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Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English digesten, from Latin dīgestus, past participle of dīgerō (carry apart), from dī- (for dis- (apart)) + gerō (I carry), influenced by Middle French digestion. Partly displaced native Old English meltan (intransitive) and mieltan (transitive), both “to melt, to digest,” whence Modern English melt.


  • enPR: dī-jĕstʹ, də-jĕstʹ, IPA(key): /daɪˈd͡ʒɛst/, /dəˈd͡ʒɛst/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛst


digest (third-person singular simple present digests, present participle digesting, simple past and past participle digested)

  1. (transitive) To distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or application.
    to digest laws
  2. (transitive) 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. (transitive) 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. To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled to; to brook.
    • 1834, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Table Talk - Toleration-Norwegians
      I never can digest the loss of most of Origen's works.
  5. (transitive, chemistry) To expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
  6. (intransitive) To undergo digestion.
    I just ate an omelette and I'm waiting for it to digest.
  7. (medicine, obsolete, intransitive) To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
  8. (medicine, obsolete, transitive) To cause to suppurate, or generate pus, as an ulcer or wound.
  9. (obsolete, transitive) To ripen; to mature.
    • 1662, Jeremy Taylor, The Measures and Offices of Friendship
      well-digested fruits
  10. (obsolete, transitive) To quieten or reduce (a negative feeling, such as anger or grief)
  • (distribute or arrange methodically): arrange, sort, sort out
  • (separate food in the alimentary canal):
  • (think over and arrange methodically in the mind): sort out
  • (chemistry, soften by heat and moisture):
  • (undergo digestion):

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin dīgesta, neuter plural of dīgestus, past participle of dīgerō (separate).


  • enPR: dīʹjĕst, dīʹjəst, IPA(key): /ˈdaɪd͡ʒɛst/, /ˈdaɪd͡ʒəst/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛst


digest (plural digests)

  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 including a week's postings, or a magazine arranging a collection of writings.
    Reader's Digest is published monthly.
    The weekly email digest contains all the messages exchanged during the past week.
  4. (cryptography) The result of applying a hash function to a message.
Usage notesEdit
  • (compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged): 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.




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digest m (plural digests)

  1. digest (collection of articles)

Further readingEdit

Old FrenchEdit


Borrowed from Latin dīgestus.


digest m (oblique and nominative feminine singular digeste)

  1. digested



From English digest.


digest n (plural digesturi)

  1. digest (publication)