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 ingest (audio) \ adjective
ingestive \ in-​ˈje-​stiv How to pronounce ingest (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
Recent Examples on the Web Halfway through Leicester's 2-1 win, Crystal Palace FC goalkeeper waited to take a goal kick to allow Fofana to ingest some liquids before returning to play. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Muslim soccer player thanks opponent for allowing him to break Ramadan fast in-game," 28 Apr. 2021 The preponderance of discrimination and violence against Asian Americans has been hard to ingest, and many are looking for solutions. Simone Morris, Forbes, "Get Motivated To Fight Anti Asian-American Bias," 28 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, these common plants, and their seeds, are also poisonous and dangerous for people, cats, dogs, and horses to ingest. Kelli Bender,, "Family Who Lost 2 Dogs to Sago Palms Wants Pet Owners to Know About the Toxic, Prevalent Plant," 28 Apr. 2021 The Food and Drug Administration has warned people not to ingest the potentially deadly chlorine dioxide solution, which is typically used for industrial water treatment. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Florida family accused of selling thousands of bottles of bleach marketed as Covid cure," 25 Apr. 2021 The researchers concluded that sea ice decline as a result of climate change has played a role in how much mercury narwhals ingest by altering narwhal diets and increasing the bioavailability of mercury in the ocean. Sara Tabin, Forbes, "What Can Narwhal Tusks Tell Us About Climate Change? Quite A Lot, Scientists Say," 16 Apr. 2021 The whitefly would have to ingest those phenolic glycosides when feeding on the tomato plant and that would usually kill it. Chris Smith, BGR, "A bug acquired the DNA of a toxic plant, and now it’s running rampant," 26 Mar. 2021 Many people prefer to ingest vinegar via a pill because liquid vinegar is acidic and can cause nausea. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Apple cider vinegar and weight loss -- what the experts say," 24 Mar. 2021 This encourages the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold — all of which are harmful for hummingbirds to ingest. Megan Oster,, "How to make hummingbird nectar," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Ingest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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