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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 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.
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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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