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purge

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verb \ˈpərj\

Simple Definition of purge

  • : to remove people from an area, country, organization, etc., often in a violent and sudden way

  • : to cause something to leave the body

Full Definition of purge

purgedpurg·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to clear of guilt b :  to free from moral or ceremonial defilement

  3. 2 a :  to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) b (1) :  to make free of something unwanted <purge a manhole of gas> <purge yourself of fear> (2) :  to free (as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding c (1) :  to rid (as a nation or party) by a purge (2) :  to get rid of <the leaders had been purged>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become purged

  6. 2 :  to have or produce frequent evacuations

  7. 3 :  to cause purgation

purg·er noun

Examples of purge

  1. High-ranking officials were purged from the company following the merger.

  2. <a day on which the faithful are expected to purge themselves of their sins through prayer and fasting>



Origin of purge

Middle English, from Anglo-French purger, from Latin purigare, purgare to purify, purge, from purus pure + -igare (akin to agere to drive, do) — more at act


First Known Use: 14th century


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purge

noun

Simple Definition of purge

  • : the often violent and sudden removal of people from an area, country, organization, etc.

Full Definition of purge

  1. 1 :  something that purges; especially :  purgative

  2. 2 a :  an act or instance of purging b :  the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal

1563

First Known Use of purge

1563



PURGE Defined for Kids

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purge

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verb \ˈpərj\

Definition of purge

purgedpurg·ing

  1. 1 :  to get rid of <Ineffective workers were purged from the company.>

  2. 2 :  to rid of unwanted things or people <The heir alone would be able to … purge the school of all who were unworthy to study magic. — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>




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purge

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noun

Definition of purge

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of ridding of what is unwanted

  2. 2 :  the removal of members thought to be treacherous or disloyal <a purge of party leaders>





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