in·​take | \ˈin-ˌtāk \

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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The notice of intent to sue alleges the hotel’s use of a cooling water intake structure that takes water from the Chicago River, likely traps or kills fish and other wildlife. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Supreme Court to rehear moose-hunting case with wider implications for Alaska," 19 June 2018 Don’t just monitor your water intake—think about your urine output, too. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Why Some Runs Suck and What You Can Do About It," 10 May 2018 Adequate water intake helps with kidney and bowel function and is especially important for those on seizure medications or experiencing a urinary tract infection. Paul Sisson,, "Medical know-how for the family caregiver," 24 Apr. 2018 As the plume floated by, Louisville Water Co. closed its drinking water intakes to safeguard the city's water supply. Carrie Blackmore Smith,, "'Human error' caused barge to crack in half and spill fertilizer into the Ohio River," 4 Apr. 2018 Until now, only the Western Basin's shoreline and drinking water intakes were designated impaired. James F. Mccarty,, "Lake Erie's Western Basin "impaired," ending years of resistence by Kasich administration," 22 Mar. 2018 Until now, the state had designated only shoreline waters and a small area near Toledo's water intake pipe as impaired. CBS News, "Toxic algae leads Ohio to designate western Lake Erie as "impaired"," 22 Mar. 2018 The researchers are now hoping to investigate other ways the body monitors water intake. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "You Get Thirsty and Drink. How Does Your Brain Signal You’ve Had Enough?," 28 Feb. 2018 Increase your water intake by eating more soup, fresh fruits and vegetables. Tehrene Firman, Redbook, "14 Surprising Things That Are Making You Tired," 20 Oct. 2017

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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 \

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 \

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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