Definition of pure
1a (1) : unmixed with any other matter pure gold (2) : free from dust, dirt, or taint pure spring water (3) : spotless, stainlessb : free from harshness or roughness and being in tune —used of a musical tonec of a vowel : characterized by no appreciable alteration of articulation during utterance
2a : being thus and no other : sheer, unmitigated pure follyb (1) : abstract, theoretical pure research (2) : a priori pure mechanicsc : not directed toward exposition of reality or solution of practical problems pure literatured : being nonobjective and to be appraised on formal and technical qualities only pure form
3a (1) : free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes (2) : containing nothing that does not properly belongb : free from moral fault or guiltc : marked by chastity : continentd (1) : of pure blood and unmixed ancestry (2) : homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characterse : ritually clean
4 : having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role a pure shooter in basketball
Examples of pure in a Sentence
The company bottles only the purest water.
the pure notes of the flute
Recent Examples of pure from the Web
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The bar is low, possibly as low as 87 wins, because the Cubs have played poorly, especially on defense, hitting with runners on base, their catching and the pure stuff of their starters.
Conservative intellectuals make a sharp distinction, at least in theory, between good wealth amassed through pure capitalism and bad wealth obtained by government favoritism.
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Churchgoers had been impressed with the school's pure honey.
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Origin and Etymology of pure
Middle English pur, from Anglo-French, from Latin purus; akin to Old High German fowen to sift, Sanskrit punāti he cleanses, Middle Irish úr fresh, new
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of pure
PURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pure for English Language Learners
: not mixed with anything else
: clean and not harmful in any way
: having a smooth and clear sound that is not mixed with any other sounds
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Legal Definition of pure
1a : unmixed with any other matter b : free from dirt or taint
2 : being thus and nothing other a pure no-fault compensation system
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