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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The plans factor in dietary guidelines and food intake recommendations. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Over 725K Hoosiers receive food stamps in August, but that aid may not meet their needs," 19 Oct. 2020 Thus, air will have a straight-line flow, through the intake and straight back to the compressor. Kevin V. Brown, Popular Mechanics, ""A Hot New Fighter for the Navy": PM Meets the F-14," 8 Oct. 2020 Elias was especially grateful that the Orioles generally avoided the virus impacting their roster, with a handful of cases discovered during preseason intake testing and no positive tests during the campaign. Nathan Ruiz,, "As shortened campaign nears its end, Orioles brace for offseason of uncertainty: ‘We’re just going to take it as it comes’," 26 Sep. 2020 For use in the Z-car, Nissan engineers have retuned this engine with slightly hotter camshafts and freer-flowing intake and exhaust systems. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2003 Nissan 350Z Returns to Its Roots," 16 Sep. 2020 Scientists have yet to verify another species for which increased food intake causes limb growth. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Sea Anemones Grow Limbs When They Eat," 15 Sep. 2020 Stanke plans to return on Sept. 3 to Minnesota for coronavirus intake testing, with the hopes of being on the field soon with his teammates. Paul Johnson,, "Marmion graduate Chase Stanke follows up canceled college season at Minnesota with strong showing in Northwoods League: ‘It was cool.’," 21 Aug. 2020 Eleven attorneys signed the initial letter to Joseph, Taler and Gina E. Polley, the deputy chief counsel, asking for changes to the reopening policy, which required in-person intake and 50 percent capacity in the offices. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Legal Aid lawyers pushed back against office reopening plans. A week later, they were fired.," 13 Aug. 2020 Instead, a club spokesman said only that players are still going through COVID-19 intake testing protocols. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "No sign of Rangers’ Joey Gallo, Ronald Guzman for second consecutive day of Summer Camp," 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of intake

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intake was in the 15th century

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22 Oct 2020

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“Intake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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