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 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 Wildlife advocates say that balloon releases, which have typically been used as a display for memorials or celebrations, have become an environmental nuisance as birds and marine animals can ingest or become entangled in the balloon litter., 13 July 2021 Individuals who ingest methanol are also at risk of blindness and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported 15 cases in two states last summer., 5 July 2021 After rodents like rats and mice ingest even a small amount, warfarin causes fatal internal hemorrhaging. Stephen Ornes, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 Larger companies would rely on tools to read data via API and ingest it to some dashboard. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 7 May 2021 For example, the digital data architecture of a modern digital factory allows users to ingest unstructured file data directly from applications, including media, dense images, sensor data, video, geological and genomic data. Ben Gitenstein, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Although anyone who ingests these products is at risk, the biggest concern is that kids or adolescents might ingest the hand sanitizer as a substitute for alcohol, the FDA says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 29 Apr. 2021 The silverfish eat through the pack and ingest the poison inside. Samantha Lawyer, Country Living, 8 June 2021 Exactly how often pets ingest toxic plants varies throughout the country, depending on climate and most common plantings, said Jerry Klein, the American Kennel Club’s chief veterinary officer. Washington Post, 3 June 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Ingest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingest

: to take (something, such as food) into your body : to swallow (something)


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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