deterge

verb
de·terge | \di-ˈtərj \
deterged; deterging

Definition of deterge 

transitive verb

: to wash off : cleanse

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from deterge

deterger noun

Did You Know?

Deterge is not a particularly common word in the English language. However, it is related to a word with which most of us are likely familiar: "detergent." Like "detergent," "deterge" comes (possibly by way of French déterger) from the Latin verb detergēre, itself from de- and tergēre ("to wipe"). "Deterge" entered the English language in the early 1600s and has primarily been used in medical contexts, such as Ambrose Cooper's 1757 recipe for Vulnerary Water: "This Water is of excellent Service in Contusions, Tumors attending Dislocation, Fractures and Mortifications, the Part affected being bathed with it. Some also use it to deterge foul Ulcers, and incarn Wounds…."

Examples of deterge in a Sentence

deterge the surface using an industrial-strength commercial soap

First Known Use of deterge

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deterge

French or Latin; French déterger, from Latin detergēre, from de- + tergēre to wipe

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about deterge

Listen to Our Podcast about deterge

Dictionary Entries near deterge

detentive

détenu

deter

deterge

detergency

detergent

deteriorable

Statistics for deterge

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for deterge

The first known use of deterge was circa 1623

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on deterge

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for deterge

Comments on deterge

What made you want to look up deterge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!