in·​put | \ ˈin-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce input (audio) \

Definition of input

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is put in: such as
b : information fed into a data processing system or computer
c : power or energy put into a machine or system for storage, conversion in kind, or conversion of characteristics usually with the intent of sizable recovery in the form of output
d : an amount put in increased input of fertilizer increases crop yield
e : a stimulus that acts on and is integrated into a bodily system sensory input
f : a component of production (such as land, labor, or raw materials)
2 : the means by which or the point at which an input (as of energy, material, or data) is made
3 : the act or process of putting in


inputted or input; inputting

Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter (data) into a computer or data processing system

Synonyms & Antonyms for input

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of input in a Sentence

Noun I need your input on what to have for dinner. She provided some valuable input at the start of the project. The computer gets its input from a keyboard or mouse. This VCR has several audio inputs. The job will require a considerable input of money. The data is ready for input into a computer. Verb She inputted the sales figures into the spreadsheet. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Venezuelan officials said the decision was made without their knowledge or input. Diana Durán, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 The tech is meant to work in the background, controlling each part of an industrial or residential building’s functions, without needing the human input that smart devices require. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 Voters shouldn’t want to support the city’s ability to impose unlimited additional fees with no further voter input (like our water and sewer fees). Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 With a circular relationship between the input and the outputs of the financial engineering, the stability of the system was something of an illusion. Jemma Green, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Popular Mechanics presents these bike racks based on personal vehicle experience, in addition to review input from publications like AutoGuide, Wirecutter, and Bicycling magazine. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2022 Since launching with a $5,000 budget in 2017, the collection has grown to include mobile Wi-Fi hot spots, a rechargeable leaf blower, and a snow cone machine, all based on patron input. Roy Rivenburg, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2022 That's why Gyory and his cohorts designed the controller as a claw, with input attached to a slider that maps directly to the position of a ship onscreen. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Aug. 2022 These blocks reverberate in two directions for hospitals: On the input end, hospitals may need to transfer emergency patients who need to be admitted to the hospital but cannot because there is no space for them. Stephen Bohan, STAT, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Casey Clark said the app will allow users to input their locations and see crimes reported nearby. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 The rapper-singer will be teaming up with Cash App for an exclusive pre-sale that allows users to input the first 9-digits of their Cash Card as an early access code. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 26 Apr. 2022 The car locator feature will use cellphone location services to mark where guests parked their cars, or guests can input their parking information directly. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 That’s all in addition to the mandatory smartphone app where credential-holders are required to input their temperature and answer a list of questions about their health each day. Nathan Fenno Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 To find your nearest San Diego County library site, visit and input your ZIP code. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2022 Go to the Secretary of State’s website here and input your name and date of birth. Leada Gore |, al, 23 May 2022 Once the voice model was produced, creative teams were able to input text and fine-tune the performance. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 27 May 2022 Players that create custom pronouns will have to input different forms, including subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent and reflexive. Alyse Stanley, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of input


1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

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in·​put | \ ˈin-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce input (audio) \

Kids Definition of input

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something (as power, a signal, or data) that is put into a machine or system
2 : the point at which an input is made
3 : the act of or process of putting in the input of data


inputted or input; inputting

Kids Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (as data) into a computer

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