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

Officials said last month that the county’s projected 2018 tax digest had jumped to around $30.8 billion in 2018, an increase of approximately $1.6 billion over 2017. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Gwinnett slated to vote on lowering millage rate," 13 July 2018 TheSkimm, a daily news digest started by two former news producers, has 7 million subscribers and recently raised $12 million from Google Ventures and other backers. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email," 19 Jan. 2019 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 In 2013, Fulton County government was fined $1.72 million for problems with its tax digest. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Five things to know about Fulton County property assessments," 21 May 2018 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Friday’s budget commission meeting will include a review of the tax digest, tax bill laws and multi-year budget scenarios, according to a meeting agenda. Vanessa Mccray, ajc, "Atlanta school board members to discuss budget Friday," 21 June 2018 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sizeable regional parties, having digested this lesson, are queuing up to strike pacts with Congress. The Economist, "A series of reversals forces India’s newest chief minister from office," 19 May 2018 Certainly denials are relevant because political leaders don’t want the public to digest and process their transgressions. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Who wrote the op-ed? Will the government shut down? Denials pile up in Washington," 10 Sep. 2018 The presence of Wagner, Wright and his brother — second-year cornerback Shaquill Griffin — made a somewhat disappointing rookie season a little easier to digest. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After a statistically empty rookie season, what’s next for Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin?," 6 Jan. 2019 Lessons learned against World Cup semifinalists tend to be easier to digest than lessons learned against the likes of Trinidad and Tobago. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Remains Lost in the Wilderness," 16 Nov. 2018 LaLoo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream Lower in fat, higher in protein, and easier to digest for the millions who are lactose sensitive, LaLoo’s 100 percent goat milk ice cream is a pleasant treat to be discovered in the freezer section. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 The answer has been to develop a format that's easier to digest. Chris Stokel-walker, chicagotribune.com, "Cricket races to save itself from years of declining popularity," 14 May 2018 The premise being that bumphead parrotfish eat coral, and digest it, and poop out white sand, and therefore that’s where white sand beaches come from. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts," 21 Oct. 2018 Dove parents—mothers and fathers both—generate crop milk and feed it to the baby birds for their first few days of life, until the babies can digest real food. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk. Spider milk?," 30 Nov. 2018

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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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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
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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