The act of consuming food can be called intake. A veterinarian might advise you to limit your dog's intake of pizza crusts, for example.

While the process of eating can be called your intake, unless you're a militant dieter who weighs every ounce of food you consume, you're most likely to hear the word intake in a hospital or doctor's office. Caregivers might be concerned about a patient's intake of calories if he's very sick, or a dietitian might recommend an elderly woman increase her intake of calcium.

Definitions of intake

n an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container

air horn
air intake of a carburetor
siamese, siamese connection
an inlet with two or more couplings to which a hose can be attached so that fire engines can pump water into the sprinkler system of a building
Type of:
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

n the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)

consumption, ingestion, uptake
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eating, feeding
the act of consuming food
deglutition, drink, swallow
the act of swallowing
suck, sucking, suction
the act of sucking
drinking, imbibing, imbibition
the act of consuming liquids
the practice of eating fungi (especially mushrooms collected in the wild)
bite, chomp
the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
browse, browsing
the act of feeding by continual nibbling
coprophagia, coprophagy
eating feces; in human a symptom of some kinds of insanity
swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
draft, draught, gulp, swig
a large and hurried swallow
the act of eating dinner
eating ravenously or voraciously to satiation
banqueting, feasting
eating an elaborate meal (often accompanied by entertainment)
graze, grazing
the act of grazing
the act of eating lunch
repletion, surfeit
eating until excessively full
ingestion of liquid food with a spoon or by drinking
degustation, relishing, savoring, savouring, tasting
taking a small amount into the mouth to test its quality
necrophagia, necrophagy
feeding on corpses or carrion
the eating of raw food
the eating of excrement or other filth
gulping, guzzling, swilling
the drinking of large mouthfuls rapidly
a small drink
the act of drinking (especially an alcoholic drink)
Type of:
activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
an organic process that takes place in the body

n the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing

aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration
gasp, pant
a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
drag, puff, pull
a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette
Type of:
the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing

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