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 Opioids were clearly in the drugs that were ingested by the woman who overdosed because Narcan only restores people who are overdosing from opioids. Terry Demio,, "Woman overdoses, survives after drugs smuggled into Campbell County jail," 12 Mar. 2020 Pregnant women should avoid all strong herbs, and no plant should be ingested in excess by anyone at any time. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Munch on your flower garden: How to create a beautiful, edible landscape," 11 Mar. 2020 That chemical, sulfoxaflor, is absorbed into plants, where it can be ingested by pollinating bees. New York Times, "Beekeepers Confront the E.P.A. Over Pesticides," 12 Sep. 2019 Doctors called the idea dangerous and irresponsible, while state and local government agencies and disinfectant manufacturers warned the products should not be ingested or injected. NBC News, "Navy officials recommend reinstatement for ship commander," 28 Apr. 2020 The alcohol has received more attention in recent days as medical professionals warn people not to ingest it or bleach after Trump asked in a press briefing if disinfectants could be injected in the body to treat coronavirus. Washington Post, "Welcome to The Technology 202, our guide to the intersection of technology and politics.," 24 Apr. 2020 Since then, the U.S. surgeon general and Lysol have come out strongly discouraging people from trying to ingest the product. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says he was being sarcastic when he floated disinfectant as a coronavirus treatment," 24 Apr. 2020 The warnings were uniform: The cleaning products are extremely dangerous to ingest — potentially deadly — and no one should do so. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Makers of Clorox and Lysol Warn Against Ingesting Bleach and Disinfectants," 24 Apr. 2020 The warnings were uniform: The cleaning products are extremely dangerous to ingest — potentially deadly — and no one should do so. Alan Yuhas,, "Makers of Clorox and Lysol warn against ingesting bleach and disinfectants," 24 Apr. 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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ingest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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