Definition of uptake in US English:



  • 1The action of taking up or making use of something that is available.

    ‘the country's uptake of electronic banking technology’
    • ‘Although the low uptake of health services has been seen as a measure of health, it has been reported that delays seeing a doctor are due to ‘cultural reasons’ and employment patterns in Orkney.’
    • ‘Services currently cost between 25 and 40 a month and uptake remains slow nationally.’
    • ‘The uptake peaked at 79% last year, as parents reacted to an epidemic in 2000 which claimed the lives of three children in the Dublin area.’
    • ‘Mr Crowley was disappointed with the poor uptake so far and said yesterday's meeting with unions aimed to make it clear that the redundancy offer would not be available indefinitely.’
    • ‘The final result would be that investment needed to allow better management of the farm would be carried out to the benefit of all and would lead to a considerable increase in uptake of the schemes.’
    • ‘Unless vaccine uptake improves rapidly, major measles epidemics are likely in the UK this winter.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Scottish Executive said that early uptake had been encouraging and the scheme would help tackle ‘real animal welfare issues’.’
    • ‘He welcomed the recent improved uptake in the MMR vaccine, which currently stands at around 77% of the target population.’
    • ‘It also says that free school meal uptake at primary school level is 17.9%, but nearly 22% of children are eligible.’
    • ‘Family doctors and health visitors are working closely with parents in those areas where uptake is below average to try to further improve levels.’
    • ‘It might be these characteristics that provide a kind of resistance to uptake of smoking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This programme was designed to increase the rate of adults stopping smoking, reduce smoking uptake by teenagers, and reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.’
    • ‘The Minister said that both schemes had been very successful and that uptake had far exceeded all expectations which necessitated a doubling of the funding originally provided.’
    • ‘This is evident by the slow uptake in the scheme, with only 2,000 approvals issued for grant aid since the scheme was first introduced in February 2001.’
    • ‘There has been a 76% uptake rate where screening is available and Mr O'Brien said he expects even higher rates in the south and west due to huge demand.’
    • ‘All we want is our fair share and for something to be done about our high unemployment rate, our low uptake of third level education and the small number of knowledge-based jobs in the region.’
    • ‘In recent years uptake of the vaccination has decreased following claims it is linked to autism.’
    • ‘The best methods for preventing uptake of smoking by young people have yet to be discovered, and broad based prevention programmes that tackle the many factors involved in this have been advocated.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, it has been revealed that there has only been a 40% uptake in usage of the brown bin which was introduced for organic waste last autumn.’
    1. 1.1 The taking in or absorption of a substance by a living organism or bodily organ.
      ‘the uptake of glucose into the muscles’
      • ‘The Nebraska medical team did this to increase the absorption and uptake of creatine to enhance its benefits in patients who have suffered weight loss from cancer.’
      • ‘After the Second World War, British children and pregnant women were given free cod-liver oil and orange juice to increase their uptake of vitamin A and D.’
      • ‘Plant roots need oxygen for the uptake of water and nutrients and so do not penetrate below the water table (apart from those such as mangrove types with special adaptations).’
      • ‘Lack of water and aeration will affect the anchorage and also other physiological functions such as uptake of nutrients, resulting in the fall of the tree in windy conditions, say the authorities.’
      • ‘Previously, other researchers used the cells to measure iron uptake by applying the digest solution to the cells and determining the amount of mineral uptake.’
      • ‘In spite of this information, no conclusive or compelling evidence linking chloride uptake to water absorption has been presented so far.’
      • ‘Much of the moisture held in the soil at this level is available for uptake by growing plants.’
      • ‘Oxygen uptake can also occur through the skin and the mouth membranes (as in the plethodontids, the lung-less salamanders).’
      • ‘In animal studies, the cinnamon extract improved insulin action via increasing glucose uptake in muscles.’
      • ‘Ten treated patients had a test that measured average glucose uptake, indicating the metabolism rate of cells.’
      • ‘All of the nitrate and ammonia in the wastewater is available for plant uptake and any excess can leach into groundwater.’
      • ‘This indicates that the nutrient from the ash was readily available for uptake by plant roots.’
      • ‘Nitrogen uptake and metabolism are central for vegetative and reproductive plant growth.’
      • ‘Precisely how insulin-initiated signals are modulated in liver cells for glucose uptake and metabolism is unknown.’
      • ‘It also increases glucose uptake by muscles, which reduces the amount of insulin your body needs, and lowers the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.’
      • ‘The role of pollutants in nutrient availability and uptake has been a special concern with regard to red spruce growth.’
      • ‘Calcium channel blockers have no major effects on energy metabolism during exercise, and maximum oxygen uptake is generally preserved.’
      • ‘It may also become possible to boost oxygen uptake, cardiac output and metabolic efficiency.’
      • ‘Today, supplement manufacturers are supplying it to you for easier absorption and uptake by your muscles.’
      • ‘As the external oxygen concentration declines, the rate of oxygen uptake into internal cells must keep up with the rate of oxygen consumption.’


  • be quick (or slow) on the uptake

    • informal Be quick (or slow) to understand something.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You're not too quick on the uptake, but you have a heart of gold.’
      • ‘Cricket has been slow on the uptake to see what mental practice can do.’
      • ‘He has an eagle eye for detail and is quick on the uptake.’
      • ‘I think we all know by now that I'm a little slow on the uptake.’
      • ‘This week, news departments that were slow on the uptake quickly found themselves out of step.’
      • ‘As always, I'm so slow on the uptake, it's deplorable.’
      • ‘One media analyst said that many UK media companies, saddled with debts, and regional newspaper groups, have been slow on the uptake for this kind of time-saving technology.’
      • ‘He's very quick on the uptake and is extremely focused.’
      • ‘It's all the rest of us who have been slow on the uptake.’
      • ‘He's a little slow on the uptake sometimes, but I still love him.’
      • ‘Never slow on the uptake, farmers didn't take long to spot an intriguing and lucrative opportunity.’
      • ‘I realise that everyone else probably has seen this and read it all already, but I'm very slow on the uptake sometimes.’
      • ‘Prasad is a busy man and he is very quick on the uptake too.’
      • ‘He's obviously quick on the uptake, which helped with the project.’
      • ‘Some areas have been slow to do that, but other areas like Rochdale have been quick on the uptake of partnership work and I am delighted to see it is getting results.’
      • ‘They'll be quick on the uptake, so they'll understand your product or service more rapidly than most.’
      • ‘‘The cargo industry is a bit slow on the uptake, compared to the air freight industry for example,’ he said.’
      • ‘Intellectual activity can be rewarding, as you are creative and quick on the uptake.’
      • ‘It is tempting to deduce that unions are slow on the uptake, but another possibility is that the agenda of the union itself is not in perfect alignment with the interests of its members.’
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