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 Grade it on privacy —Listen to Leadership Next, a Fortune podcast examining the evolving role of CEO —WATCH: Zoom’s ups and downs since the coronavirus crisis Catch up with Data Sheet, Fortune's daily digest on the business of tech. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Huawei says “survival” is primary focus as U.S. expands restrictions on semiconductor sales," 18 May 2020 The digest below is organized by candidate in order of national polling average. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "A 2020 Democratic Primary Endorsement Digest," 5 Feb. 2020 All were escorted to their flights by agents from Connors' office, the digest said. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Hawaiian tourism groups will pay to fly visitors who violate self-quarantine rule home," 24 Apr. 2020 Sony WF-1000XM3 Catch up with Data Sheet, Fortune's daily digest on the business of tech. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Researchers working on ‘contact tracing’ say they welcome Apple and Google’s help," 17 Apr. 2020 Catch up with Data Sheet, Fortune's daily digest on the business of tech. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What is Apple without its events? A new iPad—and era, perhaps—arrives via press release," 19 Mar. 2020 The What’s News Briefing In Your Inbox Get What’s News, a daily digest of the day’s most important news to watch, delivered to your inbox. WSJ, "WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. Pushing Effort to Develop 5G Alternative to Huawei," 4 Feb. 2020 Sony WF-1000XM3 Catch up with Data Sheet, Fortune's daily digest on the business of tech. Chris Morris, Fortune, "NFL taps Take-Two to make video games for the first time since 2004," 10 Mar. 2020 Jet, formerly a weekly digest, has been a digital-only publication since 2014. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of Ebony founder, resigns from emeritus spot on magazine’s board: ‘The last three years did not result in what I envisioned’," 21 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, a bacterial cell may need different enzymes in order to digest a new food offered by a new environment. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: June 2020," 19 May 2020 Jones’ performance in the Iron Bowl left plenty for NFL teams to digest. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "In a Florida park, Mac Jones tries to take next step for Alabama," 13 May 2020 The gizzard is a big, firm ball that’s full of pebbles or gravel (known as grit) and helps the turkey digest its food. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Butcher a Wild Turkey (and Get Every Last Cut of Meat)," 12 May 2020 Amanda Renteria, who was political director for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said that Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way many Americans digest their news. Los Angeles Times, "In the coronavirus crisis, Newsom uses social media to raise awareness of the pandemic — and his profile," 10 May 2020 After digesting first-quarter results, analysts are the most bullish on Total and most bearish on Exxon. Laura Hurst, Bloomberg.com, "Big Oil Earnings Battered By Virus, But Worst is Yet to Come," 10 May 2020 Like my friends who have older children, kids who are either more interested in or able to digest what's going on. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Books We’re Turning to Right Now: Women Who Travel Podcast," 28 Apr. 2020 The hosts of The View criticized Birx for failing to correct Trump in the moment and warn about the dangers of digesting or injecting disinfectants. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Losing her integrity': The View host says 'complicit' Birx is 'part of the problem'," 27 Apr. 2020 As is the custom, do not swim for a half hour after digesting this information. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A look at the Packers' 10 biggest steals in the NFL draft ... and other useful information," 21 Apr. 2020

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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

22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Digest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digest. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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