uptake

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web The low uptake was due to the cost of data and a lack of devices, Lindiwe Matlali, founder and CEO of ATG, told CNN. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "The pandemic reimagined sub-Saharan education, but access to digital is urgently needed," 10 Nov. 2020 But vaccine uptake may not be rapid or widespread, especially if its safety is in doubt. Nicholas Christakis, WSJ, "The Long Shadow of the Pandemic: 2024 and Beyond," 16 Oct. 2020 Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at University College London, said that laughter has been shown to reduce the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline and to increase the body's uptake of the feel-good endorphins. Richard Schiffman, Star Tribune, "No joke – laughter is healthy," 9 Oct. 2020 Employers often go to lengths to increase the uptake of annual flu shots in order to promote a healthier workforce. Mitchell Schnurman, chicagotribune.com, "Employers could require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Will it come to that?," 23 Sep. 2020 Employers often go to lengths to increase the uptake of annual flu shots in order to promote a healthier workforce. Dallas News, "Employers can require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Will it come to that?," 22 Sep. 2020 In other words, the larger your muscles, the greater your body’s capacity for glucose uptake, Oja says. Pam Moore, Washington Post, "Cardio isn’t enough. For a healthy heart, add resistance training.," 31 Aug. 2020 After all, that vaccination might be needed annually and could eventually have greater uptake than the flu shot because of the disease’s severity. Charley Grant, WSJ, "A Prescription for What Ails CVS, Walgreens," 6 Oct. 2020 State lawmakers had approved $15 million for the first year of the grant, but the low uptake resulted in less funding for the scholarship this year. Washington Post, "Why 3,000 people are still waiting for Maryland’s community college scholarship," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Uptake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uptake. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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uptake

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How to pronounce uptake (audio)

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.

uptake

noun
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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