|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.||archaic (tr) to tolerate|
|7.||a comprehensive and systematic compilation of information or material, often condensed|
|8.||a magazine, periodical, etc, that summarizes news of current events|
|9.||a compilation of rules of law based on decided cases|
|[C14: from Late Latin dīgesta writings grouped under various heads, from Latin dīgerere to divide, from di- apart + gerere to bear]|
digest di·gest (dī-jěst', dĭ-)
v. di·gest·ed, di·gest·ing, di·gests
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.
To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.