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deterge

[ dih-turj ]
/ dɪˈtɜrdʒ /
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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.

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Origin of deterge

First recorded in1615–25; from French déterger, from Latin dētergēre “to wipe off,” equivalent to dē- prefix indicating removal + tergēre “to wipe”; see origin at de-

OTHER WORDS FROM deterge

de·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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