What does digest mean?

Definitions for digest
dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-; ˈdaɪ dʒɛstdi·gest

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. digestnoun

    a periodical that summarizes the news

  2. compilation, digestverb

    something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)

  3. digestverb

    convert food into absorbable substances

    "I cannot digest milk products"

  4. digestverb

    arrange and integrate in the mind

    "I cannot digest all this information"

  5. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put upverb

    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"

  6. digestverb

    become assimilated into the body

    "Protein digests in a few hours"

  7. digestverb

    systematize, as by classifying and summarizing

    "the government digested the entire law into a code"

  8. digestverb

    soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture

  9. digest, condense, concentrateverb

    make more concise

    "condense the contents of a book into a summary"

  10. digestverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Digestnoun

    The pandect of the civil law, containing the opinions of the ancient lawyers.

    Etymology: digesta, Latin.

    I had a purpose to make a particular digest, or recompilement of the laws of mine own nation. Francis Bacon.

    Laws in the digest shew that the Romans applied themselves to trade. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

  2. To DIGESTverb

    Etymology: digero, digestum, Latin.

    If little faults, proceeding on distemper,
    Shall not be wink’d at, how shall we stretch our eye,
    When capital crimes, chew’d, swallow’d, and digested,
    Appear. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Each then has organs to digest his food;
    One to beget, and one receive the brood. Matthew Prior.

    A few chosen friends, who sometimes deign
    To bless my humble roof, with sense refin’d,
    Learning digested well. James Thomson, Winter, l. 550.

    Our play
    Leaps o’er the vaunt and firstlings of those broils,
    ’Ginning i’ th’ middle: starting thence away,
    To what may be digested in a play. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressid.

    First, let us go to dinner.
    —— Nay, let me praise you while I have a stomach.
    —— No, pray thee, let it serve for table talk;
    Then howsoe’er thou speak’st, ’mong other things
    I shall digest it. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    The pleasance of numbers, that rudeness and barbarism might the better taste and digest the lessons of civility. Henry Peacham.

    Cornwal and Albany,
    With my two daughters dowers, digest the third. William Shakespeare.

  3. To Digestverb

    To generate matter as a wound, and tend to a cure.


  1. digest

    Digest is a term that can have multiple meanings based on its context: 1) As a verb in bodily processes, it refers to the breakdown of food in the stomach and intestines into substances that can be used by the body. 2) As a noun, it may refer to a collection or compilation of information, potentially condensed or abridged for easy understanding or reference. 3) As a verb in reading or understanding context, it means to thoroughly understand or absorb information. 4) In wastewater treatment, it refers to the process of reducing organic matter by microbes through anaerobic or aerobic processes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Digestverb

    to distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or application; as, to digest the laws, etc

  2. Digestverb

    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. Digestverb

    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. Digestverb

    to appropriate for strengthening and comfort

  5. Digestverb

    hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled to; to brook

  6. Digestverb

    to soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations

  7. Digestverb

    to dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus, as an ulcer or wound

  8. Digestverb

    to ripen; to mature

  9. Digestverb

    to quiet or abate, as anger or grief

  10. Digestverb

    to undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill

  11. Digestverb

    to suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer

  12. Digestverb

    that which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles

  13. Digestverb

    a compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged. The term is applied in a general sense to the Pandects of Justinian (see Pandect), but is also specially given by authors to compilations of laws on particular topics; a summary of laws; as, Comyn's Digest; the United States Digest

  14. Etymology: [L. digestus, p. p. of digerere to separate, arrange, dissolve, digest; di- = dis- + gerere to bear, carry, wear. See Jest.]


  1. Digest

    The Digest, also known as the Pandects, is a name given to a compendium or digest of Roman law compiled by order of the emperor Justinian I in the 6th century. The Digest was one part of the Corpus Juris Civilis, the body of civil law issued under Justinian I. The other two parts were Institutes of Justinian, and the Codex Justinianus. A fourth part, the Novels, was added later. The original Codex Justinianus was promulgated in April of 529 by the C. "Summa," which made it the only source of imperial law, repealing all earlier codifications. However, it permitted reference to ancient jurists whose writings had been regarded as authoritative. Under Theodosus II's Law of Citations, the writings of Papinian, Paulus, Ulpian, Modestinus, and Gaius were made the primary juristic authorities who could be cited in court. Others cited by them also could be referred to, but their views had to be "informed by a comparison of manuscripts." Unfortunately, these authorities often conflicted. Therefore, Justinian ordered these conflicts to be settled and fifty of these were published as the "quinquaqinta decisiones". Soon after, he further decreed that the works of these ancient writers, which totaled over 1,500 books, be condensed into fifty books. These were to be entitled, in Latin, "Digesta" or, in Greek, "Pandectae". In response to this order of December 15, 530, Tribonian created a commission of sixteen members to do the work--one government official, four professors, and eleven advocates.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Digest

    di-jest′, v.t. to dissolve food in the stomach: to soften by heat and moisture: to distribute and arrange: to prepare or classify in the mind: to think over.—v.i. to be dissolved in the stomach: to be softened by heat and moisture.—adv. Digest′edly.—n. Digest′er, one who digests: a close vessel in which by heat and pressure strong extracts are made from animal and vegetable substances.—n. Digestibil′ity.—adj. Digest′ible, that may be digested.—n. Diges′tion, the dissolving of the food in the stomach: orderly arrangement: exposing to slow heat, &c.—adj. Digest′ive, pertaining to digestion: promoting digestion.—adv. Digest′ively. [L. digerĕre, digestum, to carry asunder or dissolve—di (= dis), asunder, and gerĕre, to bear.]

  2. Digest

    dī′jest, n. a body of laws collected and arranged, esp. the Justinian code of civil laws. [L. digesta, neut. pl. of digestus, pa.p. of digerĕre, to carry apart, to arrange.]

Editors Contribution

  1. digest

    To change food into a form of matter.

    The body of an animal and human can change food into a simple form this is called digestion.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of digest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of digest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of digest in a Sentence

  1. Miriam Gonzalez:

    It has come as a massive shock and many businesses are struggling to digest that today.

  2. Piyush Nagda:

    Venture capitalists have the stomach to digest these numbers, but retail investors react immediately once they see quarterly numbers.

  3. Masahiro Ichikawa:

    The markets had some time to digest the latest trade war developments and are poised to begin consolidating, it has become a pattern of reacting to each new development and hoping that trade strains ease in the next few months through negotiations.

  4. Xiao Meili:

    I'm still nervous now, i've been crying a lot recently. I'm most afraid that the( online harassment) would affect my real life. But it has -- my business has been attacked, and I have to take a break to take care of Xiao Meili, to digest and deal with all of this.

  5. James Abate:

    We had the sharp reflex rally this week, particularly in the finance sector, as people perceived results that were less bad than what was expected, people are going to digest what's happened thus far with the major banks, as well as Alcoa and some of the major industrial companies.

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