What is the meaning of purge?


  • The act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge.
  • An act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements.
  • An abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place.
    • usage: "he died in a purge by Stalin"


  • Oust politically.
    • usage: "Deng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime"
  • Clear of a charge.
  • Make pure or free from sin or guilt.
    • usage: "he left the monastery purified"
  • Rid of impurities.
    • usage: "purge the water"; "purge your mind"
  • Rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid.
    • usage: "flush the wound with antibiotics"; "purge the old gas tank"
  • Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth.
    • usage: "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
  • Excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body. )
    • usage: "The doctor decided that the patient must be purged"
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