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intake

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noun in·take \ˈin-ˌtāk\

Simple Definition of intake

  • : the amount of something (such as food or drink) that is taken into your body

  • : the act of taking something (such as air) into your body

  • : a place or part where liquid or air enters something (such as an engine)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intake

  1. 1 :  an opening through which fluid enters an enclosure

  2. 2 a :  a taking in b (1) :  the amount taken in (2) :  something (as energy) taken in :  input

Examples of intake in a sentence

  1. You should limit your daily intake of fats and sugars.

  2. a larger intake of fluids

  3. the recommended daily intakes of selected vitamins

  4. a sudden intake of breath



15th Century

First Known Use of intake

15th century



INTAKE Defined for Kids

intake

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noun in·take \ˈin-ˌtāk\

Definition of intake for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of taking in <… he breathed again, feeling the sharp intake of frigid air. — Lois Lowry, The Giver>

  2. 2 :  something taken in <Limit your daily sugar intake.>

  3. 3 :  a place where liquid or air is taken into something (as a pump)




Medical Dictionary

intake

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noun in·take \ˈin-ˌtāk\

Medical Definition of intake

  1. 1:  the act or process of taking in <intake and exhalation of gases>

  2. 2:  the amount taken in <reduce fluid intake to four cups daily—D. R. Zimmerman>





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