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

Other Words from purge

Verb

purger noun

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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 Groups would also be incentivized to make sure that their members are real, and to purge the bots, because any benefits of membership would be shared by all who joined. Jaron Lanier, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 Movement and unstructured play after a drill helps students purge stress hormones and regulate their nervous systems. Laura Newberrystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The need to purge it from country music, at least from an artist/industry standpoint, was amplified as representatives of the genre discussed its history of exclusion the past few years. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 June 2022 There is no question then that Trump is aggressively trying to purge the Republican Party of any voices of dissent. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 Police tried to purge traitors from their ranks — and went too far. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Aiming in a safe direction, release the pressure washer trigger lock and press the trigger to purge air from the setup, leaving it on until water comes out of the wand. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2022 In the meantime, Air Liquide is beefing up its ability to provide nitrogen to pad 39B, a critical gas used to purge other gases from a specific area. Emre Kelly, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 In the case of this population, that actually helped to purge harmful traits from being spread across the vaquita population. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After an initial purge of the ruling Communist Party members, the new government turned toward suppressing Islamist and other opposition groups, which led to a nascent resistance movement. Ali A. Olomi, The Conversation, 26 Aug. 2021 Krasner even confounds many of his employees, like the prosecutors under him suddenly bereft of institutional knowledge after a staff purge. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Look no further than Georgia, where the once-red state backed Democrat Joe Biden and elected two Democratic senators after a controversial purge of voters two years earlier. Jeremy Wallace, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2021 That deadly purge did not become public knowledge until it was reported in the press, in 2017. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 That led the company to devise a short-term solution, creating a purge system, which involves a small bag, designed to keep out corrosion-causing moisture. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 19 May 2022 Another winter payroll purge resulted in the trades of franchise cornerstones Matt Olson and Matt Chapman and ace Chris Bassitt and the departures of outfielder Mark Canha and long-time manager Bob Melvin. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The system may also experience some purge gas issues, electrical problems, or poor radio communication. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 All the while, the broader political purge and repression of rights that was already under way in Hong Kong has carried on undisrupted. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for purge

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, Harry Potter and the 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

purge

transitive verb
\ 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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