[ 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.


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 forms

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


/ (pɜːdʒ) /



Derived Forms

purger, noun

Word Origin for purge

C14: from Old French purger, from Latin pūrgāre to purify
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Medicine definitions for purging


[ pûrj ]


To cause evacuation of the bowels.


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