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Definition of pure adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , purest
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    not mixed
  1. 1[usually before noun] not mixed with anything else; with nothing added pure gold/silk, etc. These shirts are 100% pure cotton. Classical dance in its purest form requires symmetry and balance. One movie is classified as pure art, the other as entertainment.
  2. clean
  3. 2clean and not containing any harmful substances a bottle of pure water The air was sweet and pure. opposite impure
  4. complete
  5. 3[only before noun] complete and total They met by pure chance. She laughed with pure joy. These reports are pure speculation (= there is no evidence that they are true).
  6. morally good
  7. 4without evil thoughts or actions, especially sexual ones; morally good to lead a pure life His motives were pure. (literary) to be pure in body and mind opposite impure
  8. color/sound/light
  9. 5very clear; perfect beaches of pure white sand a pure voice
  10. subject you study
  11. 6[only before noun] concerned with increasing knowledge of the subject rather than with using knowledge in practical ways pure mathematics technology as opposed to pure science subjects compare applied
  12. breed/race
  13. 7not mixed with any other breed or race, etc. These cattle are one of the purest breeds. see also pure-bred see also purify, purity
  14. Idioms
    pure and simple
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    used after the noun that it refers to in order to emphasize that there is nothing but the thing you have just mentioned involved in something It's laziness, pure and simple.
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