[ in-teyk ]
/ ˈɪnˌteɪk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. intact,
  2. intact dilatation and extraction,
  3. intactly,
  4. intaglio,
  5. intail,
  6. intake manifold,
  7. intake valve,
  8. intangible,
  9. intarsia,
  10. intarsist

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for intake

British Dictionary definitions for intake


/ (ˈɪnˌteɪk) /


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
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Word Origin and History for intake



c.1800, "place where water is taken into a channel or pipe," from in + take. Meaning "act of taking in" (food, breath, etc.) is first attested 1808.

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