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From Latin ingerō (I carry in).



ingest (third-person singular simple present ingests, present participle ingesting, simple past and past participle ingested)

  1. (transitive) To take (a substance, e.g., food) into the body of an organism, especially through the mouth and into the gastrointestinal tract.
  2. (aviation, transitive, by extension, of a jet engine) To cause (an undesired object or fluid) to enter the engine, generally via the intake.
    The plane's engine ingested a large bird and flamed out.
  3. (transitive) To bring or import into a system.
    • 2013, R. L. Grossman, C. Kamath, P. Kegelmeyer, Data Mining for Scientific and Engineering Applications, page 176:
      While this might seem like more than enough computing power for these purposes, the same machine is also used to ingest, archive and distribute TRMM data to the user community.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in labelling of chemical products. Common phrase: "Do not ingest", meaning "Do not take in / Do not swallow".


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ingest (uncountable)

  1. The process of importing data or other material into a system.
    • 2007, Edmund A. Williams, National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook:
      Film is a physical, photochemical medium that requires a significant transformation process for ingest into the electronic/digital domain of television.
    • 2013, Michael Heaney, Catriona Jeanne Cannon, Transforming the Bodleian, page 78:
      Material received by the BSF for ingest into storage, and the items being picked and refilled, are all processed in an ancillary hall next to the high-density storage area.