pre·di·gest (prē′dī-jĕst, -dĭ-)
tr.v. pre·di·gest·ed, pre·di·gest·ing, pre·di·gests
1. To subject (food) to partial digestion, usually through an enzymatic or chemical process, before ingestion.
2. To render in a simpler style or form: an introduction that tries to predigest the book.
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