Definition of digestive in English:



  • 1Relating to the process of digesting food.

    ‘digestive disorders’
    • ‘Now, I need to take digestive enzymes to help process my food, but I left them in Rochester.’
    • ‘An infusion made from the crushed foliage has cleansing and antiseptic properties and is used for soothing and healing skin wounds, and also as a remedy for certain digestive disorders.’
    • ‘The basic symptoms of stress are headaches, migraine, hypertension, and digestive disorders to name a few.’
    • ‘A potent immune-booster, it fights infections and can help with digestive disorders, urinary tract infections and PMS.’
    • ‘The stomach produces acid to break down food during the digestive process.’
    • ‘The disease is more than just a disorder of the digestive system and affects the whole body.’
    • ‘It massages the abdominal muscles, alleviating digestive disorders.’
    • ‘Because spotted hyenas have the ability to consume large amounts of food, body mass can be influenced by the amount of food in the digestive system.’
    • ‘And many digestive disorders can be treated - if caught in the early stages.’
    • ‘These include increased blood pressure, cancers of the mouth and upper digestive system, cirrhosis of the liver, and pancreatic and other digestive disorders.’
    • ‘Gastro-enterologists the world over attribute many of the chronic digestive disorders to the hurried swallowing of food, which may be over spiced or oily.’
    • ‘Drinking with food can dilute acid and digestive enzymes, causing the digestive process to stall.’
    • ‘IBS is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract, with about a fifth of people in the UK experiencing occasional symptoms.’
    • ‘To be calm and composed helps you increase the chewing time of food, which synchronizes properly with the rest of your digestive processes.’
    • ‘This is used to break down food as part of the digestive process.’
    • ‘The tea is a stimulant for digestive disorders and is particularly beneficial in the case of seasickness.’
    • ‘It can restore harmony to hormonal imbalances and cure breathing disorders and digestive problems.’
    • ‘Different yoga postures can help a variety of ailments, from arthritis to digestive disorders, but many people use it as a simple relaxation tool.’
    • ‘The digestive process begins in the mouth as the food is chewed and ground to reduce the size of the pieces of ingested food.’
    • ‘Eating it regularly reduces problems like stomach and digestive disorders, anaemia, respiratory infections and diabetes.’
    1. 1.1 (of food or medicine) aiding or promoting the process of digestion.
      ‘tubes of digestive mints’
      • ‘Why take the less expensive, older arthritis or digestive drugs when someone else will pay for the more expensive, newer, drugs?’
      • ‘The prescription is straight forward with blood tonics, spleen and digestive herbs, Tian Ma and Qiang Huo for the hair as well as Man Jing Zi.’
      • ‘Peppermint is often gentler than other digestive herbs, such as ginger and cayenne; the aroma alone has a sedating and calming effect on many.’
      • ‘Omit it all together or try adding digestive herbs such as Chen Pi and Sha Ren.’
      • ‘They're all anti-bloating medicines, antacids, digestive aids, all things to put out the fire in our stomachs from the poison we call lunch.’


  • 1A food, drink, or medicine that aids or promotes the digestion of food.

    • ‘In fact, ginkgo was used by the Chinese as a digestive and kidney tonic for thousands of years before brain attributes were discovered by modern scientists.’
    • ‘The result is a vodka with silken, subtle flavors that, unlike most, can be served at room temperature rather than chilled and can be drunk as a digestive as well as in a martini or a mixer.’
    • ‘It is frequently used as a digestive and, when made into an infusion and cooled, as an eye-wash and a cleanser for superficial wounds.’
    • ‘With a small mortar and pestle she mashed dried coriander seed from Timothy's garden and added it to the peaberry to soften its acidic taste and to serve as a digestive.’
    • ‘After the meal came a much-appreciated dressed green salad that worked as a digestive.’
    • ‘The company is to launch a new Ayurvedic range that includes a whole range of products for treating cough and cold, memory enhancers, blood purifiers and digestives.’
    • ‘They are the ideal digestive for warming up in the frigid months of winter.’
    • ‘On May 27, the theme will be Strawberries and will include the chef's Table menu with several aperitifs, fine Bulgarian wines, digestives and coffee.’
  • 2British A round semi-sweet biscuit made of wholemeal flour.

    • ‘Pensioners can have a cup of tea and a biscuit for 5p and all the gardeners roll up to dunk their digestives in the afternoon sunshine.’
    • ‘In the course of the London-Oxford journey she consumed nearly a whole packet of chocolate digestives.’
    • ‘Carrie spied the two chocolate digestives I had put on her saucer.’
    • ‘Well, she acknowledges, as we sit together drinking tea and nibbling chocolate digestives in the garden of their Victorian house, it is presumptuous, writing your memoirs.’
    • ‘Apart from that the day was a complete non-event and as soon as I got home I crashed in front of the telly with a cup of tea and a packet of chocolate digestives.’
    • ‘Its not exactly digestives and a coffee by a roaring open fire but its heartwarming stuff tonight as real evidence of an ever growing and emerging hard rock scene takes root.’
    • ‘Anyway, your tea is very pleasant - although I do find that it makes me utterly famished; if I'm dunking I need an entire pack of digestives.’
    • ‘Combine the digestives and butter and press into the base and a little way up the sides of a 24 cm springform pan, lightly buttered.’
    • ‘Melt the dark chocolate, 100g of milk chocolate, the butter and syrup together and then stir in the digestives.’
    • ‘Surely he could be persuaded to have a chocolate digestive.’
    • ‘Focusing on relationships, parenting, pregnancy and health, it's an online coffee morning complete with virtual chocolate digestives, milky lattes and plenty of advice.’
    • ‘Let cool to room temperature, and serve with shortbread cookies or digestive biscuits.’
    • ‘I was just thinking how nice these chocolate digestives were when I read your mail asking for a fitness update.’
    • ‘If you eat two chocolate digestive biscuits, they cancel each other out.’
    • ‘Help yourselves to a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive, or we have weak orange squash for the very nervous amongst you.’
    • ‘But this, spotted today at about 3pm, really takes the digestive biscuit.’
    • ‘Spent the afternoon munching digestives, which were the low fat alternative that shatter all over the desk and your lap.’
    • ‘Secondly, while the restaurant has a few guest rooms, the packet of digestives on the in-room tea tray was several months past its sell-by date.’
    • ‘But the A9 was choked with roadworks and elderly Germans in caravans, causing much crankiness and scoffing of chocolate digestives.’
    • ‘Decorated digestives, vegetable people and miniature gardens were just some of the more artistic classes.’


Late Middle English: from Old French digestif, -ive or Latin digestivus, from digest- ‘digested’, from the verb digerere (see digest).