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uptake

[uhp-teyk] /ˈʌpˌteɪk/
noun
1.
apprehension; understanding or comprehension; mental grasp:
quick on the uptake.
2.
an act or instance of taking up; a lifting:
the uptake of fertilizer by machines.
3.
Also called take-up. Machinery. a pipe or passage leading upward from below, as for conducting smoke or a current of air.
4.
Physiology, absorption.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; up- + take; compare take-up
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British Dictionary definitions for up take

uptake

/ˈʌpˌteɪk/
noun
1.
a pipe, shaft, etc, that is used to convey smoke or gases, esp one that connects a furnace to a chimney
2.
(mining) another term for upcast (sense 2)
3.
taking up or lifting up
4.
the act of accepting or taking up something on offer or available
5.
(informal) quick on the uptake, quick to understand or learn
6.
(informal) slow on the uptake, slow to understand or learn
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Word Origin and History for up take

uptake

n.

"capacity for understanding," 1816, from up + take. Cf. obsolete verb uptake "to pick or take up," attested from c.1300.

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up take in Medicine

uptake up·take (ŭp'tāk')
n.
The absorption by a tissue of a substance, such as a nutrient, and its permanent or temporary retention.

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Slang definitions & phrases for up take

upstairs

adverb

In the brain; mentally: became a little balmy upstairs (1932+)

Related Terms

kick someone upstairs, the man upstairs


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Idioms and Phrases with up take

uptake

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