purge

[ purj ]
/ pɜrdʒ /
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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.

noun

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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.

OTHER WORDS FROM purge

purge·a·ble, adjectivepurger, nounun·purge·a·ble, adjectiveun·purged, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for purge

  • The sea, that purger of sick souls, had washed away the fever and the fret of the last few days.

    The House of the Vampire|George Sylvester Viereck

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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