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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The Food and Drug Administration and the CDC have long blamed flavored products for the sharp uptake of e-cigarette use in children and teens. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "CDC refines definition of vaping-linked illnesses, lowers case count," 13 Sep. 2019 Regulatory pressure for electric uptake is less certain in the U.S., where the Trump administration has sought to relax standards set by the Obama administration. David Mchugh, USA TODAY, "Volkswagen places massive bet on electric cars: Will consumers buy in?," 9 Sep. 2019 Regional-uptake of UPI Tier 1 cities such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Chennai are powering the digital economy. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "The Indian government can thank Google for the popularity of its digital payment system," 5 Sep. 2019 Wellcome funds research into public attitudes to vaccines and vaccine uptake. Alex Whiting, Quartz, "How France is convincing its citizens to get vaccinated," 26 June 2019 The community college association’s Sadusky said the low uptake of the scholarship program does not diminish its importance or potential. Washington Post, "Maryland’s free community college initiative gets off to a slow start," 1 Sep. 2019 Depending on the type of tracers used, PET can image the uptake of glucose or cell growth in tissues, among other phenomena. Julie Grisham, Scientific American, "Faster, clearer PET images offer new views on disease," 9 July 2019 An accessible model of financing is an important prerequisite for the successful uptake of rooftop solar on a large scale. Tirthankar Mandal, Quartz India, "Cheaper loans could take solar power to more rooftops in India," 21 July 2019 The environmental group on Friday was named one of 10 winners of the 2019 Keeling Curve Prize, which recognizes initiatives across the globe that aim to increase carbon uptake or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach’s Wildcoast recognized for efforts to preserve coastal ecosystems," 28 June 2019

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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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