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 At the same time cutting down forests, building cities and roads, and otherwise transforming the surface has impaired the planet’s ability to ingest carbon. National Geographic, "Earth's rocks can absorb a shocking amount of carbon: here’s how," 24 Oct. 2019 Due to its ability to ingest and analyze much larger volumes of data than humans can, machine learning offers the possibility of discovering—and mitigating—these problems more effectively than any number of humans could. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Harnessing machine learning to make managing your storage less of a chore," 19 Sep. 2019 One doesn't have to ingest coachspeak to believe Golladay can eclipse his 2018 target mark. C.d. Carter, Sports Illustrated, "Kenny Golladay is Fantasy Football's Sleeping Giant," 4 June 2019 Up to 60 people were decontaminated after possible exposure to the mercury, can be dangerous when ingested or inhaled. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Man in custody after mercury spill in west Houston sparks massive response," 16 Dec. 2019 When inhaled or ingested, asbestos fibers can become trapped in the body, and may eventually cause genetic damage to the body's cells. Elizabeth Wolfe And Brian Ries, CNN, "A Canadian city with a toxic name searches for a new identity," 29 Nov. 2019 Published Wednesday in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology, the research likely accounts for a fraction of what Americans actually inhale or ingest. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Average Americans eat, inhale thousands of tiny plastic pieces every year, study says," 6 June 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if inhaled or ingested, ricin can cause vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory problems. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Two Letters Sent to the Pentagon Test Positive for Ricin," 2 Oct. 2018 Such long objects, if ingested, tend to travel lengthwise along the intestines. Iris Katz,, "Pet Wise: A guide to finding safe toys for dogs and cats," 19 Oct. 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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The first known use of ingest was in 1620

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ingest.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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How to pronounce ingest (audio)

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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