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.

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

Related Words for intake

absorption, profit, admission, input

Examples from the Web for intake

Contemporary Examples of intake

Historical Examples of intake

  • For example, there is neither an intake or exhaust manifold on the motor.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • With an intake of the breath, the medium started, straightened, opened her eyes.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Then, with an intake of the breath and of understanding, he lowered them.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • All we had to do was rebuild the intake dam and clean out the ditch.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • He could get the odor faintly through the intake valve of his helmet.


    William Morrison

British Dictionary definitions for intake



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper