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[verb dih-jest, dahy-; noun dahy-jest] /verb dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-; noun ˈdaɪ dʒɛst/
verb (used with object)
to convert (food) in the alimentary canal into absorbable form for assimilation into the system.
to promote the digestion of (food).
to obtain information, ideas, or principles from; assimilate mentally:
to digest a pamphlet on nuclear waste.
to arrange methodically in the mind; think over:
to digest a plan.
to bear with patience; endure.
to arrange in convenient or methodical order; reduce to a system; classify.
to condense, abridge, or summarize.
Chemistry. to soften or disintegrate (a substance) by means of moisture, heat, chemical action, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to digest food.
to undergo digestion, as food.
a collection or compendium, usually of literary, historical, legal, or scientific matter, especially when classified or condensed.
  1. a systematic abstract of some body of law.
  2. the Digest, a collection in fifty books of excerpts, especially from the writings of the Classical Roman jurists, compiled by order of Justinian in the 6th century a.d.; the Pandects.
Biochemistry. the product of the action of an enzyme on food or other organic material.
Origin of digest
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English digesten < Latin dīgestus separated, dissolved (past participle of dīgerere), equivalent to dī- di-2 + ges- carry, bear (base of gerere) + -tus past participle suffix; (noun) Middle English: collection of laws < Late Latin dīgesta (plural), Latin: collection of writings, neuter plural of dīgestus, as above
Related forms
digestedly, adverb
digestedness, noun
half-digested, adjective
nondigesting, adjective
overdigest, verb
redigest, verb (used with object)
semidigested, adjective
undigested, adjective
undigesting, adjective
well-digested, adjective
4. understand; study, ponder. 6. systematize, codify. 11. epitome, abridgment. See summary. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for half-digested
Historical Examples
  • Even their half-digested remains have been preserved in fossil.

    The Map of Life

    William Edward Hartpole Lecky
  • When opened, the remains of a half-digested echidna were found in its stomach.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • All half-digested food should be removed from snakes and animals.

  • Not his own: just half-digested ideas, and he probably finds it pretty difficult to listen to them at all.

  • Our dinner consisted of boiled deer ribs, sticks of frozen marrow, and half-digested moss, taken from the stomach of the deer.

  • In "Absalom's Hair" we have no mere agglomeration of half-digested scientific data, but a scientific view of life.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • The stringy black beard of the younger one, Philip, was clotted with bits of half-digested food.

  • She conducts them to the water, and in the slimy mud she disgorges her half-digested food for their nourishment.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • And then sundry odd thoughts, half-digested thoughts, ideas too difficult for her present strength, crossed her brain.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mammoths have been discovered frozen in the ice with half-digested tropical plants in their stomach.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for half-digested


(of food, drink, etc) partially digested
(of ideas, beliefs, etc) not entirely assimilated mentally: half-digested tenets of the latest intellectual fads


verb (dɪˈdʒɛst; daɪ-)
to subject (food) to a process of digestion
(transitive) to assimilate mentally
(chem) to soften or disintegrate or be softened or disintegrated by the action of heat, moisture, or chemicals; decompose
(transitive) to arrange in a methodical or systematic order; classify
(transitive) to reduce to a summary
(transitive) (archaic) to tolerate
noun (ˈdaɪdʒɛst)
a comprehensive and systematic compilation of information or material, often condensed
a magazine, periodical, etc, that summarizes news of current events
a compilation of rules of law based on decided cases
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin dīgesta writings grouped under various heads, from Latin dīgerere to divide, from di- apart + gerere to bear


(Roman law) an arrangement of excerpts from the writings and opinions of eminent lawyers, contained in 50 books compiled by order of Justinian in the sixth century ad
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Word Origin and History for half-digested



"collection of writing," late 14c., from Latin digesta, from neuter plural of digestus, literally "digested thing," noun use of past participle of digerere "to separate, divide, arrange," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + gerere "to carry" (see gest).



"assimilate food in bowels," late 14c., from Latin digestus (see digest (n.)). Related: Digested; digesting.

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half-digested in Medicine

digest di·gest (dī-jěst', dĭ-)
v. di·gest·ed, di·gest·ing, di·gests

  1. To convert food into simpler chemical compounds that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body, as by chemical and muscular action in the alimentary canal.

  2. To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.

di·gest'i·bil'i·ty n.
di·gest'i·ble adj.
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