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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the initiative faced consistent pushback: Some councilors grew upset over their lack of input in the plan, while business owners lamented the stations in front of their store shops. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis mulls options for buying BlueIndy electric charging stations," 12 Feb. 2020 Many other precincts have been plagued by the relatively simpler issue of numbers input into wrong columns—a problem the Iowa Dems have been methodically fixing. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, "The Iowa Caucuses Were a Complete Mess—and We Did the Math to Prove It," 7 Feb. 2020 Vollrath estimates that about two-thirds of the recent slowdown in G.D.P. growth can be accounted for by the decline in the growth of labor inputs. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?," 3 Feb. 2020 Why weren’t two sources of input used as in the past, since this could easily have been done? WSJ, "Boeing’s Fatal Error Was Single Data Input," 26 Jan. 2020 According to NBC News, not only was Wakanda listed on the website, but there were hundreds of data inputs for the fictional country — including details on tariffs for fresh vegetables, unroasted coffee beans, essential oils and livestock. Helen Murphy,, "U.S. Government Briefly Listed Black Panther's Fictional Nation of Wakanda as a Trade Partner," 19 Dec. 2019 But once that got nixed — like Missouri, there was plenty of trustee input at Arkansas — and Drinkwitz declined Arkansas’ offer, there were very few candidates left that Arkansas was sure would say yes. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "The openings have been filled but college football's coaching carousel might still be turning," 19 Dec. 2019 There were hundreds of data inputs for Wakanda, a nation that first appeared in the July 1966 Marvel comic Fantastic Four #52 and is home to superhero Black Panther. NBC News, "USDA tariff tracker removes Wakanda, fictional home of Black Panther, as free trade partner," 18 Dec. 2019 How high depends on the availability and cost of substitute inputs. Charles Hankla, Quartz, "How the US-China trade war will affect your Christmas shopping," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The important advantage is that reporters can input the data into pre-existing forms that transmit the moment communications resumed — and certain media companies sold access to that early data. NBC News, "Labor Department nixes early access to economic data for the media," 17 Jan. 2020 But a failure to correctly input this data can also damage the perception of authenticity within communities of genres. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 Industrial managers would input data which would then be centrally analysed; instructions for any necessary changes would be sent back. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019 Patent filings made public in October 2018 described a currency that would require banks making loans to input details about borrowers and interest rates before funds could be transferred. Washington Post, "Why China’s Rushing to Mint Its Own Digital Currency," 19 Sep. 2019 After customers input their Social Security numbers and dates of birth into Apple's system, Citizens performs a credit check. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Is Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program Worth It?," 10 Sep. 2019 Veterinarians have access to the system, according to the audit, but don’t have to use it, either to check on prescriptions clients have received or to input their own data for other prescribers or state health officials to use. oregonlive, "Lax tracking of veterinary drugs in Oregon draws scathing rebuke from state auditors," 14 Nov. 2019 As an added benefit, the school district can also input its own additional restrictions in the case of custodial issues or restraining orders, Morrow said. Emily Brindley,, "New security measures in West Hartford schools will scan visitors through sex offender registry," 25 Oct. 2019 However, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. Washington Post, "Destination remains obscure for Iran oil tanker sought by US," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of input was in 1653

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“Input.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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



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

: to enter (information) into a computer


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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