[ 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.
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Origin of deterge
1615–25; (< F) < Latin dētergēre to wipe off, equivalent to dē- de- + tergēre to wipe
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British Dictionary definitions for deterge
/ (dɪˈtɜːdʒ) /
(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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