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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Katims has a trademark of creating realistic and relatable characters while presenting highly emotional subjects in easy-to-digest ways. Nina Garin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Then there's Hallmark, which is doing what Hallmark normally does and serving up more easy-to-digest cheer than your significant other can handle. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, 18 Dec. 2021 Easy-to-digest legumes, including hummus, lentil soup, and boiled edamame. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, 3 Nov. 2021 The digital gauge cluster lacks the configurability of some but shows a lot of info in an easy-to-digest format. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Sep. 2021 So this special edition of our media digest is a preview of the week ahead and the entire season ahead in media. Brian Stelter, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 The trio of reports, published Wednesday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC's scientific digest, also reinforce the idea that vaccines alone will be unable to lift the nation out of the pandemic. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 19 Aug. 2021 But doctors have also said that some registries can take too much time to access and digest. Maia Szalavitz, Wired, 11 Aug. 2021 In the early and mid-1990s, working primarily for the magazine The Source, at the time the definitive digest of hip-hop’s commercial and creative ascendance, Mr. Modu was the go-to photographer. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Probiotics are bacteria that are normal components of a healthy person’s colonic flora -- the vast collection of microorganisms that help us digest food. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2021 If the last two weeks are any indication, stocks seem likely to remain choppy as markets digest the twin uncertainties of Fed policy and the Omicron variant. Bill Stone, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 The fish can grow to more than 7 feet long and barely digest their food. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 Balcombe, a biologist of animal behavior who has written several books dispelling myths about other species, informs us that flies do not externally digest their food in the way Brundle does. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2021 The board circumvented its normal process to fast-track the Lowell decision, giving the public just one week to digest the proposal before a vote. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021 There’s a lot to digest, as the device that LetsGoDigital discovered in a brand new Vivo patent seems out of this world. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Nov. 2021 The world is recovering from the two week spectacle of the climate conference, and trying to digest its (very) mixed lessons. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2021 Victory isn’t easing up on its acquisition strategy to digest its latest transactions. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Nov. 2021

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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 22 Jan. 2022.

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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

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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