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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One 2013 study in Journal of Functional Foods suggests as much, noting that participants who ingested apple cider vinegar each day for 12 weeks had lower blood sugar. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Apple Cider Vinegar Facts to Know Before You Drink It," 1 Jan. 2019 Livestock ingesting metal is a common phenomenon— roughly 55 to 75 percent of the cattle slaughtered in the eastern United States alone have digested pieces of metal, whether that's a nail, a piece of wire, or something more. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What If Animal Feces Could Be Recycled for Metals and Valuable Elements?," 29 Nov. 2018 Here's some good news for worried parents whose small children have ingested a LEGO (or two). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Six people swallowed LEGOs and pored through their own poo for science," 24 Nov. 2018 There’s naloxone on hand in case a drug-sniffing dog accidentally ingests narcotics. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Is There a Crisis at the Border?," 5 Nov. 2018 But there are also far more lurid definitions in common parlance: Ralphing means upchucking from drink, boufing is ingesting alcohol anally (not kidding here, look it up), and the triangle is a three-way consisting of two men and one woman. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Ralphing, Boufing, and the Devil’s Triangle," 30 Sep. 2018 By feeding on small animals such as mice, chipmunks, squirrels or certain birds that are infected, the tick will ingest the bacteria and can transmit them to their next food source. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reducing your risk of Lyme disease as the threat increases," 10 July 2018 The offspring of the rats that ingested marijuana during pregnancy showed slowed development. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development," 20 Nov. 2018 The new model is meant to expedite the marketing process, helping the company ingest data and then quickly create content informed by that data. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "J.M. Smucker Revamps Marketing Strategy to Keep Up With Changes, Spur Growth," 29 Oct. 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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The first known use of ingest was in 1620

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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