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 for Digesting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Digest \Di*gest"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Digested; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Digesting.] [L. digestus, p. p. of digerere to separate,
     arrange, dissolve, digest; di- = dis- + gerere to bear,
     carry, wear. See Jest.]
     1. To distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and
        classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or
        application; as, to digest the laws, etc.
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              Joining them together and digesting them into order.
                                                    --Blair.
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              We have cause to be glad that matters are so well
              digested.                             --Shak.
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     2. (Physiol.) To separate (the food) in its passage through
        the alimentary canal into the nutritive and nonnutritive
        elements; to prepare, by the action of the digestive
        juices, for conversion into blood; to convert into chyme.
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     3. To think over and arrange methodically in the mind; to
        reduce to a plan or method; to receive in the mind and
        consider carefully; to get an understanding of; to
        comprehend.
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              Feelingly digest the words you speak in prayer.
                                                    --Sir H.
                                                    Sidney.
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              How shall this bosom multiplied digest
              The senate's courtesy?                --Shak.
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     4. To appropriate for strengthening and comfort.
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              Grant that we may in such wise hear them [the
              Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
              them.                                 --Book of
                                                    Common Prayer.
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     5. Hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled
        to; to brook.
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              I never can digest the loss of most of Origin's
              works.                                --Coleridge.
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     6. (Chem.) To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a
        gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for
        chemical operations.
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     7. (Med.) To dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus,
        as an ulcer or wound.
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     8. To ripen; to mature. [Obs.]
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              Well-digested fruits.                 --Jer. Taylor.
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     9. To quiet or abate, as anger or grief.
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