how to pronounce uptake


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uptake is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of uptake in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it stops the up the uptake of the virus …”

meanings of uptake


  1. Understanding; comprehension.
  2. Absorption, especially of food or nutrient by an organism.
  3. The upcast pipe from the smokebox of a steam boiler towards the chimney.
  4. A chimney.
  5. The act of lifting or taking up.


  1. To accept and begin to use, as a new practice.
  2. To absorb, as food or a drug by an organism.
  3. To take up, to lift.

uptake frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word uptake occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics uptake can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that uptake can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) food and health;

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