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

That means that the MesseTurm could digest as much as 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide an hour. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Re-Engineer A/Cs To Help Battle Climate Change?," 30 Apr. 2019 That was, frankly, a lot of freaky information to digest. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 Also to blame is the fact that ride-sharing doesn’t have much of a history for insurers to digest. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Lyft’s $864 Million Insurance Unit Shows Ride Hailing Is a Risky Business," 12 Mar. 2019 The idea behind Paleo, which limits food intake to that which would have been eaten during the Paleolithic era, is that modern diets contain foods the body is not able to digest properly. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Charlee Bear Products acquires a line of canned Paleolithic diet dog and cat food," 26 June 2018 But some toads were better able to digest the beetles than others. Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, "Toads Eat Beetles. Sometimes, Beetles Make Them Regret Their Meal Choice.," 6 Feb. 2018 The quickness with which 4:44 was embraced critically—even as Jay admitted on the titular track that the stress of his disloyalty may have caused Bey to miscarry—was difficult to digest, but not surprising. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 The 12-person jury in Brooklyn federal court faces the daunting task of digesting evidence from a three-month trial, during which the government called more than 50 witnesses and showed hundreds of exhibits. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘El Chapo’ Jury Ends Third Day of Deliberations Without Verdict," 6 Feb. 2019 This new kind of urban oasis is meant to have its own effect—triggering the parasympathetic nervous system to help the body to relax, digest, and heal, says Berzin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Inside the New York Wellness Space That Could Be the Future of Primary Care," 30 Jan. 2019

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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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