[ verb dih-jest, dahy-; noun dahy-jest ]
/ verb dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-; noun ˈdaɪ dʒɛst /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to digest food.
to undergo digestion, as food.




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Origin of digest

First recorded in 1350–1400; (verb) Middle English digesten, from 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,” from Late Latin dīgesta (plural), Latin: “collection of writings,” neuter plural of dīgestus, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for digest (1 of 2)


verb (dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-)

noun (ˈdaɪdʒɛst)

Word Origin for digest

C14: from Late Latin dīgesta writings grouped under various heads, from Latin dīgerere to divide, from di- apart + gerere to bear

British Dictionary definitions for digest (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdaɪdʒɛst) /


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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Medical definitions for digest

[ dī-jĕst, dĭ- ]


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

Other words from digest

di•gest′i•bili•ty n.di•gesti•ble adj.
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