- the place or opening at which a fluid is taken into a channel, pipe, etc.
- an act or instance of taking in: an intake of oxygen.
- something that is taken in.
- a quantity taken in: an intake of 50 gallons a minute.
- a narrowing; contraction.
Origin of intake
First recorded in 1515–25; noun use of verb phrase take in
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for intake
Similarly, the results of this study should not drastically increase your intake of Indian food.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
By law, Social Security will stop paying benefits in excess of its intake as soon as the "trust fund" is exhausted.Our Demographic Decline
December 4, 2012
When Strauss-Kahn crossed that bridge, he was delivered to Intake—or, as we inmates call it, “the bullpen.”Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Life in Jail at Rikers Island
May 17, 2011
Her husband takes comfort in the relative peace afforded by an intake of troubled adolescents.The Best of Brit Lit
February 17, 2010
For example, there is neither an intake or exhaust manifold on the motor.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
With an intake of the breath, the medium started, straightened, opened her eyes.
Then, with an intake of the breath and of understanding, he lowered them.
All we had to do was rebuild the intake dam and clean out the ditch.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
He could get the odor faintly through the intake valve of his helmet.Divinity
- a thing or a quantity taken inan intake of students
- the act of taking in
- the opening through which fluid enters a duct or channel, esp the air inlet of a jet engine
- a ventilation shaft in a mine
- a contraction or narrowingan intake in a garment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for intake
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper