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Definition of exorcise verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also exorcize) verb
    , NAmE//ˈɛksərˌsaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exorcise he / she / it exorcises past simple exorcised -ing form exorcising
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  1. 1exorcise something (from somebody/something) to make an evil spirit leave a place or someone's body by special prayers or magic The ghost was exorcised from the house.
  2. 2exorcise something (from something) (formal) to remove something that is bad or painful from your mind She had managed to exorcise these unhappy memories from her mind. to exorcise the demons/ghosts of your past
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