When your stomach breaks down food, it digests it. To digest is to process food so it can be absorbed into the body or information so the mind can absorb it.

If you tell your mother some bad news, like say, that you failed your math test after studying so hard, she might say, "Let me take a moment to digest that information." She's not going to swallow the paper and let her stomach do the work. Instead, she's going to take a moment to sit with the news and understand it. As a noun, a digest is a magazine that breaks down information into understandable summaries.

Primary Meanings of digest

convert food into absorbable substances
arrange and integrate in the mind
something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
Full Definitions of digest

v convert food into absorbable substances

“I cannot digest milk products”
bear to eat
digest (food) beforehand
Type of:
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

v become assimilated into the body

“Protein digests in a few hours”
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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

Type of:
break down, break up, decompose
separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

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

Type of:
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v arrange and integrate in the mind

“I cannot digest all this information”
Type of:
apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy
understand or perceive the meaning of something

v systematize, as by classifying and summarizing

“the government digested the entire law into a code”
Type of:
systematise, systematize, systemise, systemize
arrange according to a system or reduce to a system

v make more concise

concentrate, condense
capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulate
put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
make smaller or shorter
Type of:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

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

Type of:
collection, compendium
a publication containing a variety of works

n a periodical that summarizes the news

Type of:
a publication that appears at fixed intervals

v put up with something or somebody unpleasant

abide, bear, brook, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
experience (emotional) pain
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accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
hold still for, stand for
tolerate or bear
bear up
endure cheerfully
take lying down
suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
take a joke
listen to a joke at one's own expense
sit out
endure to the end
bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
get one's lumps, take one's lumps
suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

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