Purge meaning

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To vomit or force oneself to vomit, especially as a symptom of an eating disorder.
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The process of ridding a nation, political party, etc. of individuals held to be disloyal or undesirable.
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(law) To clear (a person) of a charge or conviction.
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To cleanse or rid of impurities, foreign matter, or undesirable elements.
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To become clean, clear, or pure.
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Purge means the act of cleansing or clearing.

An example of purge is all unused email addresses removed from a contact list.

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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.

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(medicine) To undergo or cause an emptying of the bowels.
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The act or process of purging.

A purge of unwanted files.

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Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.
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An instance of vomiting or of forcing oneself to vomit.
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To cleanse of guilt, sin, or ceremonial defilement.
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To remove by cleansing; clear (away, off, or out)
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(law) To free from a charge or imputation of guilt.
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To have or effect a thorough bowel movement.
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The act of purging.
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That which purges; esp., a purgative, or cathartic.
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To vomit or force oneself to vomit, especially as a symptom of an eating disorder.
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Something that purges, especially a medicinal purgative.
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An instance of vomiting or of forcing oneself to vomit.
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To eliminate or delete.
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An act of purging.
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(medicine) An evacuation of the bowels or a vomiting.
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A cleansing of pipes.
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A forcible removal of people from political activity.

Stalin liked to ensure that his purges were not reversible.

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That which purges; especially, a medicine that evacuates the intestines; a cathartic.

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(religion) To free from sin, guilt, or the burden or responsibility of misdeeds.
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To remove by cleansing; to wash away.
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(medicine) To void (the bowels); to vomit.
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(medicine) To operate on (somebody) as a cathartic, or in a similar manner.
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(law) To clear of a charge, suspicion, or imputation.
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To clarify; to clear the dregs from (liqu).
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(intransitive) To become pure, as by clarification.
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(intransitive) To have or produce frequent evacuations from the intestines, as by means of a cathartic.
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Origin of purge

  • Middle English purgen from Old French purgier from Latin pūrgāre from pūrus pure peuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English purgen, from Old French purger, from Latin purgare (“make pure, cleanse"), from purus (“clean, pure") + agere (“to make, do").

    From Wiktionary