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

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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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Importantly, this prevailing myth conflicted with early constructions of the ideal mother, who was characterized as pure, chaste, and white. BostonGlobe.com, "a new survey of 2,700 US women published in June," 14 Sep. 2019 The purest, most joyful tradition in the major leagues is that of Day Game Doughnuts. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Rise and Shine: MLB Players Reveal the Ritual of Day Game Doughnuts," 12 Sep. 2019 The new design means the tubes can be just 99.99 percent pure, a standard that is doable with current technology. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Milestone Carbon-Nanotube Microchip Sends First Message: ‘Hello World!’," 30 Aug. 2019 May God keep it unrivaled, crystal, pure, and always keep it that way. Luis Andres Henao, The Denver Post, "Brazil accepts planes from Chile to fight Amazon fires," 28 Aug. 2019 It doesn’t feel written so much as extracted from the mind in its purest, clearest, truest form. David Canfield, EW.com, "A close read of Inland, the rare novel with a perfect ending," 15 Aug. 2019 That’s zero waste in its purest, most visually pleasing form. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Is It Possible to Live Trash-Free?," 30 July 2019 As part of CoD:MW's base retail package, this mode emphasizes pure, high-speed competition in a really exhilarating way. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Boom-shaka-laka: Call of Duty’s new “Gunfight” mode is like NBA Jam with guns," 11 July 2019 This minority’s complaint was that then-Speaker John Boehner wasn’t pure enough on policy, and their votes highlighted classic GOP fault lines over budget deficits, subsidies, immigration and other issues. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Prima Donnas," 11 July 2019

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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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