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

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 Sea turtles ingest plastic garbage discarded by humans and this causes injuries to their internal organs and intestinal blockages that can lead to their death if not treated. Miriam Porter, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The post-pandemic world of media and entertainment relies on modern technology that can ingest, transfer and store massive data sets that can be easily available, like the solutions offered by Seagate. Ashley Lan, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 This could mean the organisms ingest larger clusters of particles or, possibly, that the species might mistake a clump for a bit of food more often. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2022 Rawashdeh's experiment was novel in her method of encapsulating the essential oils into yeast, so that disease-spreading Aedes mosquitoes would ingest it while other organisms in the environment would not. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 Some flowering plants, such as foxglove, oleander, lily of the valley and rhododendrons (such as azaleas), can lead to cardiac failure or cause diarrhea and vomiting if dogs ingest them. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The concern, Hammond said, is less for people choosing to smoke and more for others who may ingest the smoke involuntarily. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Based on their findings, the authors suggest that the ability to constrict or ingest large prey would not have emerged unless the snakes had first gained the ability to sustain the high metabolic costs and regulate their breathing while doing so. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 Communication is made up of three essential parts: the sender—the person delivering the information; the receiver—the person or group who ingest the information; the results, which is self-explanatory. Expert Panel, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Ingest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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transitive verb
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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