up·​take | \ ˈəp-ˌtāk How to pronounce uptake (audio) \

Definition of uptake

1 : understanding, comprehension quick on the uptake
2 : a flue leading upward
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

oxygen uptake by the body the plant's uptake of water a rapid uptake of liquid She's pretty quick on the uptake.
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Regulatory morass and lawsuits among drugmakers have also slowed uptake. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Samsung Faces Resistance From Big Pharma in the U.S.," 11 Jan. 2019 But uptake of that offer was low, so now GM is turning to involuntary layoffs to help achieve the company's goal to reduce annual costs by $6 billion by 2020. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "GM axes Volt, Cruze, and Impala for North America in cost-cutting move," 26 Nov. 2018 But regulators have been struggling with how to strike a balance between curbing the uptake of e-cigarettes in minors while also helping smokers quit. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Vaping gone viral: the astonishing surge in teens’ e-cigarette use," 18 Dec. 2018 The six-speed manual is a thing of beauty, with seamless rowing and no notching, and responsive uptake on the clutch without being too stubborn or too springy. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Best affordable sports car? 2017 Honda Civic Si," 7 Sep. 2017 That combination of lower dosage and swift uptake may offer a distinct advantage over electrical-stimulation brain implants. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Implantable brain device could stop epileptic seizures in their tracks," 29 Aug. 2018 Two recent studies explore different facets of the cultural barriers standing in the way of better HPV vaccine uptake. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Cultural barriers still stand in the way of HPV vaccine uptake," 4 Nov. 2018 Health officials in the U.K., for example, have said that existing regulations there have prevented uptake of Juul by teens. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul Says It Will Quit Social Media," 13 Nov. 2018 According to the latest data from the New York City health department, there’s been a surge in uptake of the MMR vaccine among children in Williamsburg since the outbreak started. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of uptake

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for uptake

Scots uptake to understand

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English Language Learners Definition of uptake

technical : the process by which something is taken in by the body, a plant, etc.
informal : the ability to learn new things, to understand what is happening or being said, etc.


up·​take | \ ˈəp-ˌtāk How to pronounce uptake (audio) \

Medical Definition of uptake

: 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 studiesJournal of the American Medical Association

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