in·​gest | \ in-ˈjest How to pronounce ingest (audio) \
ingested; ingesting; ingests

Definition of ingest

transitive verb

: to take in for or as if for digestion

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Other Words from ingest

ingestible \ in-​ˈje-​stə-​bəl How to pronounce ingestible (audio) \ adjective
ingestion \ in-​ˈjes-​chən How to pronounce ingestion (audio) , -​ˈjesh-​ \ noun
ingestive \ in-​ˈje-​stiv How to pronounce ingestive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ingest in a Sentence

The drug is more easily ingested in pill form. claims that the average person ingests considerably more calories than is necessary or desirable

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Honestly believing that ingesting massive doses of Kombucha will fix your ulcer. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Forget Decluttering: Clutter Is The Road To Genius," 11 Apr. 2019 Plankton, which are at the bottom of the chain, ingest the PCBs, and then the chemicals quickly work their way upward. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Ford testifies, Kavanaugh denies," 28 Sep. 2018 Accidentally swallowing button batteries can be lethal for children, but a new study says spoonfuls of honey ingested on the way to the hospital may stave off serious injury. Aubrey Nagle,, "Schools buy war-zone trauma kits, Trump-Kim summit recap | Morning Newsletter," 12 June 2018 That’s what two New York state lawmakers want the laundry detergent company to do to thwart further cases of children ingesting the pods. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "New York Lawmakers Want Tide to Stop Making Its Pods Look So Tasty," 7 Feb. 2018 Most people fall ill about three to four days after ingesting the harmful bacteria. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Romaine Lettuce Is Not Safe to Eat, CDC Warns After E. Coli Outbreak," 20 Nov. 2018 One family learned this lesson the hard way, Meier adds, referencing an 1862 incident in which children from an east London home died after ingesting pigments found on the family’s wallpaper. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Arsenic-Laced Books Discovered in University Library," 3 July 2018 Some of the 13 bald eagles that were found dead on a Maryland farm more than two years ago were killed after ingesting a highly toxic pesticide, carbofuran, according to a federal report. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: EPA loses a tenth of its criminal investigators since Trump's election," 21 June 2018 Scientists said the whale most likely died after ingesting over 60 pounds of trash, the Times reported. CBS News, "New York City Council to consider ban on plastic straws," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of ingest

1620, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ingest

Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere to carry in, from in- + gerere to bear

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English Language Learners Definition of ingest

: to take (something, such as food) into your body : to swallow (something)
in·​gest | \ in-ˈjest How to pronounce ingest (audio) \

Medical Definition of ingest

: to take in for or as if for digestion

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