purge - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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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.