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
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
Recent Examples on the Web While plastics are widely known to injure and even kill wildlife, perhaps most notably birds and marine life, the impact of the material on the broader environment and in humans who ingest it is less studied. Kurtis Alexander,, "Plastic particles are raining from the sky — just another front for a pervasive pollutant," 23 June 2020 If a host animal has a blood-borne infection, the tick can ingest that pathogen during its blood meal. Karen Pallarito,, "11 Tick-Borne Diseases You Need to Know About This Summer," 25 June 2020 If items like masks and gloves end up in the ocean, species like seabirds and sea turtles might become entangled in them or ingest them, according to Mallos. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "Conservationists warn Covid waste may result in 'more masks than jellyfish' in the sea," 24 June 2020 While everyone who has been exposed to these products should seek treatment, the FDA says children who accidentally ingest the sanitizers or young people who drink them to substitute alcohol are more at risk of poisoning. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "FDA Warns These 9 Hand Sanitizers Could Be Toxic," 23 June 2020 Young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink them as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning, the FDA said. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "9 brands of hand sanitizer may be toxic, FDA warns," 23 June 2020 After police made contact with Hall, 35, and an investigation was completed, the actor was taken to Parker County Jail on charges of possession for use to inhale/ingest a volatile chemical. Nick Romano,, "The Little Rascals Alfalfa star arrested for huffing air duster," 23 June 2020 While the body can handle small amounts of it, usually found in fruits and vegetables and diet sodas containing aspartame, larger amounts can be dangerous to ingest. Asia Ewart,, "FDA Warns That These 9 Hand Sanitizer Brands May Contain Toxic Materials," 22 June 2020 The pink color in flamingos comes from carotenoids, the pigments that the flamingos ingest with their food, which include algae and crustaceans. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Pinker flamingos are more aggressive than their paler counterparts, a new study says," 8 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Ingest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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