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 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 That's not the healthiest mix to ingest, as Barnard explains in his book. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Why are there international pleas to eat more cheese? It melts the brain, so to speak," 2 June 2020 The insects didn’t seem to be carrying off the bits of leaves to their nests or ingesting them. Virginia Morell, National Geographic, "Bumblebees bite plants to make them flower early, surprising scientists," 21 May 2020 The Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, working at Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, first synthesized LSD in 1938, and ingested it five years later. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 As different populations strive for cures, Iranian media reported nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened by ingesting methanol as a purported safeguard against the disease. Matt Sedensky, Kevin Mcgill And David Rising, Anchorage Daily News, "UK’s Johnson virus positive as new outbreaks appear in US," 28 Mar. 2020 The four animals all died of the same cause: liver failure brought on by ingesting water contaminated with toxic blue-green algae. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Dog-killing toxic algae discovered in 3 New York City parks," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ingest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 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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