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From English dialectal (Northern England/Scotland), deverbal of take in, equivalent to in- +‎ take. More at in-, take.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnteɪk/
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intake (countable and uncountable, plural intakes)

  1. The place where water, air or other fluid is taken into a pipe or conduit; opposed to outlet.
  2. The beginning of a contraction or narrowing in a tube or cylinder.
  3. The quantity taken in.
    the intake of air
    • 2016, Jayson Lusk, Unnaturally Delicious, →ISBN, page 74:
      In 2010 almost 120,000 people died prematurely and 108 million life years were lost—because of inadequate vitamin A intake.
  4. An act or instance of taking in.
    an intake of oxygen or food
    • 2022 November 24, T. Brown, “Frenchman wins the 'legal right to be boring at work'”, in Daily Mail Online[1], Associated Newspapers, retrieved 2022-11-27:
      The company wasn't allowed to make him 'forcibly participate in seminars and end-of-week drinks frequently ending up in excessive alcohol intake, encouraged by associates who made very large quantities of alcohol available', the court said.
  5. The people taken into an organisation or establishment at a particular time.
    the new intake of students
  6. The process of screening a juvenile offender to decide upon release or referral.
  7. A tract of land enclosed.
  8. (UK, dialect) Any kind of cheat or imposition; the act of taking someone in.

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intake (third-person singular simple present intakes, present participle intaking, simple past intook, past participle intaken)

  1. To take in or draw in; to bring in from outside.
    • 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt, press conference:
      Well, I "intook" the general situation west of the Mississippi because I did not get much of a chance to see things east of the Mississippi.
    • 1968, Margaret A. Sherald, NBS Special Publication, number 540, page 671:
      The particle concentration in the ascending hot current of the combustion product have[sic] been measured by intaking the current into the counter close to the sample plate in the furnace.
    • 2010, John Tyler, Diary of A Dieter, page 258:
      I deduced that if I am intaking the same amount of calories that I always did during Induction, but I am causing my metabolic rate to slow down, it makes sense that the same amount of calories taken in will not burn off as fast as they once did []

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