- Purge means the act of cleansing or clearing.
An example of purge is all unused email addresses removed from a contact list.
- Purge is defined as to cleanse or clear of unwanted people or things.
An example of purge is getting rid of stuff in a closet which is no longer needed.
- to cleanse or rid of impurities, foreign matter, or undesirable elements
- to cleanse of guilt, sin, or ceremonial defilement
- to remove by cleansing; clear (away, off, or out)
- to rid (a nation, political party, etc.) of individuals held to be disloyal or undesirable
- to kill or otherwise get rid of (such individuals)
- Law to free from a charge or imputation of guilt
- to empty (the bowels)
- to cause (a person) to empty the bowels
Origin of purgeMiddle English purgen ; from Old French purgier ; from Classical Latin purgare, to cleanse ; from purus, clean (see pure) + agere, to do: see act
- to become clean, clear, or pure
- to have or effect a thorough bowel movement
- the act of purging
- that which purges; esp., a purgative, or cathartic
- the process of ridding a nation, political party, etc. of individuals held to be disloyal or undesirable
verbpurged, purg·ing, purg·es
- a. To clear (a container or space, for example) of something unclean or unwanted: purge a water pipe of air.b. To remove or eliminate (unwanted physical matter): purge the air from a water pipe.
- a. To rid (a person or thing) of something unwanted: “He had purged his brain of grandiose and debilitating dreams” (Tom Junod).b. To remove or eliminate (an unwanted element): attempts to purge indecent remarks from company e-mail.
- Law To clear (a person) of a charge or conviction.
- a. To rid (a nation or political party, for example) of people considered undesirable.b. To get rid of (people considered undesirable).
- Medicine a. To cause evacuation of (the bowels).b. To induce evacuation of the bowels in (an individual).
- Computers a. To clear (a storage device) of unwanted data.b. To delete (unwanted data) from a storage device.
- Medicine To undergo or cause an emptying of the bowels.
- To vomit or force oneself to vomit, especially as a symptom of an eating disorder.
- The act or process of purging: a purge of unwanted files.
- Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.
- An instance of vomiting or of forcing oneself to vomit.
Origin of purgeMiddle English purgen, from Old French purgier, from Latin p&umacron;rg&amacron;re, from p&umacron;rus, pure; see peu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- An act of purging
- (medicine) An evacuation of the bowels or a vomiting.
- A cleansing of pipes.
- A forcible removal of people from political activity.
- Stalin liked to ensure that his purges were not reversible.
- That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.
(third-person singular simple present purges, present participle purging, simple past and past participle purged)
- to clean thoroughly; to cleanse; to rid of impurities
- (religion) to free from sin, guilt, or the burden or responsibility of misdeeds
- To remove by cleansing; to wash away.
- (medicine) to void (the bowels); to vomit.
- (medicine) To operate on (somebody) as a cathartic, or in a similar manner.
- (law) to clear of a charge, suspicion, or imputation
- To clarify; to clear the dregs from (liqu).
- (intransitive) To become pure, as by clarification.
- (intransitive) To have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic.
purge - Computer Definition
To eliminate or delete.