instance of absorbing and incorporating something especially into a living organism, tissue, or cell <oxygen uptake> <thyroid function should be determined by radioiodine uptake studies—Journal of the American Medical Association>



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