Definition of take-up in US English:



  • 1A device for taking up slack or excess.

    as modifier ‘a take-up reel’
    • ‘The manual take-up device currently in use collects oil samples from a bowling lane surface on special transparent tape.’
    • ‘The take-up of such excess loss policies is mainly for fleets with up to five vehicles.’
    • ‘The tanker then confessed to a degraded hydraulic system, which accounted for the malfunction of the take-up reel.’
    • ‘The DCM also includes an advanced head guide assembly, take-up reel drive motor, the optical servo system and the tape heads.’
    • ‘At this point there will be a long take-up with only slight spring tension.’
    • ‘It also had an improved set-tip to start the yarn or thread, an adjustable jack-frame for knitting loose or tight, and Crane's take-up device.’
  • 2The action of taking something up.

    ‘automatic bobbin thread take-up’
  • 3British The acceptance of something offered.

    ‘practices that discourage take-up of legal advice’
    • ‘In the office market, take-up is still strong in the city centre and O'Brien believes that from now on development will take place to meet demand rather than in anticipation of it.’
    • ‘Dr Sushil Jathanna, director of public health at Colchester PCT, praised elderly people for the high take-up of flu vaccine which played a significant part in keeping the number of flu cases low.’
    • ‘Despite the obvious benefits these plans offer, the take-up tends to be poor.’
    • ‘The airline, which launched the hand-held devices last year, said the take-up has been poor so far and it will extend the trials for only another few months.’
    • ‘‘There is quite a good take-up of the service in this area so it would be a pity to withdraw it but we cannot continue if these youths continue to do this,’ Mr Kavanagh argued.’
    • ‘We expect a great take-up as our customers can interact with the services exactly how and when they wish.’
    • ‘We examine the issue of take-up and offer an explanation for the mismatch between positive program intent and partial program use.’
    • ‘All the pupils at Elton were hugely enthusiastic about the food served there, and there's a high take-up of meals.’
    • ‘Leeds Council wants to close Wetherby Adult Training Centre because of a low take-up of places, but families of the centre's clients are angry at the plans which they believe will cause unnecessary upheaval.’
    • ‘We are now looking at schemes where ease of use and wide take-up can be offered and achieved.’
    • ‘The York Trust had offered the vaccination, but there was a relatively low take-up by staff.’
    • ‘He added that the company expected low take-up of the offer due to an ongoing national strike.’
    • ‘Ecocultural theory expects that take-up will depend on whether the offers fit into the cultural models and motivations of parents and into the everyday routines of life important to them and their families.’
    • ‘Park officials say the crisis in the farming industry, and particularly the foot-and-mouth emergency, has adversely affected the take-up of the woodland grants scheme.’
    • ‘A relatively new option are personal retirement savings accounts, which have had a disappointing take-up since they were launched two years ago.’
    • ‘As outputs increased following the take-up of the new seeds, grain prices fell, and more and more smaller farmers were forced out of business.’
    • ‘‘Central government has provided enough resources for these, but the take-up has been very poor,’ he said.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It was great fun, and we are all pleased with the take-up of the event and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves.’’
    • ‘Maas et al raised the question of whether their advice was strong enough, and given the poor take-up of the advice I would question this as well.’
    • ‘The offer follows a slower-than-expected take-up of its residential fixed-line telephone services.’



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