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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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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Atkins has created a more relaxed plan (called Atkins 40) where Phase 1 begins with a daily carb intake of 40 grams. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "Keto vs. Atkins: Here's What RDs Say About Picking the Right Diet for You," 10 Dec. 2018 He was seen wading through the water as others on his boat called 911, then taking a watercraft with a clogged intake that left him stranded on a buoy in the middle of the lake, Traini said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Over pleas of victim’s family, man accused in fatal Mat-Su boat collision gets lower bail," 21 June 2018 People who ate lots of plant fats had a 16% lower risk of dying compared to those with lower intakes, while those who ate lots of animal fats had a 21% higher risk, compared to those who didn’t eat many of these foods. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Plant Fats Are Healthier Than Animal Fats, Study Says," 21 Mar. 2018 These researchers looked at subjects’ plasma levels of fatty acids associated with dairy intake. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Whole milk appears to actually be better for you than fat-free | Miami Herald," 22 Jan. 2018 Flax Packs: Travel messes with your daily fiber and vitamin intake. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge Travel Survival Pack," 6 Mar. 2012 Some studies have found that there’s virtually no difference between people who regularly practiced intermittent fasting and those who simply cut back their calorie intake overall. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 The jet was struck on the outside by one of the rounds, and the airplane’s engine intake swallowed at least some part of a 20-millimeter round. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Dutch F-16 Flew Into Its Own Gunfire," 8 Apr. 2019 The study, which the city plans to release Tuesday, says that the Build It Back program was plagued by problems from its inception and bogged down by hastily created intake centers and federal restrictions tied to funding. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City’s Sandy Rebuilding Program Was Plagued From the Start, Study Says," 11 Feb. 2019

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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 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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