Definition of ingest in English:



  • 1 Take (food, drink, or another substance) into the body by swallowing or absorbing it.

    ‘lead will poison anyone if enough is ingested’
    ‘they ingest oxygen from the air’
    • ‘When chocolate is ingested in significant quantities, cats may suffer life-threatening effects.’
    • ‘Every physical ailment is classified as warm or cold, and its cure depends on restoring the body's equilibrium by ingesting foods with the opposite properties.’
    • ‘The argument of quality of food becomes important only when enough food is ingested.’
    • ‘All food and drink is ingested through a special ‘feeding tube’ through her larynx.’
    • ‘It bothers me more that I may be ingesting chemicals that my body will absorb.’
    • ‘In June, and again in the late summer, they congregate at mineral springs where they ingest salts.’
    • ‘As you ingest protein, your body will break it down into the different amino acids contained in that protein.’
    • ‘In addition, we suggest that ingested ethanol may be an appetitive stimulant.’
    • ‘The tentacles are pushed into the mouth to ingest food.’
    • ‘And you might consider buying organic produce to avoid ingesting pesticides with your food.’
    • ‘Fungi are not able to ingest their food like animals do, nor can they manufacture their own food the way plants do.’
    • ‘The penguins ingest the oil as they preen their feathers, which changes the birds' immune systems, making them more vulnerable to disease.’
    • ‘The gut model only allows for a mass intake on a daily basis that does not exceed the mass of the animal ingesting the food.’
    • ‘As soon as the offending protein is ingested, the body produces histamine in an attempt to expel or kill the ‘invader’.’
    • ‘When ingesting low doses of ethanol, most humans exhibit responses such as disinhibition and euphoria.’
    • ‘When animals ingest chemicals such as PCBs, the toxins are not broken down in the body but are instead stored in fatty tissue.’
    • ‘A heightened female sensitivity to ingested ethanol could possibly serve useful functions.’
    • ‘There is no cure for a food allergy and, once your body reacts, the reaction will intensify each time you ingest the nasty substance.’
    • ‘This is David's way of being in the world: he doesn't ingest food or drink, and he doesn't sleep or get tired or bored.’
    • ‘Frugivorous vertebrates ingest fruits and the seeds within, later defecating the seeds.’
    1. 1.1Absorb (information)
      ‘he spent his days ingesting the contents of the library’
      • ‘We held off building a box capable of ingesting and delivering HDTV content for this round, and will check them out in the future.’
      • ‘It is simply a tool to communicate the level of support to users who are ingesting content.’
      • ‘The archive connects to the applications and ingests the stream of information that comes from that source.’
      • ‘But what happens is it makes it so that we're constantly ingesting more and more information so we have to work harder to keep on top of it.’
      • ‘Content management solution providers are focused on managing the lifecycle of the content they can ingest, classify and index within their own application.’
      • ‘It is a forceful process, ingesting the news and carrying it with me through the day.’
      • ‘I love reading on websites, where else can you ingest all the varied means of visually conveying information simultaneously?’
      • ‘Then you paused trying to ingest all this new information.’
      • ‘I'd hoped to do better having spent a good portion of my life in America, ingesting top-shelf propaganda.’
      • ‘He somehow ingested all the information that's available to him in his brain.’
      • ‘He could calmly ingest what was being said, absorb it, then reach over for the phone, call Jim, and find out what was happening, and what he should do.’
      • ‘The Web was a dismal place for ingesting information because it was visually bereft, difficult to move around in, and generally unpleasant.’
      absorb, assimilate, digest, ingest, take in, be absorbed in, be immersed in, be rapt in, be lost in, be fascinated by, pay close attention to
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Early 17th century: from Latin ingest- brought in, from the verb ingerere, from in- into + gerere carry.