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[in-jest] /ɪnˈdʒɛst/
verb (used with object)
to take, as food, into the body (opposed to egest).
Aeronautics. to draw (foreign matter) into the inlet of a jet engine, often causing damage to the engine.
Origin of ingest
1610-20; < Latin ingestus past participle of ingerere to throw or pour into. See in-2, gest
Related forms
ingestible, adjective
ingestion, noun
ingestive, adjective
reingest, verb (used with object)
uningested, adjective
uningestive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ingest
  • The chemicals can leak from the cushions and then babies can inhale or ingest them, or absorb them through their skin.
  • Or they don't want to ingest the dead bodies of fairly complex creatures, which is apt to make them feel queasy.
  • And if they try to clean themselves by preening, they ingest the oil, which causes kidney failure.
  • Sponges have to filter about a ton of water for each ounce of food they ingest.
  • Wild animals can be observed going out of their way to ingest substances that they know will get them high.
  • Also promising is the design of molecular envelopes for chemical compounds that would otherwise be toxic to ingest.
  • ingest an unidentified white pill, or a fistful if you choose.
  • When trolling the ocean floor, a walrus uses its coarse whiskers to locate clams and powerful suction to ingest the soft tissue.
  • If you want to make the acquaintance of your dinner before you ingest it, this is your place.
  • It can absorb toxins, making it more dangerous still to ingest.
British Dictionary definitions for ingest


verb (transitive)
to take (food or liquid) into the body
(of a jet engine) to suck in (an object, a bird, etc)
Derived Forms
ingestible, adjective
ingestion, noun
ingestive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ingerere to put into, from in-² + gerere to carry; see gest
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Word Origin and History for ingest

1610s, from Latin ingestus, past participle of ingerere "to throw in, pour in, heap upon," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + gerere "to carry" (see gest). Related: Ingested; ingesting.

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