noun \ˈdī-ˌjest\

: information or a piece of writing that has been made shorter

Full Definition of DIGEST

:  a summation or condensation of a body of information: as
a :  a systematic compilation of legal rules, statutes, or decisions
b :  a periodical devoted to condensed versions of previously published articles
:  a product of digestion

Examples of DIGEST

  1. a digest of the laws
  2. <a digest of yesterday's departmental meeting>

Origin of DIGEST

Middle English, systematic arrangement of laws, from Latin digesta, from neuter plural of digestus, past participle of digerere to arrange, distribute, digest, from dis- + gerere to carry
First Known Use: 14th century

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verb \dī-ˈjest, də-\

: to change (food that you have eaten) by a biological process into simpler forms that can be used by the body

: to think over and try to understand (news, information, etc.)

Full Definition of DIGEST

transitive verb
:  to distribute or arrange systematically :  classify
:  to convert (food) into absorbable form
:  to take into the mind or memory; especially :  to assimilate mentally
a :  to soften, decompose, or break down by heat and moisture or chemical action <DNA digested by restriction enzymes>
b :  to extract soluble ingredients from by warming with a liquid
:  to compress into a short summary
:  absorb 1 <the capacity of the United States to digest immigrants>
intransitive verb
:  to digest food
:  to become digested

Examples of DIGEST

  1. He has trouble digesting certain foods.
  2. It will take me a while to digest this news.

Origin of DIGEST

Middle English, from Latin digestus
First Known Use: 14th century


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