in·gest | \in-ˈjest \
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 \ adjective
ingestion \in-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh- \ noun
ingestive \in-ˈje-stiv \ 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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The infection occurs in the small intestine and symptoms usually show up about seven days after the parasite is ingested. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Here Are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis, the Illness Linked to Recalled Vegetable Trays," 9 July 2018 Treatment is dependent on how much was ingested and the intention, Welch said. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do," 18 June 2018 Studies find some 70 percent of seabirds have ingested the waste. James Rainey /, NBC News, "A young Dutch inventor wants to clean plastic from the ocean. Can he do it?," 13 June 2018 While soothing to the skin, the compound is dangerous to pups if ingested. Southern Living, "Here's How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting A Sunburn," 22 June 2018 All parts of the plant can be toxic if ingested –– except, alas, for such pests as cabbage worms, spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. R. Daniel Foster,, "What a showoff: Ghostly Brugmansia delivers spectacular garden blooms," 22 June 2018 Salmonella is a bacteria that, if ingested, can cause infections, the Mayo Clinic explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Ate Some Melon Recently? Here Are the Salmonella Symptoms to Watch Out For," 11 June 2018 Some essential oils may cause harm if ingested, applied to the skin, or exposed to the eyes., "Essential oils: Why 'natural' doesn't always mean safe," 22 May 2018 Tests performed on the pastries showed the presence of naphthalene, a chemical that is commonly found in mothballs and can be harmful or even fatal if ingested in larger doses, according to the search warrant. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Police investigate whether father gave children poisoned doughnuts to take to his estranged wife," 10 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 \

Medical Definition of ingest 

: to take in for or as if for digestion

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