- 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.
- 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.
- a systematic abstract of some body of law.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for digest
Warfighting, its authors freely admitted, was essentially On War in digest form.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
It is this kind of abortion narrative that is easiest for people to digest, and there are many cases like this.Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth
September 10, 2014
Before you invoke images of a nation enjoying more indolence than industry, there is an uncomfortable statistic to digest.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Food intolerance occurs when your body is unable to digest a certain component of a food, such as the protein called gluten.10 Reasons You’re Exhausted and What to Do About It
April 25, 2014
Foods, wines are categorized as “digest” or “pas digest,” as in easy or difficult to digest.Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine
March 22, 2014
As to their clients, that is another thing; God knows they have much to digest!The Letters of Robert Burns
Well, great masters, if you swallow me, you may not digest me.
O, worshippers of heavy incapacity, take and digest it if you can.
It cannot digest itself; it cannot of its own accord turn into bone and muscle and blood.The Child and the Curriculum
A pint a day was his daily ration, the only nourishment he could digest.L'Assommoir
- to subject (food) to a process of digestion
- (tr) to assimilate mentally
- chem to soften or disintegrate or be softened or disintegrated by the action of heat, moisture, or chemicals; decompose
- (tr) to arrange in a methodical or systematic order; classify
- (tr) to reduce to a summary
- (tr) archaic to tolerate
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for digest
"assimilate food in bowels," late 14c., from Latin digestus (see digest (n.)). Related: Digested; digesting.
- 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.