up·​take | \ˈəp-ˌtāk \

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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Benjamin Attia of Wood Mackenzie, an energy consultancy, says that, depending on how quickly the price falls encourage an uptake of solar in new markets, this could be the first year since 2000 that the global solar industry stalls. The Economist, "Can the solar industry survive without subsidies?," 14 June 2018 The unexpected uptake led to a national shortage of Meningitis B jabs, with some clinics sourcing pricier vaccinations from abroad. The Economist, "Britain is slowly acquiring a pro-vax movement," 15 Mar. 2018 Surging demand for lithium-ion batteries, boosted by uptake from automakers, has created efficiencies of scale that have sent prices plummeting. Philly.com, "How batteries went from primitive power to global domination," 16 June 2018 Almost 20% of Americans will use a smart speaker at least once a month this year, a surprisingly fast uptake for a technology that's just three and a half years old. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon Echo or Google Home? For U.S. households, that's changing," 2 May 2018 The amount of nitrogen each contains, and speed of uptake, varies from one material to the next. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015 Bluebird’s Davidson said this patient was at higher risk of relapse because some anomalous traits of the disease caused problems with the uptake of the LentiGlobin infusion. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "New Bluebird data show promising benefits for gene therapy, if they last," 15 June 2018 Also check for pests, like grubs and nematodes, that affect roots to limit water uptake and control them when possible. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Secrets to sunflower success," 2 June 2018 In contrast, the three states that have banned nonmedical exemptions — Mississippi, California and West Virginia — show the highest MMR vaccine uptake and lowest incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. Lena H. Sun, idahostatesman, "In 10 U.S. 'hotspots', kids are most likely to skip vaccines. 8 are in Idaho.," 13 June 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

: 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.


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 studiesJournal of the American Medical Association

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