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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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 This engagement layer provides a single, comprehensive intake process to avoid the creation of duplicate apps. Rajeev Sethi, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The move was intended to speed up the intake process, to avoid back-ups when the jail started housing people arrested by Cleveland police. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 7 Sep. 2021 An adult on the team’s traveling party had tested positive for COVID-19 during intake testing that was conducted four days earlier. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 The intake process involved a screening by Southwest Key, the nonprofit that runs long-term facilities for unaccompanied migrant children in San Diego County and along the southwest border. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 For that, he was put in an isolation cell, which follows other inmates’ complaints, as detainees say they are being held in intake for a week or more without basic services or medical attention. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 22 Sep. 2021 Fluctuations in caffeine intake are known for tripping the headache wire. Sarah Garone,, 13 Sep. 2021 In recent months, the average length of stay at the emergency intake sites has declined and the Department of Health and Human Services has shut down some sites and worked to improve conditions in others. Amy Taxin And Julie Watson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 The first results of 2021 intake testing released by MLB and the players' association revealed nine players and four staffers tested positive, with a positivity rate of 0.3% among 4,336 samples. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of intake

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Oct 2021

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“Intake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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