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


  1. a thing or a quantity taken inan 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 narrowingan intake in a garment

c.1800, “place where water is taken into a channel or pipe,” from in + take. Meaning “act of taking in” (food, breath, etc.) is first attested 1808.

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