verb de·terge \di-ˈtərj\

Definition of DETERGE

transitive verb
:  to wash off :  cleanse
de·terg·er noun

Examples of DETERGE

  1. <deterge the surface using an industrial-strength commercial soap>

Origin of DETERGE

French or Latin; French déterger, from Latin detergēre, from de- + tergēre to wipe
First Known Use: circa 1623


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