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 Our plan was simple but ambitious: create a daily news digest about what was happening in Beijing; obtain the list of every fax number in the country that was printed in the Yellow Pages; send the digest out to all of these fax machines. King-wa Fu, Quartz, "Students in Hong Kong used fax machines to fight Chinese censorship of Tiananmen Square," 29 Oct. 2019 In May, 1986, Kaplan and Holmes published their findings in a weekly C.D.C. digest. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 Subscribe to the Globe’s free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Boston.com Real Estate, "Recent home sales north of Boston (August 21)," 21 Aug. 2019 Your political digest Michael Hancock defeats Jamie Giellis, winning a third and final term. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What the heck does “local control” even mean?," 6 June 2019 Subscribe to the Globe’s free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Boston.com Real Estate, "For $1.4 million, live in a R.I. mill where cornmeal, sermons were the daily grind," 26 July 2019 Subscribe to the Globe’s free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Boston.com Real Estate, "For $1.4 million, live in a R.I. mill where cornmeal, sermons were the daily grind," 26 July 2019 The parasympathetic functions are often characterized as rest-and-digest. Anne R. Crecelius, The Conversation, "Why do people faint?," 20 June 2019 Mark Wilson/Getty Images Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: “I’m with him”," 13 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Linking a protein with an autophagy component might allow the system to digest the protein at a high frequency. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists find a way to target the protein behind Huntington’s disease," 1 Nov. 2019 And in the little-populated deep, the fish can take time to digest these larger prey items without fear of being menaced, Sutton says. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "This deep-sea fish's expandable stomach can hold huge meals," 30 Oct. 2019 The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises women who have difficulty digesting dairy products to get calcium from other sources, such as broccoli. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "A stressful pregnancy reduces the chances of having a boy, a study shows," 15 Oct. 2019 Stranger Things Season 3 hit Netflix on Independence Day giving fans a long weekend to digest new episodes of the show. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things Isn't Nominated for Any Emmys in 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 All the organs of his body were working — bowels digesting food, skin renewing itself, nails growing, tissues forming — all toiling away in solemn foolery. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What Does It Mean to Destroy a Fetus?," 17 Sep. 2019 Richards was already having trouble digesting gluten, and decided to cut it out. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Denise Richards Had Noticed Her Enlarged Thyroid but 'Ignored It' Until Fans Expressed Concern," 7 Aug. 2019 In addition to high-quality, easy-to-digest protein, eggs supply tryptophan. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 A day after Alabama’s 42-3 win over Duke, there was time to digest what happened Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few things you may have missed in Alabama win over Duke," 1 Sep. 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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The first known use of digest was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Digest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digested. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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