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verb [transitive] purge pronunciation in American English /pɜrdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypurge
he/she/itpurges
present participlepurging
past tensepurged
past participlepurged
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  1. 1
    to remove people suddenly or violently from an organization, group, etc.
    purge something of someone:

    an effort to purge the state government 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.

  3. 3
    old-fashioned to remove a harmful substance from your body by taking a purgative

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