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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now read the latest MacBook, iPhone, and Apple Watch headlines in Forbes weekly Apple Loop news digest... Ewan Spence, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Quite the opposite—simple, easy-to-digest carbohydrates, such as a piece of fruit or toast with jam, should be your main source of energy, Brittany Dunn, MS, RDN, CD, owner of Dunn Nutrition and a performance dietitian at Real Salt Lake, tells SELF. SELF, 5 Apr. 2022 Adding another twist to an already hard-to-digest sequence of events, when Smith’s name was announced, many in the room gave him a standing ovation, which Packer attempted to unpack for GMA. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 At night, the parasympathetic nervous system helps the body rest, digest, and recuperate. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 28 Mar. 2022 What a wild, consequential, and weirdly anticlimactic political week this proved to be, with so much more to digest than there was time for. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Under President Joe Biden, there can be a lot more for reporters to digest. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 Odie oversees the day-to-day operations of the Augusta, leading approximately 3,000 employees with a $15 billion tax digest and a $1 billion operating and capital improvements budget. Wilborn Nobles, ajc, 4 Feb. 2022 In his new role, Pellerito will oversee the publisher’s classic Archie content, such as its digest line, which tells new stories set in the nostalgic past of the publisher. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most formulas contain protein from cow’s milk that’s been altered to be easier to digest and enhanced with extra nutrients needed for growth and development. Matthew Perrone, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 Most formulas are made from protein from cow's milk that's been altered to be easier to digest and enhanced with extra nutrients babies need for growth and development. Matthew Perrone, ajc, 12 May 2022 Most formulas contain protein from cow’s milk that’s been altered to be easier to digest and enhanced with extra nutrients needed for growth and development. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Then decide on how to make decision making easier to digest. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 6 May 2022 Before being ground, the corn is mixed with an alkaline ingredient such as lime, a process called nixtamalization that makes the grain more nutritious and easier to digest. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Stories about individual scammers are a lot easier to digest, and to tell, than examinations of broader, systemic injustice. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2022 But unscripted shows are obviously easier to digest and don’t require quite the same level of concentration as a lengthy scripted episode. Michael Schneider, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 The pressure cooking helps to make the rice softer and easier to digest. Benjamin Liong Setiawan, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digest. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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

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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