purge

verb
\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to clear of guilt
b : to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
2a : to cause evacuation from purge the bowels
b(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 bleeding
c(1) : to rid (a nation, a political party, etc.) by a purge
(2) : to get rid of the leaders had been purged

intransitive verb

1 : to become purged
2 : to have or produce frequent evacuations
3 : to cause purgation

purge

noun

Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that purges especially : purgative
2a : an act or instance of purging
b : the removal of elements or members regarded as undesirable and especially as treacherous or disloyal

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Other Words from purge

Verb

purger noun

Synonyms for purge

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

Examples of purge in a Sentence

Verb High-ranking officials were purged from the company following the merger. a day on which the faithful are expected to purge themselves of their sins through prayer and fasting
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One way to feel more organized and in control without buying a single container is to simply purge excess stuff and commit to buying less. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 After giving up a 16-point cushion against Oregon State on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena, UCLA had a chance to purge the ghosts of collapses past and present in the last minute of overtime. Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 The commission gridlocked over whether the Green Party presidential ticket should be allowed on the ballot and whether to follow a judge’s order to purge a quarter-million Wisconsin voters from the rolls; both issues ended up in court. Vanessa Swales, ProPublica, 26 Oct. 2020 Lovato tells me the night before Simply Complicated dropped, her anxiety prompted a trip to Taco Bell to binge and purge. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 The addition of lactic acid keeps shine at bay and works to purge pores of impurities. Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2021 The new contract also removes the ability for employees to purge disciplinary records from their files. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2021 Witnesses in Bora accuse the soldiers of trying to purge ethnic Tigrayans from the area. Lucy Kassa, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 Retailers will continue to purge underperforming locations while negotiating lower rents from landlords to make the remaining spaces more viable. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump allies and Republican lawmakers lost thousands of followers in Twitter purge after Capitol riots Not that Sanders thinks hate speech and conspiracy theories should be allowed to spread. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 Regan’s purge of the science advisory panels, a rare move, has also drawn scrutiny from Republicans on the House Oversight Committee. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 Chiang Kai-shek instigated a bloody purge of Communists and Mao retreated with a small force into the Jinggang Mountains, on the border of Hunan and Jiangxi. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Make sure to clean and dry the portafilter, as well as purge and wipe down the milk frothing wand, when you’re done. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, 1 Apr. 2021 That was when Mao—then the leader of a communist insurgency—staged a sweeping and brutal purge of the party’s ranks to consolidate his control. The Economist, 1 Mar. 2021 The Xi family was denounced and shunned by many peers after Xi Zhongxun’s purge from the leadership in 1962. Jeremy Page, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 Softer waistlines, altered lifestyles, and the arrival of warm weather all point to an impending pants purge. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 13 Apr. 2021 The leadership purge came as it was disclosed that Officer Brian Sicknick had died following a clash with the Jan. 6 rioters. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of purge

Verb

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

Noun

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purge

Verb

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

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The first known use of purge was in the 14th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Purge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purge. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for purge

purge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

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

purge

verb
\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Kids Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to get rid of Ineffective workers were purged from the company.
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

purge

noun

Kids Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of ridding of what is unwanted
2 : the removal of members thought to be treacherous or disloyal a purge of party leaders

purge

verb
\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Medical Definition of purge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : 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
2 : to free (itself) of suspended matter usually by sedimentation used of a liquid

intransitive verb

1 : to become purged
2 : to have or produce frequent evacuations
3 : to cause purgation

purge

noun

Medical Definition of purge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that purges especially : purgative
2 : an act or instance of purging

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\ ˈpərj How to pronounce purge (audio) \
purged; purging

Legal Definition of purge

1 : to clear (as oneself or another) of guilt purged himself of contempt
2 : to become no longer guilty of purge the contempt

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