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 The library board will first prioritize the library's needs and then ask for public input in the form of focus groups and surveys by February. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2021 In March of this year, the city conducted its own survey, asking about four thousand residents and business owners for input on its proposals for the future of the Square. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 As part of the planning process, the cities are asking for public input. Megan Becka, cleveland, 2 July 2021 This is where an independent commission can be tapped for input in individual circumstances and for guidance as to general rules. Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 Implement working sessions to socialize the results with internal stakeholders to allow for input and identify specific actions that can be taken to inform marketing and sales plans. Lilah Raynor, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Biden has opened the door for input to other key allies in bilateral meetings and conversations on the margins over the last several days. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 15 June 2021 Ledecky and co-owner Scott Malkin asked Trotz and players for input on the schematics, with questions as granular as where to put the dentist chair. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 14 June 2021 Ahead of the vote, Florida education officials toured the state for a series of community meetings for input on the state's academic standards. Emily Bloch, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The analog sticks on the controllers input random commands even when the player is not touching them. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 12 July 2021 That strays from the data on Spector's ZOE app, which asks users to input their experiences with Covid-19 and shares data with King's College London and the NHS. Rob Picheta, CNN, 30 June 2021 The website allowed people to input a city and see another city that its climate would resemble in the future., 29 June 2021 The risk assessment portal provides an option for individuals to input their location and determine the threat level for their specific location. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2021 Many frustrated applicants complained of being stymied by computer glitches, including rampant problems trying to input passwords, income amounts, even names., 27 May 2021 The pop-up messages also try to convince victims to input two-factor authentication codes while blocking access to the computer. Chris Smith, BGR, 20 May 2021 To enter, viewers have to tune in to Wheel of Fortune each night this week, take note of the Bonus Round puzzle solution, and input it at for an entry. Lauren Huff,, 28 Apr. 2021 Nearly a decade later, a website was developed where people could input addresses on a map for emergences of other cicada broods across the country. Sarah Bowman, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Jul 2021

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“Input.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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