I'm looking to replace the phrase "takes as input" to make a sentence flow better but I can't think of the right word to use. I want to say "the simulator ______ a spatial map and an algorithm".

  • The sentence flows perfectly fine with “takes as input” or “takes … as input. As far as I know, there’s no single-word equivalent that would make the sentence flow better. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 9 '18 at 23:25
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    I might use "accepts" or "inputs". – Hot Licks Dec 9 '18 at 23:32
  • I think I'll stick with "takes as input". "Accepts" seems like it would work as well though. Thanks for the help! – Anubhav Srivastava Dec 10 '18 at 18:18

If you must use one word, "processes" is an option, but you don't say, and I don't see, what is particularly wrong with 'takes as input'.


I think processes is your best bet, but depending on what the input is, parses may also work.


  1. Computers (of a compiler) to read (program code) so as to produce a correct output.
  2. to analyse (data).

Rather then "process" or variant, I'd recommend accepts. Then map and algorithm are implicitly identified as inputs. Technically, you would be clearest by saying "accepts as inputs", but the meaning is clear in context.

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