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purge

[ purj ]
/ pɜrdʒ /
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Definition of purge

verb (used with object), purged, purg·ing.
verb (used without object), purged, purg·ing.
to become cleansed or purified.
to clear or empty the stomach or bowels by inducing vomiting or evacuation: A bulimic individual who binges and purges often will experience physical changes that make stopping the cycle extremely difficult.
noun
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Origin of purge

First recorded in 1250–1300; (verb) Middle English purgen, from Old French purg(i)er, from Latin pūrgāre “to cleanse”; (noun) Middle English, from Old French, derivative of the verb

OTHER WORDS FROM purge

purge·a·ble, adjectivepurg·er, nounun·purge·a·ble, adjectiveun·purged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for purge

purge
/ (pɜːdʒ) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of purge

purger, noun

Word Origin for purge

C14: from Old French purger, from Latin pūrgāre to purify
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Medical definitions for purge

purge
[ pûrj ]

v.
To cause evacuation of the bowels.
n.
The act or process of purging.
Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.
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