in·​take | \ ˈin-ˌtāk How to pronounce intake (audio) \

Definition of intake

1 : an opening through which fluid enters an enclosure
2a : a taking in
b(1) : the amount taken in
(2) : something (such as energy) taken in : input

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Synonyms & Antonyms for intake




output, outturn, production, throughput

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Examples of intake in a Sentence

You should limit your daily intake of fats and sugars. a larger intake of fluids the recommended daily intakes of selected vitamins a sudden intake of breath
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That wouldn’t work in a car with an engine because the engine would require both a higher front profile and air-intake vents. Fortune, "Electric Car Gold Rush: The Auto Industry Charges Into China," 20 Aug. 2019 While the air intake vents sit on the machine's bottom, the air output vents are located on the hinge. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one," 6 July 2019 The office serves as the intake center for complaints against Portland police and also reviews bureau actions and tactics., "Former prosecutor selected to lead Portland’s police oversight division," 1 July 2019 The intake center would offer case management and medical assistance, and employees there would work to place people in the supportive housing units established by the city. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "What Pete Buttigieg Has and Hasn’t Done About Homelessness in South Bend," 24 June 2019 There's integrated stone-deflecting protection around the engine and air intakes and carbon fiber mudguards. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato might be the rugged supercar of your dreams," 7 June 2019 On Thursday, first lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to a shelter and border intake center in Texas. Skyler Swisher,, "Nelson, Wasserman Schultz say they will be allowed inside Homestead shelter for migrant teens," 21 June 2018 Last year, the intake center helped more than 5,300 people petition for emergency and interpersonal protective orders. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "After January spike in domestic homicide, mother of two victims warns others: 'Don't wait'," 22 Feb. 2018 Also, keep in mind that there are approximately 7,000 things that can affect your ability to fall and stay asleep besides nighttime eating—caffeine intake, exercise, sleep habits, anxiety, sleep disorders. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Late-Night Snacking Really So Wrong?," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of intake

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intake

: the amount of something (such as food or drink) that is taken into your body
: the act of taking something (such as air) into your body
: a place or part where liquid or air enters something (such as an engine)


in·​take | \ ˈin-ˌtāk How to pronounce intake (audio) \

Kids Definition of intake

1 : the act of taking in … he breathed again, feeling the sharp intake of frigid air.— Lois Lowry, The Giver
2 : something taken in Limit your daily sugar intake.
3 : a place where liquid or air is taken into something (as a pump)


in·​take | \ ˈin-ˌtāk How to pronounce intake (audio) \

Medical Definition of intake

1 : the act or process of taking in intake and exhalation of gases
2 : the amount taken in reduce fluid intake to four cups daily— D. R. Zimmerman

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