verb (used with object), purged, purg·ing.
- to drive off (undesirable gases) from a furnace or stove.
- to free (a furnace or stove) of undesirable gases.
verb (used without object), purged, purg·ing.
Origin of purge
Related formspurge·a·ble, adjectivepurg·er, nounun·purge·a·ble, adjectiveun·purged, adjective
Examples from the Web for purging
Binge eating and purging does the same for someone with bulimia.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Al-Zarqawi believed in the importance of purging apostates – something his follower clearly endorses.
So was it simply the reports of the purging of the uncle which persuaded them to change their minds?
Another sign is a preoccupation with purging the party of heretics.More Sarah Palin Than Ronald Reagan: CPAC’s Paranoid Style|John Avlon|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Democracy works this way: it has non-violent means of purging malignant elements.
The growth of this conviction has been purging theology of many crude and revolting dogmas.The Church and Modern Life|Washington Gladden
There's nothing like a stiff climb and a summit for purging a man's mind.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Because it entereth not into his heart but goeth into his belly and goeth out into the privy, purging all meats?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
One cannot help thinking that a great step could be taken in the meanwhile by purging the poorhouses of all unworthy occupants.Darwinism and Race Progress|John Berry Haycraft
He was hardly laid upon his bed when the rain came, falling in great sheets with a loud noise, cooling and purging the hot air.The Drunkard|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
British Dictionary definitions for purging
- to empty (the bowels) by evacuation of faeces
- to cause (a person) to evacuate his bowels
- to clear (a person) of a charge
- to free (oneself) of guilt, as by atonementto purge contempt