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digest

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noun di·gest \ˈdī-ˌjest\

Simple Definition of digest

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

Full Definition of digest

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  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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digest

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verb di·gest \dī-ˈjest, də-\

Simple Definition of digest

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to distribute or arrange systematically :  classify

  3. 2 :  to convert (food) into absorbable form

  4. 3 :  to take into the mind or memory; especially :  to assimilate mentally

  5. 4 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

  6. 5 :  to compress into a short summary

  7. 6 :  absorb 1 <the capacity of the United States to digest immigrants>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to digest food

  10. 2 :  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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