uptake

noun up·take \ ˈəp-ˌtāk \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of uptake

Scots uptake to understand



UPTAKE Defined for English Language Learners

uptake

noun

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

noun up·take \ ˈəp-ˌtāk \

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 studies
  • Journal of the American Medical Association

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