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 Coming soon, our Capital Letter email newsletter will deliver a weekly digest on finance, business, and economics from an NR sensibility. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 7," 11 Sep. 2020 Taking deep breaths turns on your rest-and-digest system, Mona Potter, M.D., medical director at the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, previously told SELF. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "If You’ve Ever Googled ‘How to Stop Crying,’ Read This," 23 Sep. 2020 Coming soon, our Capital Letter email newsletter will deliver a weekly digest on finance, business, and economics from an NR sensibility. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 7," 11 Sep. 2020 The Solution Committee, which will provide viewers will easy-to-digest information about some of the injustices facing society today, and how young activists are working to create meaningful change. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Jaden Smith and Celeb Pals, Including Hailey Baldwin, Team Up for Snapchat Series About Activism," 17 Sep. 2020 The digest the organic matter, bacteria and fungi in the soil and excrete the rest. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbag: It takes a little work to keep composting pile in balance; don't eat palm fruit," 16 Sep. 2020 Coming soon, our Capital Letter email newsletter will deliver a weekly digest on finance, business, and economics from an NR sensibility. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 7," 11 Sep. 2020 Coming soon, our Capital Letter email newsletter will deliver a weekly digest on finance, business, and economics from an NR sensibility. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 31," 4 Sep. 2020 What's News is a digest of the day's most important business and markets news to watch, delivered to your inbox. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Germany Expects V-Shaped Economic Rebound From Coronavirus," 1 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Megan’s friend, Holden August, told NBC affiliate WFIE that her disappearance and death took a while to digest for him and his classmates. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Indiana man charged in connection with 2014 murder of Illinois teen Megan Nichols," 8 Oct. 2020 The company, which completed its big merger with Eldorado in July, is still trying to digest that deal. Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg.com, "Caesars Seeks DraftKings’ Soaring Value in William Hill Bid," 29 Sep. 2020 Florida State, which had two weeks to digest a disappointing loss to Georgia Tech during its opener, enters this matchup without new coach Mike Norvell, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "5 college football games to watch Saturday," 25 Sep. 2020 Made with chicken, veggies and real peanut butter, these chews are rawhide free and easy to digest. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Save on home, work and learning essentials at Amazon’s Big Fall Sale," 21 Sep. 2020 That will happen from time to time, but another five-sack season would be hard to digest. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "The Dallas Cowboys' defense didn’t live up to its own standards in loss to LA Rams," 14 Sep. 2020 Veterans also struggled to digest what had happened to their friends. John Loftus, National Review, "A New York City Fireman Remembers 9/11," 11 Sep. 2020 These sun clocks tell animals when to feed, when to run, when to sleep, and when to digest. Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 The plastic-eating bacteria can digest plastic six times faster than current methods of chemically breaking it down. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Super-Enzyme That Absolutely Ravages Plastic Bottles," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digest. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for digest

digest

noun
How to pronounce digest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of digest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

digest

verb
How to pronounce digest (audio)

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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