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 The Fed's next meeting about rate hikes isn't till September 21, and markets will have several key economic reports to digest between now and then, such as the jobs report this Friday. Allison Morrow, CNN, 29 Aug. 2022 Back to the Future is maybe the best examples of popcorn sci-fi, an easy-to-digest concept that aids an otherwise whacky storyline. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 18 Aug. 2022 Companies can help by offering easy-to-digest financial education, as well as tools for financial planning, investing, day-to-day money management and access to financial professionals. Neha Mirchandani, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Our classic line includes our popular digest magazines and standard-sized single-issue comic books. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Sign up for At Home, a digest of the best home and garden stories, delivered to your inbox every Thursday. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2022 Cow stomachs act like fermentation vats, in which bacteria process hard-to-digest plant material and produce the gas as a byproduct. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 In January, a bipartisan group of lawmakers even introduced legislation that would require sites to make easy-to-digest summaries of their privacy terms. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 Most Innovative Yogurt Grass-fed Jersey cows naturally produce the milk containing only the easier-to-digest A2 protein that is used in this organic yogurt, which has a sweet-tart taste and rich creamy texture. Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new device can record high-resolution videos for two days at a stretch, capturing blood vessels and hearts laboring during exercise or stomachs expanding and shrinking as test subjects gulp juice and then digest it. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 In this regard, Theater J, an arm of the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, becomes a conduit both for new avenues for thinking about Jewish identity and how audiences digest them. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 The series truly is a matter of putting the information out there and letting the viewer digest it and decide, cutting through myth and legend and, yes, fake news. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2022 Those advances are largely the result of feeding the algorithms more text as examples to learn from, and giving them more chips with which to digest it. Will Knight, Wired, 14 Oct. 2021 Brown said the idle time enabled him to watch basketball games and digest them from a different perspective. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The gut microbes that let grazing animals digest grasses and other human-inedible forage release methane in the process — and methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2022 Gastric acid helps digest food and might urge colonic activity. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 And Tomlinson occasionally risks veering into a kind of comedy that doesn’t fully digest and transform therapy into jokes. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 8 Mar. 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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More Definitions for digest

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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