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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Then, two months ago, four people in the county died in a 24-hour period after ingesting counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with the drug. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU, district attorney officials warn students of the dangers of fentanyl," 5 Sep. 2019 The baby died after ingesting methamphetamine in the summer of 2018, according to the court records. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Man dies in Alabama jail while awaiting trial for death of baby found in freezer," 31 Aug. 2019 Tyler Wayne Skaggs died July 1 by choking on his vomit after ingesting a dangerous mix of drugs and alcohol, according to a report released by the Tarrant County medical examiner in Texas. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Angels employee’s alleged involvement in Tyler Skaggs’ death is one of many questions," 30 Aug. 2019 Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press Dog owners have reported this summer that their pets became fatally ill after swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds, apparently after ingesting water laden with toxic blue-green algae. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Algae Can Poison Your Dog," 12 Aug. 2019 Symptoms emerge from one to 10 days after ingesting the bacteria. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Red Robin in Westminster shut down after E. coli illness strikes adult, two children," 11 July 2019 Keep the punch bowl away The ASPCA points out alcoholic drinks can poison pets, which may get weak and depressed or even go into a coma after ingesting alcohol. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'They think they're going to die': How to keep dogs safe and calm during Fourth of July celebrations," 2 July 2019 In both 2014 and 2018, testing revealed the birds had all died after ingesting Avitrol., "Portland bans use of bird poison on city property after crow deaths," 5 June 2019 All parts of the plant — fronds, base and seeds, are toxic if ingested. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Got a pet? Remove this plant from your yard now," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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