digested; digesting; digests

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.

Definitions of digest
  1. verb
    convert food into absorbable substances
    “I cannot digest milk products”
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    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
  2. verb
    become assimilated into the body
    “Protein digests in a few hours”
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture
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    break down, break up, decompose, degrade
    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  4. verb
    soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture
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    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  5. verb
    arrange and integrate in the mind
    “I cannot digest all this information”
    synonyms: process
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    apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy
    understand or perceive the meaning of something
  6. verb
    systematize, as by classifying and summarizing
    “the government digested the entire law into a code”
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    systematise, systematize, systemise, systemize
    arrange according to a system or reduce to a system
  7. verb
    make more concise
    synonyms: concentrate, condense
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    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
  8. noun
    something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
    synonyms: compilation
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    collection, compendium
    a publication containing a variety of works
  9. noun
    a periodical that summarizes the news
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    a publication that appears at fixed intervals
  10. verb
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    synonyms: 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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