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 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 So when plans are made on doing digest-type movies, these kinds of episodes are prime candidates. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was a lot to digest from a busy day in South Carolina. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 17 Mar. 2022 After Wednesday’s Fed announcement and the ensuing sell-off, investors had a lot to digest. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 The Bears’ on-field product has been similarly difficult to digest. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 15 Dec. 2021 But at this point analysts have had time to digest them and strategize. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022 But critics, of course, have had plenty of time to digest the inaugural set of episodes. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 Feb. 2022 But is that hard to digest — that emphasis on criticism of you? KG: Not really. Chris Lee, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 The startup 23andMe, which is a part of my company’s portfolio, brings data analysis to the consumer’s doorstep, making complex medical information easy to digest for patients. Anis Uzzaman, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Kitchari will provide adequate nourishment, is very easy to digest, nourishes all the tissues of the body, is excellent for de-aging of cells and assists in the detoxification and cleansing process. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 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 16 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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