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Definition of purse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

purse

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pɜːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purse
BrE BrE//pɜːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrs//
 
he / she / it purses
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrsɪz//
 
past simple pursed
BrE BrE//pɜːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrst//
 
past participle pursed
BrE BrE//pɜːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrst//
 
-ing form pursing
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrsɪŋ//
 
 
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purse your lips to form your lips into a small tight round shape, for example to show disapproval Word Origin late Old English, alteration of late Latin bursa ‘purse’, from Greek bursa ‘hide, leather’. The current verb sense (from the notion of drawing purse strings) dates from the early 17th cent.
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