deterge

[ dih-turj ]
/ dɪˈtɜrdʒ /

verb (used with object), de·terged, de·terg·ing.

to wipe or wash away; cleanse.
to cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound.

Nearby words

  1. detention,
  2. detention camp,
  3. detention centre,
  4. detention home,
  5. deter,
  6. detergency,
  7. detergent,
  8. deteriorate,
  9. deterioration,
  10. determinable

Origin of deterge

1615–25; (< F) < Latin dētergēre to wipe off, equivalent to dē- de- + tergēre to wipe

Related formsde·ter·gen·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for deterge

deterge

/ (dɪˈtɜːdʒ) /

verb

(tr) to wash or wipe away; cleanseto deterge a wound

Word Origin for deterge

C17: from Latin dētergēre to wipe away, from de- + tergēre to wipe

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Word Origin and History for deterge

deterge

v.

1620s, from French déterger (16c.), from Latin detergere (see detergent).

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