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verb [transitive]     purge pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepurging
past tensepurged
past participlepurged
  1. 1
    to remove people suddenly or violently from an organization, group etc
    purge something of someone:

    an effort to purge the council of corrupt officials

    purge someone from something:

    purging large numbers of workers from unprofitable businesses

  2. 2
    to remove a bad or unpleasant condition or feeling from someone or something
    purge someone of something:

    He was purged of all his fears and fell asleep at once.

    purge something from something:

    They were unable to purge the mistakes from the computer system.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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