Definition of intake in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnteɪk/


1An amount of food, air, or another substance taken into the body: your daily intake of calories his alcohol intake
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  • All patients were told to cut their food intake by 600 calories daily.
  • The important thing is to tailor the food intake to the amount of physical activity one undertakes.
  • Change the quality and amount of your food intake.
1.1An act of taking something into the body: she heard his sharp intake of breath [mass noun]: a protective factor is the intake of cereal fibre
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  • She touched him gently there, delighting when his entire body trembled, followed by his sharp intake of breath.
  • Zeler had a sharp intake of breath, and his body shook violently, a moment later he was calm.
  • ‘I think there would be a sharp intake of breath from teachers if that happened,’ he said.
2 [treated as singular or plural] The people taken into an organization at a particular time: the new intake of MPs
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  • Over the summer, the newspaper produced an annual guide to pubs, bars, restaurants and the like for the benefit of that autumn's new student intake, and I was jointly editing it.
  • Negative images have had a damaging knock-on effect, especially on student intake at the university, according to the report.
  • Value added measures are intended to allow comparisons between schools with different student intakes.
2.1An act of taking people into an organization: the first intake of women was in 1915
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  • There are two intakes of around 90 students every year.
  • Now its reputation is so high there are more than 1,200 applications for September's intake of about 680 students.
  • I was there when 25 new bikes arrived for the new class intake and I saw the excitement.
3A place or structure through which something is taken in, e.g. water into a channel or pipe from a river, fuel or air into an engine, etc. cut rectangular holes for the air intake
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  • Following the hand rails along the starboard side of the wreck we came to the ladder and davits for the gang plank before turning to cross the deck and past the numerous engine room air intakes.
  • The storm got sand in the engine intakes and eroded the fuel relays.
  • The BMW M6 has deeper front valance with air intakes for the engine and brakes, more contoured sills and rear valance that includes a diffuser to increase aerodynamic efficiency.
3.1 [mass noun] The action of taking something in: facilities for the intake of grain by road
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  • Supplies have tightened in Britain over the past week and at Irish factories intake has slipped around 13,000 head per week lower than the same time last year.
  • New Zealand's 150,000-bag intake is a drop in the percolator of the 104 million bags consumed globally each year.
  • While US meat intake is rather evenly distributed among beef, pork and poultry, in China pork totally dominates.
4 [mass noun] Northern English Land reclaimed from a moor or common.


Middle English (originally Scots and northern English): from in + take.

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