1

purge

play
verb \ˈpərj\

Definition of purge

purged

;

purging

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

  3. 2a :  to cause evacuation from purge the bowelsb (1) :  to make free of something unwanted purge a manhole of gas purge yourself of fear (2) :  to free (something, such as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (something, such as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleedingc (1) :  to rid (a nation, a political party, etc.) 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

purger

noun

Examples of purge in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of purge from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'purge'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Did You Know?

In some cultures, a ritual bath or prayer is performed to purge guilt or evil spirits. The Minoans of ancient Crete may have used human sacrifice as a way of purging the entire community, which is fine for the community but rough on the victims. In many cultures, people periodically purge themselves physically—that is, clean out their digestive tracts—by taking strong laxatives; this used to be a popular springtime ritual, and herbal purgatives were readily available.

Origin and Etymology 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


2

purge

noun

Definition of purge

  1. 1 :  something that purges; especially :  purgative

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

Recent Examples of purge from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'purge'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of purge

1593



PURGE Defined for English Language Learners

purge

play
verb

Definition of purge for English Language Learners

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

  • : to cause something to leave the body

purge

noun

Definition of purge for English Language Learners

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


PURGE Defined for Kids

1

purge

play
verb \ˈpərj\

Definition of purge for Students

purged

;

purging

  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


2

purge

play
noun

Definition of purge for Students

  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


Medical Dictionary

1

purge

play
verb \ˈpərj\

Medical Definition of purge

purged

;

purging

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) or of or from the bowels of drugs that purge the bowels purged the patient with a cathartic

  4. 2:  to free (itself) of suspended matter usually by sedimentation—used of a liquid

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to become purged

  8. 2:  to have or produce frequent evacuations

  9. 3:  to cause purgation


2

purge

noun

Medical Definition of purge

  1. 1:  something that purges; especially :  purgative

  2. 2:  an act or instance of purging


Law Dictionary

purge

play
transitive verb \ˈpərj\

Legal Definition of purge

purged

purging

  1. 1 :  to clear (as oneself or another) of guilt purged himself of contempt

  2. 2 :  to become no longer guilty of purge the contempt



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to bring about or cause (something)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

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!