Uptake meaning

ŭptāk
A passage for drawing up smoke or air.
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Understanding; comprehension.

Very quick on the uptake.

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An act of taking in or absorbing, especially into a living organism.
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The act of taking up; a drawing up, absorbing, etc.
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Absorption, especially of food or nutrient by an organism.
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(dated) A chimney.
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(archaic) To take up, to lift.
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quick (or slow) on the uptake
  • quick (or slow) to understand or comprehend
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

quick (<i>or</i> slow) on the uptake

Origin of uptake

  • From Middle English uptaken, equivalent to up- +"Ž take.

    From Wiktionary