1 [singular, uncountable]DF
the amount of food, drink etc that you take into your body
Try to reduce your intake of fat.
a high/low intake
a high intake of carbohydrates
food/alcohol/calorie etc intake
Sickness may develop from inadequate fluid intake.
2SE [uncountable and countable]
the number of people who join a school, profession etc at a particular time
an intake of around 120 students each year
a tube, pipe, etc through which air, gas, or liquid enters a machine:
a leak on the air intake to the carburettor
a sudden act of breathing in, especially when you are shocked