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 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 Google will then send you an email digest on all the news coverage for that topic within a certain time frame. Kevin Kruse, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The thinking is that the ancient grains might be more healthful than modern ones, perhaps containing less gluten and other hard-to-digest protein. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 Cooking unlocked previously unavailable calories (in raw meat and tough-to-digest veggies), which gave us the energy necessary to evolve bigger brains. Zan Romanoff, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The mathematicians say that the technical details of the work will take time to digest. Quanta Magazine, 6 Oct. 2021 Their four chamber stomachs, which categorize them as a ruminant, like cattle, enable them to digest the roughage. Camille Sauers, Chron, 30 Sep. 2021 Stopping the growth of harmful bacteria will help the body digest and absorb your healthy food choices. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 28 Sep. 2021 The reality is, not all employees learn or digest information the same way. Heidi Lynne Kurter, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 There's a lot for stock investors to digest in the markets right now, between an upcoming Federal Reserve meeting this week, the potential for higher taxes, and the implications of China's Evergrande debt crisis. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2021 And there's a lot of new stuff to digest for the 2022 model year, as Subaru has just debuted a new WRX and VW is bringing over the new Mk 8 Golf GTI and Golf R hot hatchbacks. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 10 Sep. 2021 There was a lot to digest on both sides of the ball. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 20 Aug. 2021 There will be some nutritionists out there appalled by this, but eating simple foods that are easy to digest just works best for my body. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 27 Apr. 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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The first known use of digest was in the 14th century

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“Digest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digest. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for digest

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

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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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