verb (used with object)

  1. to convert (food) in the alimentary canal into absorbable form for assimilation into the system.
  2. to promote the digestion of (food).
  3. to obtain information, ideas, or principles from; assimilate mentally: to digest a pamphlet on nuclear waste.
  4. to arrange methodically in the mind; think over: to digest a plan.
  5. to bear with patience; endure.
  6. to arrange in convenient or methodical order; reduce to a system; classify.
  7. to condense, abridge, or summarize.
  8. Chemistry. to soften or disintegrate (a substance) by means of moisture, heat, chemical action, or the like.

verb (used without object)

  1. to digest food.
  2. to undergo digestion, as food.


  1. a collection or compendium, usually of literary, historical, legal, or scientific matter, especially when classified or condensed.
  2. Law.
    1. a systematic abstract of some body of law.
    2. 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.
  3. Biochemistry. the product of the action of an enzyme on food or other organic material.


  1. (of food, drink, etc) partially digested
  2. (of ideas, beliefs, etc) not entirely assimilated mentallyhalf-digested tenets of the latest intellectual fads

verb (dɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-)

  1. to subject (food) to a process of digestion
  2. (tr) to assimilate mentally
  3. chem to soften or disintegrate or be softened or disintegrated by the action of heat, moisture, or chemicals; decompose
  4. (tr) to arrange in a methodical or systematic order; classify
  5. (tr) to reduce to a summary
  6. (tr) archaic to tolerate

noun (ˈdaɪdʒɛst)

  1. a comprehensive and systematic compilation of information or material, often condensed
  2. a magazine, periodical, etc, that summarizes news of current events
  3. a compilation of rules of law based on decided cases


  1. 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

“collection of writing,” late 14c., from Latin digesta, from neuter plural of digestus, literally “digested thing,” noun use of past participle of digerere “to separate, divide, arrange,” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + gerere “to carry” (see gest).


“assimilate food in bowels,” late 14c., from Latin digestus (see digest (n.)). Related: Digested; digesting.


  1. 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.
  2. To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.

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