digest

Definitions

General English

  • verb to think about something and understand it fully

Agriculture

Food

  • verb to break down food in the stomach and intestine and convert it into elements that can be absorbed by the body

Information & Library Science

  • noun a book which summarises a series of reports, especially one that collects summaries of court decisions and is used as a reference tool by lawyers

Law

  • noun a book which collects summaries of court decisions together, used for reference purposes by legal practitioners

Media Studies

  • noun a compilation of articles or stories, originally from different sources, edited and brought together in a magazine, book or broadcast

Medical

Origin & History of “digest”

English took the verb digest from dīgest-, the past participle of Latin dīgerere. this was a compound verb formed from the prefix - ‘apart’ and gerere ‘carry’, and originally meant ‘divide, distribute’ – a sense which developed via ‘dissolve’ into the specifically physiological ‘dissolve and obtain nutrients from food in the body’. A further semantic offshoot of ‘distribute’ was ‘orderly arrangement’, and in fact the earliest use of the word in English was as the noun digest ‘summary of information’ (14th c.), from Latin dīgesta, the neuter plural of the past participle, literally ‘things arranged’.
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