- 1to remove people from an organization, often violently, because their opinions or activities are unacceptable to the people in power purge something (of somebody) His first act as leader was to purge the party of extremists. Stalin purged Soviet libraries of all books which departed from the official party line. purge somebody (from something) He purged extremists from the party.
- 2(formal) to make yourself/somebody/something pure, healthy or clean by getting rid of bad thoughts or feelings purge yourself/somebody/something (of something) We need to purge our sport of racism. purge something (from something) Nothing could purge the guilt from her mind. Word Origin Middle English (in the legal sense ‘clear oneself of a charge’): from Old French purgier, from Latin purgare
BrE BrE//pɜːdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purge
BrE BrE//pɜːdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrdʒ//he / she / it purges
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrdʒɪz//past simple purged
BrE BrE//pɜːdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrdʒd//past participle purged
BrE BrE//pɜːdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrdʒd//-ing form purging
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrdʒɪŋ//