intake

noun in·take \ ˈin-ˌtāk \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of intake

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

  1. You should limit your daily intake of fats and sugars.

  2. a larger intake of fluids

  3. the recommended daily intakes of selected vitamins

  4. a sudden intake of breath

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First Known Use of intake

15th century

intake Synonyms



INTAKE Defined for English Language Learners

intake

noun

Definition of intake for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


INTAKE Defined for Kids

intake

noun in·take \ ˈin-ˌtāk \

Definition of intake for Students

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)

Medical Dictionary

intake

noun 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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