AskDefine | Define digest

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1 a periodical that summarizes the news
2 something that is compiled (as into a single book or file) [syn: compilation]


1 convert food into absorbable substances; "I cannot digest milk products"
2 arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"
3 put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage" [syn: endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up]
4 become assimilated into the body; "Protein digests in a few hours"
5 systematize, as by classifying and summarizing; "the government digested the entire law into a code"
6 soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture
7 make more concise; "condense the contents of a book into a summary" [syn: condense, concentrate]
8 soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture

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Pronunciation 1

  • , /daɪˈdʒɛst/|/daɪˈdʒɛst/, /daI"dZEst/ or /daI"dZEst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst


  1. To distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or application.
    to digest laws
  2. To separate (the food) in its passage through the alimentary canal into the nutritive and nonnutritive elements; to prepare, by the action of the digestive juices, for conversion into blood; to convert into chyme.
  3. To think over and arrange methodically in the mind; to reduce to a plan or method; to receive in the mind and consider carefully; to get an understanding of; to comprehend.
  4. In the context of "transitive|chemistry": To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
  5. To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
to distribute or arrange methodically
to separate food in the alimentary canal
to think over and arrange methodically in the mind
in chemistry: to soften by heat and moisture
to undergo digestion

Pronunciation 2

  • , /ˈdaɪdʒɛst/, /"daIdZEst/
  • Rhymes: -ɛst


  1. That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles
  2. A compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged; a summary of laws.
    Comyn's Digest
    the United States Digest
  3. Any collection of articles, as an Internet mailing list "digest" including a week's postings, or a magazine arranging a collection of writings.
    Reader's Digest is published monthly.
Usage notes
  • The term is applied in a general sense to the Pandects of Justinian, but is also specially given by authors to compilations of laws on particular topics.
that which is digested
compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged
magazine of abridged articles

Extensive Definition

Digest can refer to any of the following:

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