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.
- di·gest·ed·ly, adverb
- di·gest·ed·ness, noun
- half-di·gest·ed, adjective
- non·di·gest·ing, adjective
- o·ver·di·gest, verb
- re·di·gest, verb (used with object)
- sem·i·di·gest·ed, adjective
- un·di·gest·ed, adjective
- un·di·gest·ing, adjective
- well-di·gest·ed, adjective
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How to use digest in a sentence
It’s crucial to eat early and often and make sure you’re getting quick-hitting, easy-to-digest fuel, usually in the form of sugary snacks.
What follows is a digest of notes concerning the recent earnings results from Box, Sprout Social, Yext, Snowflake and Salesforce.Once a buzzword, digital transformation is reshaping markets | Ron Miller | May 28, 2021 | TechCrunch
If you want an overview of just the numbers, Natasha and I wrote a digest here.
Beyond speeding up the reading process, you can use digest tools to get edited highlights, and speed through documents, books, emails, and websites faster than before.Read, watch, and listen to things faster than ever before | David Nield | September 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
If you want to deal with a bunch of content at once, there’s Mailbrew, a smart digest service that covers a whole range of sources including email newsletters, Twitter, Reddit, and Google News.Read, watch, and listen to things faster than ever before | David Nield | September 9, 2020 | Popular-Science
Warfighting, its authors freely admitted, was essentially On War in digest form.
It is this kind of abortion narrative that is easiest for people to digest, and there are many cases like this.
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 | Clive Irving | August 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other volunteers brought Southern Living, Outdoor Photographer, People, Golf digest, and even a New Yorker.How I’ll End the War: Making Collage Art With Afghan Students | Nick Willard | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | DailyBurn | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are trying to digest the riffraff of the world, and can't do it, in spite of such incorrigible optimists as Judge Leslie.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Unlike those feathered Romans of the Decadence, we moderns settle for one meal at a sitting, and let it digest in peace.The Great Potlatch Riots | Allen Kim Lang
No doubt, it is possible to thoroughly digest all the requisite material, and then present it in a perfect, beautiful form.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
Of deeper interest was the act appointing a committee to make a digest of the laws, that they may be putt in print.A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
He paused to digest this impossibility, then chattered briskly on.Ramsey Milholland | Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for digest (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for Digest (2 of 2)
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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