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

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, "An infatuation with houseplants takes root in the millennial culture," 12 June 2019 The move was made to ensure tax bills will be sent out in a timely fashion after the county scrambled last year when its tax digest was rejected. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Fulton County advertises property tax increase, but doesn’t set rate," 21 June 2018 Officials said last month that the county’s projected 2018 tax digest had jumped to around $30.8 billion in 2018, an increase of approximately $1.6 billion over 2017. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Gwinnett slated to vote on lowering millage rate," 13 July 2018 TheSkimm, a daily news digest started by two former news producers, has 7 million subscribers and recently raised $12 million from Google Ventures and other backers. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email," 19 Jan. 2019 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 In 2013, Fulton County government was fined $1.72 million for problems with its tax digest. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Five things to know about Fulton County property assessments," 21 May 2018 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. German Lopez, Vox, "Vox Sentences: A shutdown for Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But as the team showed in their paper, the two gut microbiomes did have one ingredient in common that could help with digesting blood: high levels of Peptostreptococcaceae, a group of bacteria thought to help process sodium and iron. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "The Vampire Birds of the Galápagos Have Fascinating Inner Lives," 8 June 2019 French scientists studying the North Atlantic Garbage Patch found a high concentration of microbes capable of digesting plastics for energy, and Pedrotti’s research confirms the presence of such microbes. Quanta Magazine, "On Waste Plastics at Sea, She Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes," 13 Sep. 2018 In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index was broadly unchanged at 5:45 a.m. as traders try to digest the U.S. tariff news and yesterday’s ECB meeting, while waiting for payrolls data. Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 9 Mar. 2018 The bojani had a few adaptations that enabled it to thrive as an herbivore, including a toothless mouth with a horned beak like a turtle, and its stomach acted a bit like a grain mill to digest the food. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs," 22 Nov. 2018 The rover has also been detecting methane, a gas that’s produced by many life forms here on Earth, like bacteria digesting food in the tummies of cows. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "NASA’s Curiosity rover discovers that methane on Mars changes with the seasons," 7 June 2018 Our teeth and gut weren't designed to masticate and digest real food, no sirree. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hunger Games," 11 June 2012 That means that the MesseTurm could digest as much as 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide an hour. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Could We Re-Engineer A/Cs To Help Battle Climate Change?," 30 Apr. 2019 That was, frankly, a lot of freaky information to digest. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 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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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
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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