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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Before embarking on a career in the New York inspector general’s office, Lipari was an administrator with the Citizen Review Board in Syracuse, N.Y., handling complaint intake, internal and public reporting and community outreach. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Ex-history instructor nominated to post overseeing Chicago police reform efforts," 12 July 2018 The doctor can talk to you about your child's fluid intake, bowel and bladder habits and family history. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "7 ways to bed-wetting to rest for your child," 2 July 2018 That extra $15,000 gets you some exterior design tweaks, like deeper outboard air intakes, fog lights, and some satin chrome detailing on the front grille. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018 That led to the intake form as a jumping-off point for the libretto. Special To The Oregonian,, "Orchestral piece about homelessness asks audience to imagine trying to find shelter," 5 May 2018 My caloric intake, the calories burned during exercise, the deficit between the two. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Why I Started Posting My Weight on Social Media," 31 Aug. 2016 To stay healthy, remember use sunscreen, stay hydrated, and limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "A Dangerous Heat Wave Is Coming to the Northeast This Weekend," 29 June 2018 Additionally, roughly 38% of in-home drinkers are choosing to drink at home in order to better control their alcohol intake. Sarah Midkiff,, "New Study Shows Millennials Aren’t Drinking In Bars & Everyone Has An Opinion On It," 9 June 2018 Increasing your dietary intake of foods high in EPA/DHA is one way to get the amount of Omega-3s that your body needs. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "What everyone should know about Omega-3s," 1 June 2018

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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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