input

noun
in·​put | \ ˈin-ˌpu̇t \

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

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

Peachtree Corners is seeking citizen input as the city works to update its 2033 Comprehensive Plan. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Peachtree Corners seeks input to help shape comprehensive plan," 20 June 2018 The City Council endorsed a preliminary set of guidelines Monday night and is ready to seek input from residents on the contentious issue of teardowns and new home rebuilds. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Teardowns have divided Prairie Village. Now residents have a chance to weigh in," 6 June 2018 When planning significant changes to educational programs, school committees, superintendents, and principals seek input from parents, students, teachers, and the community. BostonGlobe.com, "Should the Legislature adopt the bill aimed at modernizing sex education in Massachusetts?," 1 June 2018 That plan also backfired and caused Guerrero to apologize, just weeks into his new job, for not seeking the community's input before presenting that plan. Bethany Barnes, OregonLive.com, "Once again, Portland Public School botches community outreach over school relocation," 30 May 2018 At the beginning of the search process, the board held public meetings seeking input about what the community would like to see in a new superintendent. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford school board enters final phases of superintendent selection," 22 May 2018 Photo: Tu Yifan/Xinhua/Zuma Press MBS, as Prince Mohammed is known, politely thanked Mr. Branson for his input. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Investors Fret Over Khashoggi Killing but Still Maintain Saudi Ties," 26 Dec. 2018 Share your ideas with friends and family members to get their input, or consult the many online resources, including national databases and local reference guides that sort and rate charitable organizations. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "Beyond Giving Tuesday: How to Make a Giving Plan and Why You Need One," 26 Nov. 2018 Jesy then shared that they were also discouraged to give their creative input in music videos and writing. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Little Mix Opened Up About the Racism and Sexism They've Faced in the Music Industry," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The doctor can also input the results of the patient’s urinalysis; a negative drug test gives them another opportunity to spin the prize wheel, Dr. Maricich says (in addition to the voucher reward). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 Here's how to download your personal cache of Apple data: Navigate to the Privacy Portal and input your Apple ID. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "What Data Does Apple Have on You? Here's How to Download It and Find Out," 18 Oct. 2018 The place to start when looking for a plan is healthcare.gov, which will ask you to input your zip code. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Heads Up: You Can Still Sign Up for Obamacare and Open Enrollment Is Going On Right Now," 14 Nov. 2018 People need to input a special code to get access to those free calls. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "How a Child Moves Through a Broken Immigration System," 20 June 2018 Visit a local RV Show Click here and input your city and state to find the show closest to you. Fox News, "Tiny Trailers - Big Dreams," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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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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