intake

noun

in·​take ˈin-ˌtāk How to pronounce intake (audio)
1
: an opening through which fluid enters an enclosure
2
a
: a taking in
b(1)
: the amount taken in
(2)
: something (such as energy) taken in : input

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Intake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intake. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

intake

noun
in·​take ˈin-ˌtāk How to pronounce intake (audio)
1
: a place where liquid or air is taken into something (as a pump)
2
: the act of taking in
an intake of breath
3
: something taken in
inadequate food intake

Medical Definition

intake

noun
in·​take ˈin-ˌtāk How to pronounce intake (audio)
1
: the act or process of taking in
intake and exhalation of gases
2
: the amount taken in
reduce fluid intake to four cups dailyD. R. Zimmerman

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