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
  1. noun
    an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container
    synonyms: inlet
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    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
  2. noun
    the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
    synonyms: aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration
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    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
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    the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
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