the place or opening at which a fluid is taken into a channel, pipe, etc.
an act or instance of taking in: an intake of oxygen.
something that is taken in.
a quantity taken in: an intake of 50 gallons a minute.
a narrowing; contraction.

1515–25; noun use of verb phrase take in Unabridged
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intake (ˈɪnˌteɪk)
1.  a thing or a quantity taken in: an intake of students
2.  the act of taking in
3.  the opening through which fluid enters a duct or channel, esp the air inlet of a jet engine
4.  a ventilation shaft in a mine
5.  a contraction or narrowing: an intake in a garment

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Word Origin & History

c.1800, "place where water is taken into a channel or pipe," originally a Scot. and Northern word, from in + take. Meaning "act of taking in" (food, breath, etc.) is first attested 1808.
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Example sentences for intake
Rarely, blindness is caused by the intake of certain chemicals.
Guilds are able to increase their point intake by controlling more castles at once.
The intake, compression, power, and exhaust occur in each stroke.
Normally, the four cycles are intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust.
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