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digest (old edd. often “disgest”; 1 the oldest sense of the word)
1. to arrange R3 III. i. 200 “ our complots in some form,” Troil. Prol. 29, Ham. II. ii. 469 [460] “an excellent play, well d-ed in the scenes,” Ant. II. ii. 182.
2. fig. of the physical sense of digesting food: (i) to put up with, swallow, stomach LLL. V. ii. 290 “ this harsh indignity,” Mer.V. III. v. 96; (ii) to assimilate, amalgamate All'sW. V. iii. 74 “in whom my house's name Must be d-ed,” Lr. I. i. 130 “With my two daughters' dowers the third” ; (iii) to get rid of, dispose of H5 II. Chor. 31 “well The abuse of distance” ; to disperse, dissipate 1H6 IV. i. 167 “ Your angry choler on your enemies” ; (iv) to comprehend, understand Cor. I. i. 156, III. i. 130.
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