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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web Joseph now tracks his daily fiber intake, and concentrates on getting sufficient amounts from food sources, rather than supplements. Elizabeth Millard, Time, 18 Jan. 2023 The altitude in Park City can be a doozy, so get ahead of it by doubling your daily water intake. Zack Sharf, Variety, 17 Jan. 2023 Jail and health staffers noticed Price was visibly thinner, having dropped more than 30 pounds since his intake. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2023 Alcohol withdrawal is a medical issue that occurs when a person accustomed to regular alcohol consumption either decreases their intake or cuts it off entirely, according to information from the National Institutes of Health. Andi Babineau, CNN, 13 Jan. 2023 There are no calorie restrictions or tracking of your intake, and it is not intended for weight loss. Good Housekeeping, 13 Jan. 2023 With Damp January, people make rules around alcohol consumption, ultimately limiting their intake over 31 days. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 1 Jan. 2023 As a result, Strange must bump up his caloric intake. Nicole Yang,, 30 Dec. 2022 Proponents of a ketogenic diet often recommend limiting your carb intake between 20 to 30 grams per day in order to maintain ketosis. Melissa Matthews, Men's Health, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

Medical Definition


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

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