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verb (used with object), de·terged, de·terg·ing.
  1. to wipe or wash away; cleanse.
  2. to cleanse of impurities or undesirable matter, as a wound.
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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


  1. (tr) to wash or wipe away; cleanseto deterge a wound
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin dētergēre to wipe away, from de- + tergēre to wipe
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Word Origin and History for deterge


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

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