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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: purgier, from Latin purgare 'to make pure', from purus; PURE

purge

1 verb
     
purge1
1 [transitive] to force people to leave a place or organization because the people in power do not like them
purge something of somebody/something
He sought to purge the Democrat party of conservatives.
purge somebody/something from something
plans to purge ethnic minorities from rebel-controlled areas
2 [transitive] to remove something that is thought to be harmful or unacceptable
purge something of somebody/something
an initiative to purge the PC market of software pirates
Local languages were purged of Russian words.
purge somebody/something from something
It's hard to imagine now that Lawrence's novels were purged from public libraries.
3 [transitive] to destroy something that is no longer needed:
The system automatically purges unread emails after two weeks.
4 [transitive] literary to remove bad feelings
purge somebody/something of something
We have to begin by purging our minds of prejudice.
Any doubts about his leadership were purged by the courage of his performance.
5HBH [transitive] to take a substance that makes your bowels empty:
Anorexics may overeat before purging themselves or vomiting.
6 [intransitive] to force yourself to bring food up from your stomach and out of your mouth, especially because you have bulimia

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