Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

pure

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective pure pronunciation in American English /pjʊr/ 
Word Forms
Close
adjectivepure
comparativepurer
superlativepurest
  1. 2
    [only before noun] used for emphasizing the amount or degree of something

    a scream of pure terror

    pure chance/coincidence/luck:

    Perhaps it was pure chance that the other woman happened to be there.

  2. 3
    a pure sound, color, light, etc. is very clear and beautiful

    The flowers were a pure white.

    the pure sound of children laughing

  3. 4
    science a pure subject of study, especially in science, deals only with theory and not with the way the theory is used

    pure mathematics

    1. a.
      a pure form of art does not have any practical purpose, such as selling something

      You could separate it from its political message and just look at it as pure poetry.

  4. 5
    a pure person or pure behavior is free from wrong, especially in sexual matters

    He cannot claim to have led an absolutely pure life.

    It is hard to be humble, and nobody is pure.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of pure

phrases

derived word

pureness

noun [uncountable]

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog