pure

adjective
\ ˈpyu̇r How to pronounce pure (audio) \
purer; purest

Definition of pure

1a(1) : unmixed with any other matter pure gold
(2) : free from dust, dirt, or taint pure spring water
b : free from harshness or roughness and being in tune used of a musical tone
c of a vowel : characterized by no appreciable alteration of articulation during utterance
2a : being thus and no other : sheer, unmitigated pure folly
b(1) : abstract, theoretical pure research
(2) : a priori pure mechanics
c : not directed toward exposition of reality or solution of practical problems pure literature
d : 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 belong
b : free from moral fault or guilt
c : marked by chastity : continent
d(1) : of pure blood and unmixed ancestry
(2) : homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characters
e : ritually clean
4 : having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role a pure shooter in basketball

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Other Words from pure

pureness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for pure

chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows. they maintained chaste relations pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions. the pure of heart modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity. preferred more modest swimsuits decent people didn't go to such movies

Examples of pure in a Sentence

The company bottles only the purest water. the pure notes of the flute

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Once again, this is pure speculation and has the basis of a conspiracy web crafted by Teen Wolf’s Stiles Stilinski himself. Clarkisha Kent, EW.com, "Has Euphoria's lead character been dead the whole time?," 3 July 2019 Must-tries: The menu is comfort food, pure, but not exactly simple. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Quick bite: At Keystone Korner, jazz and food, reincarnated," 19 June 2019 Over four years, the fire smelted an ever-purer, ever-bolder warriorhood. Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, "Lunches in the Maelstrom," 17 June 2019 Expect to be enveloped in a space inspired by early 20th-century French Art Nouveau, regaled with stories of classic cocktails and delighted by pure, distilled flavor. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 IDEAS Blanchard is a Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Like so many musicians from New Orleans, Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.–known as Dr. John–played music for the pure love of it. Terence Blanchard, Time, "Terence Blanchard on How Dr. John Captured the Sound of New Orleans," 13 June 2019 General manager Myers wept at the podium in a rare display of pure love and raw emotion that an executive feels for a player. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "After Kevin Durant sacrificed it all, Oracle will be a hurricane of emotion," 11 June 2019 What’s scarier — especially to them — is that Brooks might actually just be that pure. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Review: Denver gives Garth Brooks the “greatest night of (his) career”," 9 June 2019 Thermals are pure gold for aerial creatures that do the work of flying for birds, allowing them to save energy. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Vultures Use Social Networks to Share Crucial Flight Information," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of pure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for 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

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pure

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pure

: 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

pure

adjective
\ ˈpyu̇r How to pronounce pure (audio) \
purer; purest

Kids Definition of pure

1 : not mixed with anything else : free from everything that might injure or lower the quality pure water pure silk
2 : free from sin : innocent, chaste
3 : nothing other than : total pure nonsense

Other Words from pure

purely adverb

pure

adjective
\ ˈpyu̇(ə)r How to pronounce pure (audio) \
purer; purest

Medical Definition of pure

1 : unmixed with any other matter pure gold
2 : free from dust, dirt, or taint pure food
3a : of unmixed ancestry : purebred
b : homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characters

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pureness noun

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pure

adjective

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

Other Words from pure

purely adverb
pureness noun

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