digest

noun
di·​gest | \ ˈdī-ˌjest How to pronounce digest (audio) \

Definition of digest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

digest

verb
di·​gest | \ dī-ˈjest How to pronounce digest (audio) , də- \
digested; digesting; digests

Definition of digest (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to distribute or arrange systematically : classify
2 : to convert (food) into absorbable form
3 : to take into the mind or memory especially : to assimilate mentally
4a : 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
5 : to compress into a short summary
6 : absorb sense 2 the capacity of the U.S. to digest immigrants

intransitive verb

1 : to digest food
2 : to become digested

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Examples of digest in a Sentence

Noun a digest of the laws a digest of yesterday's departmental meeting Verb He has trouble digesting certain foods. It will take me a while to digest this news.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Poignant though Blum/Cohen may find Benzion’s digest of twentieth-century Jewish catastrophe, The Netanyahus gives Benzion’s scholarship more than its historical due. Noah Kulwin, The New Republic, 24 June 2021 InnovationRx is your weekly digest of healthcare news. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 23 June 2021 InnovationRx is your weekly digest of healthcare news. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 16 June 2021 The result is a complex portrait as opposed to an easy-to-digest statement, despite the media’s interest in such things these days. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 3 June 2021 Russell points out that pets can get an upset stomach after eating a cicada because of their hard-to-digest exoskeleton, and the same can happen with people. Korin Miller, Health.com, 3 June 2021 From a neuroscience perspective, these simple Microchillers activate your parasympathetic nervous system—also known as the rest and digest response—which brings balance to the sympathetic nervous system—the fight or flight or stress response. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 22 May 2021 While this buy was mostly intended for my daughter, my wife and I found something magical about the easy-to-digest, whole-grain waffles during our long runs this month. The Editors, Outside Online, 3 May 2021 The bill also requires a teacher preparation program to include curriculum that instructs teachers about social emotional learning practices that are helpful in supporting students who have experienced trauma, the digest says. Hannah Reed, chicagotribune.com, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To others, including most (if not all) of the current Miami Heat roster, as well as the coaching staff and front office, the Butler experience has been easier to digest. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 10 July 2021 Experts have said eating too many cicadas can hurt a dog's digestive system because their exoskeletons and shells are hard to digest. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 While there’s a lot to digest, earnings have been strong so far this season, and for investors looking to find the best opportunities, the deep learning algorithms at Q.ai have crunched the data to give you a set of Top Buys. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Algorithms digest this massive pile of data and set out the best possible routes. Angus Loten, WSJ, 1 July 2021 Bacteria digest silk too slowly to contaminate the produce buried below. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 June 2021 Be sure to provide information in a timely way, but also keep the message concise so that employees can digest it easily. Haseeb Tariq, Forbes, 22 June 2021 But keep it simple; detailed information is useless if children can’t digest it. Orlando Sentinel Staff, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 In modern animals, this analysis would suggest cheetahs avoid bone and eat softer flesh, while hyenas will break through bone and digest it. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of digest

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for digest

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English, from Latin digestus

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The first known use of digest was in the 14th century

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“Digest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digest. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for digest

digest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of digest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

digest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of digest (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.)

digest

noun
di·​gest | \ ˈdī-ˌjest How to pronounce digest (audio) \

Kids Definition of digest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: information in shortened form

digest

verb
di·​gest | \ dī-ˈjest How to pronounce digest (audio) , də- \
digested; digesting

Kids Definition of digest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change or become changed into simpler forms that can be used by the body digest a meal My dinner is still digesting.
2 : to think over and try to understand That's a lot of information to digest.

digest

noun
di·​gest | \ ˈdī-ˌjest How to pronounce digest (audio) \

Medical Definition of digest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a product of digestion

digest

transitive verb
di·​gest | \ dī-ˈjest How to pronounce digest (audio) , də- How to pronounce digest (audio) \

Medical Definition of digest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to convert (food) into absorbable form
2a : to soften, decompose, or break down by heat and moisture or chemicals
b : to extract soluble ingredients from by warming with a liquid

intransitive verb

1 : to digest food
2 : to become digested

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digest

noun
di·​gest | \ ˈdī-ˌjest How to pronounce digest (audio) \

Legal Definition of digest

: a compilation of legal rules, statutes, or decisions systematically arranged

History and Etymology for digest

Latin digesta, from neuter plural of digestus, past participle of digerere to disperse, arrange

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