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

 

expurgate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈekspəɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspərɡeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expurgate
BrE BrE//ˈekspəɡeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspərɡeɪt//
 
he / she / it expurgates
BrE BrE//ˈekspəɡeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspərɡeɪts//
 
past simple expurgated
BrE BrE//ˈekspəɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspərɡeɪtɪd//
 
past participle expurgated
BrE BrE//ˈekspəɡeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspərɡeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form expurgating
BrE BrE//ˈekspəɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈekspərɡeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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expurgate something [usually passive] (formal) to remove or leave out parts of a piece of writing or a conversation when printing or reporting it, because you think those parts could offend people She gave an expurgated account of what had happened. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘purge of excrement’): from Latin expurgat- ‘thoroughly cleansed’, from the verb expurgare, from ex- ‘out’ + purgare ‘cleanse’.
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