Definition of uptake in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌtāk/


1The action of taking up or making use of something that is available: a recent uptake in cigar smoking the uptake and usage of computers
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  • The Public Health Minister said the vaccine remained the best form of protection against measles, mumps and rubella and most recent information suggested uptake was on the increase.
  • He welcomed the recent improved uptake in the MMR vaccine, which currently stands at around 77% of the target population.
  • In recent years uptake of the vaccination has decreased following claims it is linked to autism.
1.1The taking in or absorption of a substance by a living organism or bodily organ: the uptake of glucose into the muscles
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  • Precisely how insulin-initiated signals are modulated in liver cells for glucose uptake and metabolism is unknown.
  • Ten treated patients had a test that measured average glucose uptake, indicating the metabolism rate of cells.
  • Today, supplement manufacturers are supplying it to you for easier absorption and uptake by your muscles.
2A pipe or flue leading air, smoke, or gases up to a chimney.


be quick (or slow) on the uptake

informal Be quick (or slow) to understand something.
Example sentences
  • Cricket has been slow on the uptake to see what mental practice can do.
  • It is beyond ridiculous to wait four hours in line to process a simple application, merely because the counter clerk is not quick on the uptake, and is unable to process work at a reasonable speed.
  • They'll be quick on the uptake, so they'll understand your product or service more rapidly than most.

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Syllabification: up·take

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