[ purj ]
/ pɜrdʒ /

verb (used with object), purged, purg·ing.

verb (used without object), purged, purg·ing.

to become cleansed or purified.
to undergo or cause purging of the bowels.


Nearby words

  1. purgative,
  2. purgatively,
  3. purgatoire,
  4. purgatorial,
  5. purgatory,
  6. purgery,
  7. purging nut,
  8. puri,
  9. purification,
  10. purification of the virgin mary

Origin of purge

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English purgen < Old French purg(i)er < Latin pūrgāre to cleanse; (noun) Middle English < Old French, derivative of the v.

Related formspurge·a·ble, adjectivepurg·er, nounun·purge·a·ble, adjectiveun·purged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for purge


/ (pɜːdʒ) /



Derived Formspurger, noun

Word Origin for purge

C14: from Old French purger, from Latin pūrgāre to purify

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Word Origin and History for purge
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Medicine definitions for purge


[ pûrj ]


To cause evacuation of the bowels.


The act or process of purging.
Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.

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