[ in-teyk ]
See synonyms for intake on
  1. the place or opening at which a fluid is taken into a channel, pipe, etc.

  2. an act or instance of taking in: an intake of oxygen.

  1. something that is taken in.

  2. a quantity taken in: an intake of 50 gallons a minute.

  3. a narrowing; contraction.

Origin of intake

First recorded in 1515–25; noun use of verb phrase take in Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for intake


/ (ˈɪnˌteɪk) /

  1. a thing or a quantity taken in: an intake of students

  2. the act of taking in

  1. the opening through which fluid enters a duct or channel, esp the air inlet of a jet engine

  2. a ventilation shaft in a mine

  3. a contraction or narrowing: an intake in a garment

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