from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption. See Synonyms at eat.
- transitive v. To take in and absorb as food: "Marine ciliates ... can be observed ... ingesting other single-celled creatures and harvesting their chloroplasts” ( Carol Kaesuk Yoon).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take into the body, as for digestion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take into, or as into, the stomach or alimentary canal.
- transitive v. To take into the body by any means, as by inhalation, injection, absorption, as well as through the mouth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put, bring, or throw in: used chiefly of the introduction of substances, as food, into the body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take up mentally
- v. serve oneself to, or consume regularly
Latin ingerere, ingest- : in-, in; see in-2 + gerere, to carry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ingerere ("to carry in") (Wiktionary)