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
ingestion \ in-​ˈjes-​chən How to pronounce ingestion (audio) , -​ˈjesh-​ \ noun
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 Host James Corden and his guest Arnold Schwarzenegger both took turns answering questions about the first family rather than ingest less-than-mouthwatering treats like a bug trifle or Vienna sausage juice shooter. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "James Corden recalls confronting Ivanka Trump at a wedding: 'You can do something'," 31 Oct. 2019 On the dance floor, guests ingest opium with lolling tongues, then variously pop their booties and walk a quadrille. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“Dickinson,” from Apple TV+, Is Deeply Weird and Dazzles Gradually," 31 Oct. 2019 Ketamine is available in a couple of different forms: It can be administered through an IV or ingested via a nasal spray called esketamine. Allegra Ringo, Allure, "The Complete Guide to Ketamine Therapy for Depression, From Someone Who’s Tried It," 30 Oct. 2019 Chocolate can kill them, depending on your dog’s size and the amount and type of chocolate ingested. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Don’t push pets to celebrate Halloween," 25 Oct. 2019 Below Mount Polley, salmon returns have not significantly declined, but researchers are watching for effects of fish-eating organisms that ingest copper from the sunken tailings. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 He and Ortiz reportedly tested positive for performance enhancers in 2003, though both denied knowingly ingesting anything improper., "to crack down on teams wrongly exploiting the player development system," 29 Sep. 2019 The McGill University researchers said it's not known yet whether ingesting the micro- and nanoplastics could have adverse impacts on human health. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Tea bags may release billions of microplastics into your cup of tea, scientists say," 27 Sep. 2019 Their conclusion: The athletes needed to be ingesting far more sodium. New York Times, "Football Players? Or Lab Rats Who Can Run and Pass?," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Nov 2019

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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 How to pronounce ingest (audio) \

Medical Definition of ingest

: to take in for or as if for digestion

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