digest

noun
di·​gest | \ˈdī-ˌjest \

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, də-\

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

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Scott Walker’s revenge," 15 Dec. 2018 Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Vox Staff, Vox, "Vox Sentences: 16 shots in 14 seconds," 3 Oct. 2018 New construction in 2017 added 3.41 percent to the tax digest, and increased values from reassessments, 4.61 percent. David Ibata, ajc, "Forsyth vows to hold line on county millage rates," 29 June 2018 According to Variety, however, one of the most visible programs will be Fox News’ daily digests, which will air in the morning and the afternoon, including on the weekends. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Facebook’s first wave of ‘trustworthy’ news shows sure includes a lot of Fox News," 11 July 2018 Justinian’s commission discarded rules that were inefficient, obsolete, repetitive and confusingly overlapping, producing a much shorter new digest. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "The ‘Swamp’ Needs a Justinian," 19 Apr. 2018 Jones followed Franklin’s every move in the digest-size magazine Jet. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 During a presentation to the county’s Board of Commissioners, finance director Maria Woods said Gwinnett’s net tax digest is expected to be nearly $30.8 billion in 2018, a 3.8 percent increase from 2017. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Gwinnett County millage rate unlikely to go up this year," 20 June 2018 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Battles in eastern Yemen endanger 250,000 civilians," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Researchers would need different strains of these microgourmands to disarm and digest all relevant antibiotics, not just penicillin. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 The needle represents fully digested election information — a bewildering array of numbers collapsed to a single point. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Basically, the lactobacillus is pre-digesting the sugar in the cabbage for you. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Sauerkraut," 30 Oct. 2018 With these steps in place, Arnold was able to work with with a protein-digesting enzyme known as subtilisin. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 The first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns premiered during the 2018 Oscars, and there's so much to digest! Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Mary Poppins Returns"," 17 Sep. 2018 But some studies show that even those with a poor tolerance for dairy can often digest one serving of yogurt daily. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Health Matters: Is a "detox diet" good or bad for your health?," 13 July 2018 Processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, salt, and more are not allowed in the diet — many followers claim the body isn’t equipped to digest such foods. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Francis-based Charlee Bear acquires paleolithic pet food brand Hound & Gatos," 11 July 2018 The film, while not easily forgotten, is almost impossible to digest. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Eat Me': Film Review," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of digest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: information in shortened form

digest

verb
di·​gest | \dī-ˈjest, 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 \

Medical Definition of digest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a product of digestion

di·​gest | \dī-ˈjest, də- \

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 \

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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