input

noun
in·​put | \ˈin-ˌpu̇t \

Definition of input 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is put in: such as

a : advice, opinion, comment

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

input

verb
inputted or input; inputting

Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for input

Synonyms: Noun

intake

Antonyms: Noun

output, outturn, production, throughput

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As late as lunchtime on Sunday at Bedminster, Trump was asking friends – including Fox News host Sean Hannity and Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy – for their input. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 As late as lunchtime on Sunday at Bedminster, Trump was asking friends — including Fox News host Sean Hannity and Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy — for their input. Ashley Parker And Robert Costa, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Trump's sometimes wavering decision on Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 All the team and the back room applaud our input to the game. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Coach of England wins the nation’s heart by being a nice guy," 10 July 2018 People wanted me for my input on trans issues and... Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Brandon Studler Discusses Life as the Only Openly Transgender Person Working on Capitol Hill," 29 June 2018 Councilman Kevin Kramer, vice chairman of the budget panel, emphasized that their input increased accountability in parts of Fischer's budget where it was needed. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "See what Metro Council changed in Mayor Greg Fischer's budget plan," 27 June 2018 At that meeting, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson sought to reassure the women that the company is working with housekeepers from around the country to get their input. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Marriott hotel workers will hit the streets to demand better pay, working conditions," 26 June 2018 Calamos Senior Vice President Ken Witkowski said the developer plans to Monarch Landing residents informed on what’s happening and getting input. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Hockey/entertainment center north of I-88 would be 'great addition' to Naperville, commission says," 21 June 2018 The firm solicits input from investors who track its indexes. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Argentina to Join Widely Watched Emerging Markets Index By MSCI," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The most obvious way to type is to set the tablet down flat on a surface and use one finger to input text. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 The issue was a result of Colley failing to input the Appalachian State–Western Illinois FCS playoff game that week—a small mistake, but one that still effected an order that helped determine bowl pairings. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018 For years, taxpayers followed the instructions and carefully worked their way down the form, using pens to input information on the 1040 and mailing the paper to the government with a check or a request for a refund. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "There’s a New 1040 Tax Form. Will Millions of E-Filers Even Notice?," 29 June 2018 Go to the House and Senate's official websites to input your zip code or state and find out who represents you. refinery29.com, "How You Can Help Keep Abortion Safe & Legal In Light Of Justice Kennedy Retiring," 28 June 2018 Until Wednesday, apps that let people input Facebook events into their calendars could also automatically import lists of all the people who attended the events, Facebook said. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook hackers likely hit most users," 5 Apr. 2018 Until Wednesday, apps that let people input a Facebook event into their calendar could also automatically import lists of all the people who attended that event, Facebook said. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Personal data of nearly 2 billion users collected and shared with outsiders, Facebook says," 4 Apr. 2018 The settlement paperwork says the scheme started in 2011, which included the forging of physician signatures to input claims. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Medicare scheme costs group running Cobb, Buckhead nursing homes $30M," 9 June 2018 Home-loan shoppers input their exact specifications, and the platform’s lender-matching technology will return a list of lenders who deal in that specific type of loan. Arnie Aurellano, USA TODAY, "Finding the best mortgage lender for a home loan is easier than you think," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of input

Noun

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of input was in 1653

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input

noun

English Language Learners Definition of input

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: advice or opinions that help someone make a decision

: information that is put into a computer

: something (such as power or energy) that is put into a machine or system

input

verb

English Language Learners Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (information) into a computer

input

noun
in·​put | \ˈin-ˌpu̇t \

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

input

verb
inputted or input; inputting

Kids Definition of input (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (as data) into a computer

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