[ in-poot ]
See synonyms for: inputinputtedinputting on

  1. something that is put in.

  2. the act or process of putting in.

  1. the power or energy supplied to a machine.

  2. the current or voltage applied to an electric or electronic circuit or device.: Compare output (def. 4).

  3. Computers.

    • data to be entered into a computer for processing.

    • the process of introducing data into the internal storage of a computer.

  4. contribution of information, ideas, opinions, or the like: Before making a decision we need your input.

  5. the available data for solving a technical problem.

  6. Scot. a monetary contribution, as to charity.

  1. 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.
  1. Computers. to enter (data) into a computer for processing.

  2. 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. 2023

How to use input in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for input


/ (ˈɪnˌpʊt) /

  1. the act of putting in

  2. that which is put in

  1. (often plural) a resource required for industrial production, such as capital goods, labour services, raw materials, etc

  2. electronics

    • the signal or current fed into a component or circuit

    • the terminals, or some other point, to which the signal is applied

  3. computing the data fed into a computer from a peripheral device

  4. (modifier) of or relating to electronic, computer, or other input

verb-puts, -putting, -put or -putted
  1. (tr) to insert (data) into a computer

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