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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: digestus, past participle of digerere 'to carry apart, arrange, digest'

digest

1 verb
     
di‧gest1 [transitive]
1HBDF to change food that you have just eaten into substances that your body can use:
Most babies can digest a wide range of food easily.
ingest
2 to understand new information, especially when there is a lot of it or it is difficult to understand:
I struggled to digest the news.
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