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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Though not as dangerous as ingesting laundry detergent pods, the challenge is just as bizarre. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "What's the Bottle Cap Challenge? Here's what you need to know about the latest viral trend," 2 July 2019 The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said the students at Southampton High School, in Courtland, became ill after ingesting an unknown substance, according to the station. Fox News, "Virginia deputies respond after 7 students fall ill after ingesting 'unknown substance'," 12 June 2019 Humans, too, are ingesting plastic, but on a microscopic level, according to a study released this week from Australia’s University of Newcastle and commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund. Anna Schaverien, New York Times, "Store’s Bid to Shame Customers Over Plastic Bags Backfires," 12 June 2019 The plant's toxins can then enter the body through rubbing an eye or your nose or ingesting parts of the plant, according to the blog. Chris Mayhew,, "Poison hemlock and wild parsnip: Rain causes dangerous weeds to flourish," 19 July 2018 State Police investigators determined that Lopes had bought $80 worth of heroin from Foss, and ingested the drug, which caused a fatal overdose, according to prosecutors. Danny Mcdonald,, "In a Plymouth County first, man convicted of supplying drugs that caused fatal overdose," 31 Mar. 2018 But high levels can cause gastrointestinal distress if ingested by sensitive groups like the young, old and ill. Maddy Lauria,, "At Delaware's beaches, scientists test waters for signs of fecal bacteria," 9 June 2019 The pods, which can be poisonous if ingested, can look like candy to a child or someone with dementia. CBS News, "Laundry pods still a serious safety risk for kids and people with dementia, study warns," 4 June 2019 If your child has ingested products with benzocaine, look for symptoms of methemoglobinemia. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "FDA says stop using over-the-counter benzocaine products on teething infants," 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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