[ in-poo t ]
/ ˈɪnˌpʊt /



of or relating to data or equipment used for input: The goal is to reduce input costs.

verb (used with object), in·put·ted or in·put, in·put·ting.

Computers. to enter (data) into a computer for processing.
to contribute (ideas, information, or suggestions) to a project, discussion, etc.

Origin of input

First recorded in 1745–55; in-1 + put Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for input


/ (ˈɪnˌpʊt) /


verb -puts, -putting, -put or -putted

(tr) to insert (data) into a computer
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Word Origin and History for input



1793, "a sum (of cash) put in," from in + put. Computing sense of "data fed into a machine" is from 1948; the verb in the computing sense is attested from 1946. There was a Middle English verb input (late 14c.) meaning "to put in, place, set," but it died out long before this.

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