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English noun: purge

1. purge (act) the act of clearing yourself (or another) from some stigma or charge

Synonymspurgation, purging

Broader (hypernym)clearing

Narrower (hyponym)purification

2. purge (act) an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements


Broader (hypernym)cleaning, cleansing, cleanup

Narrower (hyponym)abreaction, catharsis, catharsis, katharsis, katharsis, purgation

3. purge (act) an abrupt or sudden removal of a person or group from an organization or place

SamplesHe died in a purge by Stalin.

Broader (hypernym)removal

English verb: purge

1. purge (social) oust politically

SamplesDeng Xiao Ping was purged several times throughout his lifetime.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)oppress, persecute


2. purge (communication) clear of a charge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

3. purge (change) make pure or free from sin or guilt

SamplesHe left the monastery purified.

Synonymspurify, sanctify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)lustrate, spiritualise, spiritualize

4. purge (change) rid of impurities

SamplesPurge the water.
Purge your mind.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)distill, make pure, purify, sublimate

5. purge (change) rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

SamplesFlush the wound with antibiotics.
Purge the old gas tank.

Synonymsflush, scour

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)rinse, rinse off

6. purge (body) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

SamplesAfter drinking too much, the students vomited.
He purged continuously.
The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night.

Synonymsbarf, be sick, cast, cat, chuck, disgorge, honk, puke, regorge, regurgitate, retch, sick, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)egest, eliminate, excrete, pass

Antonymskeep down

7. purge (body) excrete or evacuate (someone's bowels or body)

SamplesThe doctor decided that the patient must be purged.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)care for, treat

Causeempty, evacuate, void

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