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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All fluids count toward your daily intake, not just plain old H20. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 One important thing to look at is water intake, as dehydration can cause headaches. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 29 Dec. 2018 Supercharged V-8s put their blowers in the vee of the block, close to the intake valves. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lake X: Mercury Marine's Secret Boat Testing Site," 27 Dec. 2018 Normal daily caloric intake needs, depending on your age, weight, activity level, and a slew of other factors, are usually 1,800 to 2,400 for the whole day. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 2018 Travelers are asked to record their state of mind and food and beverage intake throughout the stages of travel, while medical-grade devices monitor their sleep, activity, and posture. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Qantas Is Going the Extra Mile to Fight Jet Lag," 17 Sep. 2018 In San Diego, our first stop was to file our report to the project’s intake personnel. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The History Channel’s scripted ‘Project Blue Book’ arrives later this year," 23 July 2018 The former supervisor estimated that, during the shelter’s peak intake in the winter of 2016-17, about 500 children were arriving and 500 more were leaving every week. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Harsh prison or cushy camp? Ex-staffers have different takes on life at Homestead shelter," 11 July 2018 Additionally, not every state prison performed testing during intake or does routine testing. Washington Post, "State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C," 9 July 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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a servile follower or underling

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