[ in-jest ]
See synonyms for: ingestingestedingestion on

verb (used with object)
  1. to take, as food, into the body (opposed to egest).

  2. Aeronautics. to draw (foreign matter) into the inlet of a jet engine, often causing damage to the engine.

Origin of ingest

First recorded in 1610–20; from Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere “to throw or pour into”; see in-2, gest

Other words from ingest

  • in·gest·i·ble, adjective
  • in·ges·tion, noun
  • in·ges·tive, adjective
  • re·in·gest, verb (used with object)
  • un·in·gest·ed, adjective
  • un·in·ges·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ingest in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ingest


/ (ɪnˈdʒɛst) /

  1. to take (food or liquid) into the body

  2. (of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)

Origin of ingest

C17: from Latin ingerere to put into, from in- ² + gerere to carry; see gest

Derived forms of ingest

  • ingestible, adjective
  • ingestion, noun
  • ingestive, adjective

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